♬ On the twelfth day of Christmas the New 52 took from me ♬
Twelve classic plot lines,
Eleven loving couples,
Ten favorite titles,
Nine pretty costumes,
Eight heartwarming friendships,
Seven –ty eight years of history,
Six respected writers,
Five Teen Titans,
Four female leads,
Three New Gods,
And logical continuity
Superman: Hey You
Lois Lane: Hey You
The CUTE, ADORABLE, MEANT TO BE TOGETHER CLOIS!!!
To me, the core of that attraction is that she is a better reporter than he is. Think about being Superman for a second. The Olympic record for weightlifting is 1,038 lbs., but you could lift more than that as a child. The record for the 100 meter dash is 9.58 seconds, but you can travel over 51 miles in that time. Going to Vegas? You don’t need your X-Ray vision to win at Blackjack, because you can just count the cards while holding down a conversation about nuclear physics. Without really trying, you are better at just about everything than anyone else in the world.
However, (as Mark Waid once pointed out in a podcast with Marv Wolfman) none of that really translates to your chosen profession. Typing really fast does not help your prose. Being able to lift a tank does not help you convince a source to go on record. It is as near to competing straight up with normal people as Superman would ever be capable of. Even then, it comes easily enough to him that you get a pretty lofty perch at a great paper very early in your career. It is just in this one context, there is someone better than you are: Lois Lane.
As mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, you reach up for the first time in your life and she rejects you.
To me, it is an inversion of the Luthor story. Luthor sees someone above him and feels hate. Superman sees someone above him and feels love.
Lois fucking Lane pumping iron while Clark makes himself pretty.
The Man of Steel issue #4
“The wellfare of Earth and all its people will always be my primary concern. But if there is a solution of hunger, it must be one that comes from the compassionate heart of man and extends outward toward his fellow man. There’s an old saying: ‘Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime.’ That simple message asks humankind to nurture with knowledge, to reach out to those in need and inspire others to do the same. That is life’s greatest necessity and its most precious gift.”
Remember to purchase a digital copy of the next chapter in Smallville: Season 11’s first arc, “Guardian,” available today at ComiXology and the DC app. It’s only $.99 and buying a copy means letting DC Comics know you support Lois and Clark.
Since the first issue of “Guardian” was successful enough to warrant a reprint, please consider buying another or your first if you didn’t buy a copy already. Plus, it has a different cover featuring Gary Frank’s art of Clark above the Earth as Superman in Smallville’s series finale, which you can see here courtesy of @since1938.
The continuation of Smallville’s story into the flights and tights years has been wonderful to read online thus far, and today it comes to print! Bryan Q. Miller is a writer who has repeatedly spoken of his love for Lois, but more importantly, he’s demonstrated that love, on the show and in this comic. This book is an absolute pleasure for any fan of Lois Lane, and for any fan of Superman, Clark Kent, or Smallville, too. Please support this book! Use your spending power to tell DC that Superman doesn’t have to be isolated from his love, his family or his city to be entertaining, and that we want stories that respect Lois’ importance in the narrative.
And once you pick it up, check out DC Women Kicking Ass’ contest. Just take a picture of your copy of the book and send it in, and you could win signed copies of issues #1 and #2, as well as a print of the digital cover by Cat Staggs!
Never bought a comic before? No problem! You can find the nearest comic store near you by using the Comic Shop Locator. If there’s no shop near you, or you can’t get to one, why not order online? You can order it at Midtown Comics here, and there are several other ways to find comics online, such as mycomicshop.com or Amazon.
Buy this comic! It gets a 5 out of 5 stars approval rating from the Lois fans here; I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we do.
Why yes I am reblogging the same picture.
BECAUSE I AM JUST THAT EXCITED OK.
Look at Lois on that cover. Look at this physical book that I want in my hands. 5 times. Because I’m going to be buying 5 copies and forcing them on people.
(also I’m interested to se what’s on that facing page; it looks like a costume comparison or design page, maybe?)
Everyone should buy this. It will make you happy.