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Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond is Officially Out This Weekend; GO BUY IT!

April 29, 2016

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If you’re a Lois Lane fan, you’re about to have an excellent week: The sequel to last year’s fantastic YA novel Lois Lane: Fallout will be officially released this weekend, and it’s so good. Author Gwenda Bond is back with Lois Lane: Double Down, an adventure that’s even bigger and better than its predecessor. Like, literally bigger; it’s longer, so you get even more teenaged Lois fun.

And this time, Lois is up against the mob and evil scientists, trying to crack another big mystery and help her friends, as well as get a good story for the Daily Scoop. There’s a lot of action and suspense, but also a lot of heart. What I love most about Bond’s Lois is how much she cares, how she can’t let a wrong go without a response; despite her cool exterior, Lois is all compassion underneath.

The book expands Lois’s world considerably, taking us into new parts of Metropolis and introducing several additional characters. For those with a background in the Superman mythos, there are some fun nods to classic villains and other elements of the comics, but Bond is sly with them. You don’t have to know anything about Lois, Superman, or their decades of comics to enjoy the book. Heck, you don’t even have to read Fallout to enjoy Double Down, though I’d recommend doing so. While you’ll get caught up on things pretty quickly, I find it’s always more enjoyable to read a series in order.

I’m being generally vague here because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. The book is fantastic, with lots of fun twists and turns, so I’m leery of saying more than “It’s Lois and her pals against some bad guys again and it’s super rad.” But it really is super rad. I was luckily enough to get an early copy a few months ago, and I read it in a day because I couldn’t put it down.

For me, Gwenda Bond writes the best Lois Lane out there right now. The best Lois of the 21st century, really, at least. When I wrote Investigating Lois Lane, I read/saw/listened to pretty much everything Lois has been in, and Bond’s Lois is one of my very favourites. She encompasses everything I love about past incarnations of the character while also being fresh, modern, and unique in her own way. Here’s a spoiler for my own book: Fallout and Double Down are the last things I talk about in Investigating Lois Lane, and there’s a reason for that. In an era where Lois has been criminally underused, Bond has crafted a Lois that shows why she’s a relevant, fantastic character who deserves the spotlight.

Lois Lane: Double Down is officially out on May 1, though copies have been shipping out early so if you head to your local bookstore now you might luck out and nab one. It’s a great read, and just a wonderful take on Lois all around. Plus, every copy sold is a step towards a third Lois Lane book from Gwenda Bond, and we definitely need to make that happen. Happy reading, fellow Lois fans! You’re going to love this one.

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Investigating Lois Lane Is Officially Out TODAY!

March 1, 2016

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While Amazon has been shipping out Investigating Lois Lane for weeks now and it’s been in comic shops for a while, today is the official release date for the book! And it’s available in a bunch of places in a bunch of ways: online, in stores, Kindle and ebook editions. Basically, however you like to read and buy books, you’ll be able to get it now (here’s a page with a bunch of links for where!)

And you should get it, because Lois Lane is one of the greatest characters of all time. She’s been around since the very dawn of the superhero genre and has lived through it all as a constant presence in comics, television, and film (and radio and Broadway and a lot of other places too; the gal gets around). Her story often gets overshadowed by Superman, but Investigating Lois Lane brings Lois into the spotlight to explore her history and her unique perspective on the world of superheroes. The book covers every incarnation of the character from her creation in 1938 to the present day, hitting all of the obvious beats as well as delving into more obscure moments from her past. It also digs into the creators who wrote and drew Lois over the decades, looking behind the scenes at the real world motivations of her various depictions. It was so much fun to research and write, and I hope you check it out.

Here are some quotes from some amazing people who’ve already read the book and provided lovely blurbs for the back cover. I still can’t believe these blurbs; Kelly Sue, Gwenda, and Anne are some of the smartest and raddest people I know:

“A wonderful introduction to the character and history of Lois Lane, and how she has continually served as a canary in the coal mine for the treatment of women in comics in general.” —Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer of Bitch Planet, Captain Marvel, and Pretty Deadly

“Tim Hanley finally gives the iconic, enduring first lady of DC Comics the deep exploration and historical analysis she deserves. The result is a decades-long story as absorbing and filled with twists as any of Lois’s front page scoops.” —Gwenda Bond, author of Lois Lane: Fallout and Lois Lane: Double Down

“This smart, funny, and thorough biography of the long-suffering woman behind the Man of Steel and her world-renowned multimedia career will have you rethinking damsels in distress and their central role in Western media faster than a speeding bullet. If only I’d had this book as a young journalist and Superman fan!” —Anne Elizabeth Moore, author of Unmarketable and cofounder of the Ladydrawers Comics Collective

It’s wonderful and humbling that such spectacularly talented people like the book, and I hope that you’ll like it too!

