Fallout By Gwenda Bond, A Young Adult Novel Starring Lois Lane, Coming In 2015


After a few teases from Switch Press and author Gwenda Bond, DC Women Kicking Ass has the scoop that a new young adult prose novel starring Lois Lane is coming out in 2015. Titled Fallout, the novel will be released next May. Here’s an official description:

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy …

Author Gwenda Bond added her own thoughts about Lois and the book on her blog today, writing:

Lois is an icon, of course, a superhero without any superpowers . . . except her unmatched bravery and smarts. Not to mention her sense of humor and her commitment to truth and justice. She’s also one of my all-time favorite characters — which is why I jumped at the chance to write a novel featuring a teen Lois, moving to Metropolis and becoming a reporter for the first time. As I said yesterday, it’s been an incredible honor to do this project and work with the fantastic teams at Capstone/Switch Press and DC. And, most of all, to get to put Lois front and center in the starring role, obviously. (Also fun to write lots of banter with her maybe-more-than-a-friend from Kansas, screen name SmallvilleGuy.)

Bond is clearly a huge Lois Lane fan, which is great to hear. Her past work includes the young adult novels Blackwood and The Woken Gods, neither of which I have read but I’m trying to get a hold of them now to check them out. Her newest novel, Girl on a Wire, comes out in October.

This is a very exciting announcement, and yet another step by DC Comics to reach a female audience as of late. Marvel tried a similar move last year with the young adult novels The She-Hulk Diaries and Rogue Touch, which were okay but departed from past incarnations of the characters in significant ways. Fallout appears to have a solid grasp on Lois, and is exploring a part of her life that hasn’t been covered very much, so Bond has lots of room to do her own thing while staying true to the character.

Switch Press has released two teasers for the book this week. Here is the first:


And the second:


The publisher seems very enthusiastically behind the book, so hopefully that will mean a big push from Switch Press and DC Comics as publication nears. I’m really looking forward to this book, and I’m glad to see Lois Lane finally getting some attention. It’s long overdue!

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