We knew that Superman’s pal and partner were getting their own 12 issue maxi-series but it was The LA Times that delved deeper and gave us more details about the two series, including the amazing front covers for the first issues of both titles.
But, don’t expect either of these books to feature the big blue Boy Scout. These are to be very much Lois and Jimmy’s own books with their own distinct stories. While Lois’ investigative journalism has seen her go that extra mile time and time again, in this series, writer Greg Rucka is quick to point out that she is far from fearless:
There’s plenty that frightens her; the difference is that it never stops her. She was like that before Superman entered her life, and so she remains.
And, in a book where the realism will be an important factor of Lois Lane’s story, Mile Perkins is the perfect fit to illustrate this world. A world far removed from that of Superman’s own. As Mike points out:
I’ve always relished portraying that real world in the comics I illustrate as much as the super heroic… [Lois] chooses to believe in her own abilities — her own prowess — to solve those problems that may seem unsurmountable. Lois is after the truth no matter what side of the political divide her person of interest stands on. That’s some pretty potent, powerful attributes for a portrayal of integrity in the days of ‘fake news.’
In contrast to this gritty street-level series is Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen by Matt Fraction and Steve Leiber. A book which Fraction tells the LA Times is “ridiculous and sublime,” with Jimmy vlogging to make ends meet and reflecting the new world order of journalism at a time when the decline of print news is very evident to all. Fraction told the LA Times:
Jimmy’s videos are basically the only thing keeping the lights on at the Planet anymore. They have to let him keep doing his thing because it’s the only thing that pays the bills but it’s [also] really expensive” because they keep having to rebuild Metropolis after any messes he causes.
This sounds very much like the more light-hearted one the two and that’s backed up by what Leiber says about this new gig:
Most of my career, my art has been the place where humor went to die. I just really didn’t get to be funny at all. And that’s changed a lot over the past couple of years.
With both characters getting short stories of there own in the forthcoming Superman: Leviathan Rising one-shot this May 29th, these will be a nice appetizer for the main course when Lois Lane #1 and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen see the light of day this July. Two great looking books, two very different approaches and two week thought out creative teams as well. I can’t wait!