First, Newsarama noticed that a picture file of the cover of DC’s recently announced Superwoman title, which is part of their upcoming “Rebirth” line, was titled “Lois Spread_Colors_Final.” That was a bit of a hint. And now that DC is releasing previews of their upcoming line, Bleeding Cool‘s got the inside scoop: Lois Lane is Superwoman. Here’s the official description of the new series:
Imbued with the powers of Superman, Lois Lane pledges to use her powers to protect Metropolis as the new Superwoman. The only problem is, Lois’ new powers are killing her, and neither she nor her friend and confidant Lana Lang know what to do about it. Will Lois even survive long enough to find out the deadly secret of ULTRA-WOMAN?
Superwoman debuts this August, and is written and drawn by Phil Jimenez, along with Emanuela Lupacchino, and it sounds like it could be an interesting series. Look away if you don’t want to see any potential spoilers, but it sounds like the New 52 Superman is going to die and have several different replacements. The pre-New 52 Superman who currently stars in Superman: Lois and Clark will take over as THE Superman, but there will also be Gene Luen Yang’s new Chinese Super-Man, Lex Luthor’s wearing a suit with a Superman logo on it, and Lois will take to the skies as Superwoman. It’s all very reminiscent of the original death of Superman in the 1990s, when he was replaced by Cyborg Superman, the Eradicator, Steel, and Superboy.
There are currently two Lois Lanes in the DC universe, the New 52 Lois and the pre-New 52 Lois, and the description doesn’t specify which Lois will be Superwoman. I’m guessing it’s the New 52 Lois, though, seeing as she’s got the closest connection to the Superman who seems to be not long for the world. I’m not sure if she’ll continue with her journalistic alter ego or if she’ll just be Superwoman and the pre-New 52 Lois will take over at the Daily Planet; the details are a little sparse right now.
I do like that there are two Loises, though. Having Lois be Superwoman and ditch journalism just wouldn’t feel right, but with a second Lois around to continue on the newspaper front, DC can have their cake and eat it too. We’ll have the classic Lois, chasing down scoops, along with a new take on the character in her Superwoman guise.
Lois has gotten superpowers occasionally in the past, but only momentarily. In one Silver Age story, both Lois and Lana Lang got powers and immediately used their new abilities to fight over who would be the better wife for Superman. It sounds like today’s Lois is going to use her powers for more altruistic means, and I’m very excited to hear that she’s teaming up with Lana! They were rivals for decades in the Silver and Bronze Ages, and then were never close in the post-Crisis era. Having them finally become friends is a very cool change and I’m looking forward to seeing them work together.
However, I do have a bit of trepidation about the superpowers slowly killing her, only because it sounds a lot like the current plot of The Mighty Thor. Jane Foster is Thor, but she has cancer in her civilian identity and turning into Thor negates the effects of her chemotherapy. Phil Jimenez is a great writer, though, and I’m hopeful that he’ll have a very different angle on things that will make Superwoman stand out from The Mighty Thor.
While the bulk of DC’s “Rebirth” line is set to ship bi-monthly, Superwoman will be a normal, monthly title and its first issue will premiere on August 10. I’m definitely going to check it out. Honestly, it’s not the sort of Lois Lane series I was hoping for; I think that Lois is long overdue for a series that focuses on her adventures as a journalist, tracking down scoops for the Daily Planet and taking down villains, corrupt institutions, and more. But this sounds fun too. I love Jimenez and Lupacchino, the book will be gorgeous for sure, and it could be an interesting new direction for the character. I’m looking forward to it.