9:45am PT by Graeme McMillan
Lois Lane's First Superhero Outing Isn't What Audiences Are Expecting
[This story spoils the first issue of DC Entertainment's Superwoman comic book series, available in stores and digitally today. Read further at your own risk. No, really.]
When DC Entertainment announced Superwoman, the hook of the comic book series — part of the publisher's Rebirth line-wide relaunch — was very clear. As the solicitation for the first issue put is, "Now powered up with the abilities of Superman, Lois [Lane] pledges to carry on the super-legacy as Superwoman! There's only one problem: Lois' new powers are killing her, and neither she nor her friend and confidant Lana Lang know what to do about it."
The first issue of the series, however, throws two important twists into that tale. Firstly, Lana Lang shares Superman's abilities with Lois, and secondly, Lois apparently dies at the end of the issue. As if to remove any doubt about Lois' fate, the final panel teases the next issue with the caption "Next: Who killed Superwoman?"
There are, of course, complications to this cliffhanger. Firstly, Lois-as-Superwoman appears on released covers for the second and third issues of the series, with series writer and artist Phil Jimenez sharing the third issue's cover on Twitter today. So perhaps Lois isn't dead after all … ?
Then again, the Superwoman Lois isn't the only Lois Lane in the current DC comic book universe; there's another Lois — who comes from an alternate timeline and is married to that timeline's Superman — appearing in both the Action Comics and Superman comic book series concurrently. That means that Superwoman can kill off its Lois without depriving fans of a Lois Lane in the comic books.
Certainly, based on the evidence of the first issue, the Superwoman Lois seems to have passed on in exactly the same manner as Superman in the recent "Final Days of Superman" storyline. But if there's one thing superhero comics have taught its audience, it's that death is not necessarily the end.
After more than three quarters of a century as an intrepid reporter, can Lois Lane's first major super-feat in her own comic book be to return from the afterlife?
Superwoman No. 1 is available digitally and in comic book stores today.