Review: Lois Lane #4

Review: Lois Lane #4

 

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Greg Rucka

Artist: Mike Perkins

Colors: Paul Mounts

Letters: Simon Bowland

 

Reviewed by: Sean Blumenshine

 

Summary

Renee Montoya wants answers. But can she handle the truth of what Lois Lane has uncovered? The questions pile up as Lois meets with both Renee and the original faceless detective, Vic Sage.

Positives

The cover by Emanuela Lupacchino and Romulo Fajardo Jr. is very cool. I love the silhouette of Lois made out of the newspaper; that’s a creative choice.

Mike Perkins’ interior art continues to be great. There’s a really great level of detail; every character looks distinct and expressive. It’s a visually engaging story.

The dialogue between Lois and her son is sweet. It feels natural and engaging. As someone who hasn’t read Superman in a while, I don’t really know what has been going on but I never felt lost.

Negatives

This issue feels a little padded to me. Part of that is it is very focused on the two Questions. I don’t know a lot about this character which is fine but I’m not reading this series for a weird mystery about how the two Questions are both here at the same time. I am curious to see how that plays into the main conspiracy; Lois hints that it does which could be cool.

Additionally, the other half of the issue is taken up by a conversation between Lois and Jon which is charming but it doesn’t exactly move the story forward. It feels like its here because the issue feels like it has to reflect what else is going on with other DC books. I know some people dig that kind of thing but I’m usually distracted by it more than anything. I would prefer this book be a little more focused.

Verdict

I’m not in love with this issue. I feel like the story has stopped. I’m not sure if this was a mandate by DC or if Rucka just wanted to include this farewell to Jon in Lois’ book. And it’s fine; I think a lot of that is sweet. But it doesn’t do much for the plot of this story. The book went a weird detour. The Question stuff could end up grabbing me but I’m somewhat indifferent to it right now. I’m still excited about this book and the art is great but I didn’t enjoy this issue.

 

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Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.