What with Greg Rucka’s gritty writing and Mike Perkins’ real-world inspired pages, Lois Lane has to be the DC Comics title that is the closest to reflecting our own real world, and in particular America in today’s political climate of corruption and kickbacks. While Lois Lane represents a form of investigative journalism that still exists, the TV magazine show, The Perspective (the DCU’s version of The View), represents where we are today, the news TV executives assume we want, even if we never asked for it. And so, these rent-a-mouths salaciously argue over THAT picture of Lois Lane kissing Superman, while Lois goes about the tougher job of uncovering the truth quietly, even as this current spotlight on her can’t be helping the ‘undercover’ part of being an undercover reporter. It’s an interesting dichotomy that Rucka includes as a subplot, but it got my attention.
I’m reminded of the point in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 where one news network could not honestly answer the question of whether his channel was covering Trump for ratings or for the public good. Another – seemingly caught out in a candid moment – boasted that Trump was good for ratings and good for profits. The Perspective falls into this lazy style of news coverage for ratings and it’s a poor indictment of the way news is packaged up and marketed today. With celebrity trumping real social issues and grabbing the headlines, we become all the poorer for this current paradigm. It’s not the only shot Rucka takes against news and journalist access – as the cover more than implies. Great use of negative space there by the way, Mike!
Thankfully, we still have journalists out there who do not follow this and work effortlessly and thanklessly behind the scenes. Although, I doubt they suffer the kind of melodramatic moments that Lois Lane does. After all, lest we forget, this is a comic book set in a world of miracles and masks. But, with a lot of real-world references, we can be forgiven if we forget this is set in the same universe that are currently giving us Multiverse shattering threats. After all, other than the photo of Supes and Lane lipped-locked, there’s not a single super power in sight, with the only masked vigilante being The Question, supporting Lane, even of she thinks she doesn’t need anyone watching her back.
A modern day crime-noir comic, tonally, with a tough line on corporate greed, while still setting out a gritty, violent, tense investigation that, even after only two issues, has Lois Lane treading where angels fear to tread. Best of luck, Lois. I think you’re going to need that in spades.
Lois Lane #2 is out now from DC Comics.