Title: Lois Lane: Fallout
Author: Gwenda Bond
As an unapologetic fan of all things Superman, it should come as no surprise that I love Lois Lane. Like, if Lois Lane was a real person, she’d be at the top of my celebrity crush list. But she’s not real. She’s a work of fiction. But she’s managed to survive countless stories and incarnations spanning 77 years.
This time, she’s a high school student who is desperately trying to make it work? What is it? Being a high school student. As Lois has been in most stories, she’s the daughter of General Sam Lane and has been bounced around from school to school throughout her young life. And, as has been the norm for Lois in most stories since her inception, she has a certain penchant for finding trouble.
In Fallout, trouble finds her when she gets involved in the life of a fellow student who is being bullied by a group of creepy teens who give off a real Borg kind of vibe. At the same time, Lois is introduced to Perry White, future Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Planet, who offers her a position with the Daily Scoop, an online publication run by a small group of high school kids.
Lois is able to use her new position as a cub reporter to do some digging on the group of bullies. These “Warheads” are hardcore gamers who have taken cyberbullying into the real world. And when the girl being bullied becomes one of the Warheads, Lois has no choice but to take on those responsible for creating their hive mind.
I’ve been somewhat vocal in the past about my disappointment in the direction that DC Comics has gone with the character of Lois Lane in recent years. It was bad enough that they rebooted the continuity and erased her relationship with Clark Kent from existence. Then, earlier this year, Lois outed Clark as Superman, letting the whole world know of his dual identity. That’s not the Lois Lane that I grew up reading about and seeing on TV and in movies.
Gwenda Bond’s version of Lois, while a far more modernized version of the character than we’ve probably ever seen, takes her back to the root of what makes her Lois Lane. And, reading about her adventures in high school, I got a real Veronica Mars kind of feel from the character. And I mean that in the best possible way. It’s considered a young adult novel, but so are your precious Twilight books, so don’t let that stop you from picking this up. Because it’s better than sparkly vampires could ever hope to be.