If you want to know a bit more about Investigating Lois Lane, here are a few interviews I’ve done about it:

Also, I’m going to be in Chicago soon for a few events, chatting about Lois Lane and signing books. I’ll put this up on its own in another post, but I’ll be at Women & Children First on Wednesday, March 16, at 7:30pm for a panel discussion on Lois and other female comics alongside the fantastic Anne Elizabeth Moore, Caitlin Rosberg, Katie Schenkel, and Lauren Burke! I’ll also be at C2E2 from March 18-20, signing at the Independent Publishers Group booth (#640) on all three days. My official times are Friday 3:00-4:00pm, Saturday 1:30-2:30pm, and Sunday 11:30-12:30pm. So if you’re in the area, come on by!

So yeah, hooray book birthday! If you’re a fan of Lois Lane, of women in comics, or of superheroes and comic book history generally, Investigating Lois Lane is the book for you. Check it out and let me know what you think. Also, if you enjoy the book, reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and the like are always super helpful and would be much appreciated. Thanks to all of you for reading and supporting the book!

Gwenda Bond’s Lois Lane: Fallout YA Novel Is Out Today And You Should Go Buy It

May 1, 2015

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When Lois Lane: Fallout was first announced, I was excited but wary. DC treats some of my favourite characters badly in their own publishing division and they own them, so farming out someone as fantastic and often poorly used as Lois had me a bit nervous. I immediately went to the library to get the first Gwenda Bond book I could find to see who we were dealing with here. I found The Woken Gods, and it was pretty great. Kick ass female lead, huge scope but nice small moments as well, lots of fun all around. I was feeling a bit better.

Then I got an advanced copy of Lois Lane: Fallout, and it blew my socks off. It’s Lois in a completely different setting, as a teenager starting high school in Metropolis, with almost an entirely new cast of characters and villains, but it’s so absolutely Lois Lane. Everything I love about all of the different incarnations of the character is distilled into this fearless, tenacious teenager. I devoured the book in one sitting, and have been looking forward to its release day, when everyone else will get a chance to read it.

I’ve got a full review of the book up at The Comics Journal, where I dig into Lois Lane: Fallout and situate it in the context of how Lois has been presented in the past and the current direction DC Comics appears to be heading with Lois and their female characters generally. My thanks to the folks at The Comics Journal for getting on board with the review; it’s a little bit outside of their wheelhouse, but I was keen to get it in front of a comics reading audience and they kindly obliged.

So yeah, go read the book! Lois is such a fantastic, iconic character and it’s so much fun to have her in this new setting. I recommend it even if YA isn’t really your jam; Lois Lane: Fallout is a great bridge between comics and YA. It’s got enough classic comic book elements to please comic book fans while still working well as a fantastic YA novel. If you love Lois Lane, you’re going to love this book.

Read A New Lois Lane Short Story By Gwenda Bond In Advance Of Lois Lane: Fallout

March 6, 2015

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Lois Lane: Fallout, a new YA novel about a teenage Lois starting high school in Metropolis, isn’t out until May, but now you can get a first look at this Lois in Lois Lane: A Real Work of Art, a free short story by the book’s author, Gwenda Bond. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Lois Lane: Fallout and it is fantastic; trust me, you’re going to want to read it. It’s the Lois we all know and love, just younger, and she’s got a nose for news even as a teen.

The novel begins with Lois starting a new school, determined to make a fresh start after every other school she attended as a military brat had resulted in a new, ominous addition to her permanent record. Lois is a born troublemaker who refuses to sit idly by when something seems suspicious, and the lengthy file that accompanies her to Metropolis is a testament to that. Her plan to blend in at her new school quickly goes off the rails in the novel, but this new short story is an earlier tale set another school, a sort of trip back through Lois’ legendary permanent record.

Much like the novel, the story begins with Lois’ first day at a new school. She’s been assigned to an art class, so what sort of trouble could come from that? Paint a picture, have a nice time, make some friends. Easy peasy. But, not at all surprisingly, Lois soon finds herself on the trail of a mysterious teacher, and things escalate from there. The story is a lot of fun, and a great introduction to the new, teen Lois.

Lois hasn’t had much to do in comics as of late, so it’s very exciting that she’s about to star in her own YA novel. And you can get your Lois fix right now with this free short story! I highly recommend checking it out, and picking up Lois Lane: Fallout on May 1. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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

August 26, 2014

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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:

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And the second:

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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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