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Review – Lois Lane #8 (DC Comics)

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Lois Lane #8

Writer: Greg Rucka
Penciler: Mike Perkins
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Publisher: DC Comics
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: February 5th, 2020

Lois and Rene fight off the new threat, but there is more going on than what meets the eye. New threats emerge and new dark schemes become evident.

Heroes Are on the Run in Lois Lane #8

The fact that DC and Marvel control the vast share of the comics market is both a boon and a bane. They control some of the most popular characters, and generally succeed in creating satisfying stories featuring them. As they are large entities with huge business interests, there can also be levels of editorial control that hamper the creative teams. This can mean that there are huge crossovers that are forced on specific titles. At the moment a number of DC titles have lost focus due to the tie-in to “Year of the Villain”. Equally, due to business decisions, social commentary can often be left out of these titles. Gladly, though, both of these trends have been missing in this series so far. It is only ostensibly a superhero story. Superman shows up from time to time. Rene Montoya is there as a version of the Question, but spends more time as Rene. This makes the entire series a refreshing look at DC’s modern world. Lois Lane #8 continues this unconventional series.

Writing

Lois Lane #8 (DC Comics) main cover by Mike Perkins
Lois Lane #8 (DC Comics) main cover by Mike Perkins

The writing thus far in the series has been of high caliber. One would expect this of veteran writer Greg Rucka. He continues this strong work here. To be honest, this issue is not the strongest of the series. The showdown that was the cliffhanger at the end of the previous issue ties up the first half of the issue. This throws off the pacing a bit. However, the story gets back on track in the second half, focusing again on the characters and the societal issues. What has made this series so good, thus far, is all here, though maybe not in the same proportions. 

Art

The art in Lois Lane #8 is handled by the same crew that has drawn the series so far, with Mike Perkins on pencils and Gabe Eltaeb on colors. Although it is based on the flashy superhero world, the art here sets it aside. There are still heroes here with their colors popping off the page, but it still feels gritty and real.  

Conclusion

This issue could have easily been more mundane. In any twelve-issue series there is a formula to follow in terms of the development of the overall plot. Because of this an issue #8 of a series is not meant to move readers, instead just to move along the story. That is partially the case here, but there is a bit more. The series has aimed to tackle broader issues and it does so here, albeit in subtle ways. So while the series is catching its breath in terms of pacing, there is no dropoff in social commentary.


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