Just like Telos from last week, Superman: Lois and Clark is one of three titles emerging from the wake of DC’s Convergence event.
The series follows the “adventures of the last sons and daughter of Krypton as they try to survive in a world not their own. But can they keep this world from suffering the same fate as their own?”
Superman: Lois and Clark #1 (DC Comics)
Following the events of Convergence, a Superman and Lois Lane not from our reality arrived in the current main DC Universe, not long before the events of the Justice League being founded. The two of them and their son Jonathan decided to live in hiding for the most part (though Superman still saves the day lowkey whenever he can). However, as the years go by and their son gets older, how long can they keep their secret?
The thing about Superman: Lois and Clark #1 is that it’s all setup and not much else. The first half of the comic establishes Lois and Clark’s history, a quick summation of Convergence and their involvement in it, and what they plan on doing from here on out. The second half is better in that it cuts down on the exposition and looks at what they are up to at the moment (even having a neat sequence where Superman saves a falling space shuttle), but it’s still mostly establishing things and the current status quo for the characters. As such, it’s not the most thrilling or exciting first issue I’ve read recently, especially in the story department.
Clark? Lois knows this already. You don’t need to recap this to her if it happened a few days ago.
However, that’s not to say that the issue is a bust. A lot of the ideas and storyline seeds introduced by writer Dan Jurgens in this issue are interesting and have potential; for instance, Jonathan trying to figure out of his family secrets, Lois trying to bring down Intergang and the mysterious someone that’s tracking her and Superman trying to prevent Hank Henshaw from becoming Cyborg Superman (like it did on his world). These are ideas that aren’t necessarily new concepts, but they’re a lot of fun and Jurgens should be able to steer them in a fine direction as the series unfolds. There’s also the family dynamic — Jurgens does a great job making the romance between Lois and Clark genuine, especially in the way they talk and interact with one another; it’s sweet, wholesome and you can feel the love and concern. D’aww.
Otherwise, the rest of the dialogue isn’t too bad and conversations that aren’t in “explaining things” mode sound normal enough. The characterization feels more like classic Superman that most people would be familiar with and for people who’ve been missing a Superman that’s very heroic, kind and doesn’t have a lot of baggage, Superman: Lois and Clark #1 will definitely scratch a lot of itches. The ending is a little strange to me however, since the book ends off on a point that seems unconnected to the main storylines going on. I’m certainly curious for how this final scene will fit in, but right now, it seems out of place.
Makes me wonder how many trenches he dug under the ocean floor in the past.
Artist Lee Weeks does a terrific job. His characters look iconic (the full page spread reveal of Superman is perfect looking); his layouts are striking and easy to discern (though they are bit bogged down by all of the text early on); the simple scenes with the family are warm and tender, and the small amount of action in the book is dynamic. The only time the artwork doesn’t look right is early on in the comic in the first couple of pages, but that’s more due to how Scott Hanna’s inking seems far heavier than in later parts of the comic. Otherwise, the artwork really raises the quality.
Is It Good?
Superman: Lois and Clark #1 is a comic that’s good, but hasn’t quite taken off the ground yet. The issue was mostly all setup and not much else but there’s plenty of potential — especially for fans of the romance between Superman and Lois for this to be a fine addition to the Superman line.