Last week’s opening installment of “Girls’ Day Out” was rather underwhelming, and failed to make use of the massive fun potential of a Wonder Woman and Lois Lane team-up. This week’s conclusion is no better, and perhaps worse, both in terms of structure and story. It’s a disappointing finish to a story I had very high hopes for.
Structurally, this issue was an even quicker read than last week’s. Not a single page has more than two panels, and altogether there are 31 panels spread across 20 pages. Almost half of the book is unnecessary full page spreads. You can read it all in about a minute. The writing is minimal, and the art seems lazy; when Lois saves the day with a flash mob armed with potted plants, we only see maybe 3 or 4 different people, hardly “mob” standards. It just doesn’t feel like anybody but a lot of effort into this story.
The story itself isn’t great either, and my major problem with it revolves around a scene where Lois is ensnared in Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth. First, Lois starts spitting out secrets left and right, which is just silly. I don’t think the lasso should automatically compel people to blurt out every secret they have, but that’s just being a nitpicky fan. I much prefer a take on the lasso where Wonder Woman controls the person in its grasp, and can force them to tell the truth if she so chooses.
Apart from my nitpicking, though, my bigger issue is with the truths that Lois reveals. Let’s go through them quickly:
- “I feel insecure around you.” – This tired angle has been a constant for pretty much every Wonder Woman/Lois interaction. Can’t we just have them be friends who respect each other?
- “I color my hair!” – So do most women. Why is this even a thing? Pointing it out like it’s some sort of juicy secret seems dumb.
- “I’m worried about my career!” – Lois Lane? I don’t think so.
- “I think you’re going to fail and we’re going to die!” – Again, Lois Lane? Not so much. Lois knows there’s always a way to beat the bad guys.
- “I don’t believe superheroes will save the day!” – One last time, Lois Lane? Come on. Lois is all about superheroes, and sees the good in them even when the world doesn’t trust them.
- “I think Clark Kent is kind of cute.” – Okay, this one I’m on board with. This is the only one that seems like a truth Lois would try to keep hidden.
Overall, this sequence is just a poor display of understanding Lois. It’s also indicative of the story’s approach to Lois as a whole; she never feels quite right.
In the end, the monsters are defeated and Lois gets to do a proper interview with Wonder Woman, which is a nice way to close the issue, but there’s just no meat on the bones of this two-parter. The characters don’t seem like themselves, the story is painfully short and rushed, and the whole thing is a forgettable waste of what should have been a great team-up. This easily could have been just one digital issue; it still wouldn’t have been good, but at least it would feel like you’re getting your money’s worth. Sensation Comics has been on a great run, but this was a misstep on every level. Next week’s issue is an Aaron Lopresti story with dragons, so let’s hope that turns out awesome.