Slowy I turned & step by step, inch by inch . . .

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**some spoilers ahead**

Could it be we are seeing the first glimmerings of the triangle for two?

At Baltimore Con in September, (thanks, Chris!) Dan Didio stated that after ‘a couple of bad stories’ then Lois Lane’s storyline will be built up (the ‘bad’ stories could be in the fauxmance book as that was the subject of discussion).  Now at NYCC Didio has stated that although they wanted to explore the Superman and Wonder Woman relationship (fauxmance book) ‘for a bit’, there still is a contingent of Lois fans and that Lois Lane looks good as a title on a comic.  This could occur within this next year.

Within the books we do have a few clues:

In the fauxmance book, (first issue out last week) we find that Clark still has secrecy issues as well as his infamous overprotectiveness.  Apparently Diana is not Lois.  She has tolerated Clark not making their relationship public, but is beginning to think he’s ashamed of it because he doesn’t want to shout it to the world.  (Maybe not quite a guy in love.)  Also Superman seems to want to take on all the ‘dangerous’ stuff first hand, but he’s in a relationship with Wonder Woman, someone who can take care of herself.

She’s fought along side him for 5 years now, but he’s acting like she’s ‘incapable’ of handling things now.  It could all be a desire to protect her but that’s not what their relationship is about.  They are together because they both are physically invulnerable and are fearful to love humans who aren’t.

Clark has been secretive with Lois as is the nature of his protectiveness of her.  He doesn’t desire any of his loved ones to be put in peril because he is Superman as well as Clark Kent.  In the past, the feisty Ms. Lane has bucked under the strain of this protection.  She is a woman who can take care of herself and she makes no bones and doesn’t wait to tell Superman this.  Lois is always Lois.  There’s no holding back or ‘guessing’ why he does or doesn’t do something.  Lois likes things open and honest.

Another note:  Clark thinks Lois is amazing (in Superman) but thinks Diana is strange (fauxmance book).  Clark is a writer and certainly could have found a complimentary adjective to use — exotic, mysterious, but no, Soule has him use the word strange . . . to Diana.

In the fauxmance book, Diana will teach Clark fighting technique which is a good foundation for their friendship.  Clark is a brawler by nature and learning a few nuances of battle from a woman who is currently the God of War in her own book will not be a detriment.  However, it is because she has been raised a warrior and has that mindset, this will clash with Clark’s moral core of giving second chances and preservation of life.

Last Spring, Scott Lobdell introduced a storyline where Superboy (Kon) was a clone of Clark and Lois’ future natural born son, Jon Lane Kent.   Jon was kidnapped and raised by Harvest to destroy all the supers and metahumans in the 30th century.  Harvest also was responsible for getting yet another set of Clark and Lois’ DNA (Clark’s during Action 2 perhaps and Lois’ in the present psi story?) and applying them to Jon’s to create Kon.  Superboy 22 was to be a fight between Jon and Kon but that was skipped over until Teen Titans Annual #2 (out this month,  October).

Apparently Kon is to be killed off in Superboy 25 and will have Jon continuing in that book.  Marv Wolfman will be writing this story.  So Lois Lane has a natural born son by Clark (from the future) who has been raised to kill supers and metas.  Just conjecture, but according to Didio in a tweet by the intrepid Chris, Lois is going to be a big deal.  Who finds out first?  Clark that he and Lois have a son?  Lois?  Or does Jon find out and then the games begin?

At Baltimore Comic Con, Didio said in a conversation that ‘they’ pushed Lois down too far.  Thus the necessary build up.  Action and Superman orders have been falling and getting very close to the 40,000 below par mark.  Superman of all characters should NEVER have such abysmal ‘sales’ ESPECIALLY during his 75th anniversary.

The psi war story has been in both Action and Superman comics after Diggle’s departure.  No longer being written by Scott Lobdell but by Mike Johnson.  Lois is out to save Superman, once again.  She has powers now and does not hesitate to go to his rescue.  In fact, fans have seen Lois Lane save Superman more times than he has saved her in the new 52.  After a brief departure of Clark going to the newly ‘revived’ Krypton, then Lois will be back in Superman 26 with her psi powers only to be a ‘meal’ for Parasite.  Which will probably bring her back to normal human power status.  But it is Lois Lane, she does have extraoridinary powers in the face of vulnerability.

Lois has been featured in the first issues of Batman/Superman by Greg Pak.  New 52 characters meet their counterparts on Earth 2 before they all ‘died’.  Pak will be writing Action Comics beginning with issue 25.  Despite the coordinating with the Batman Zero storyline with his first issue, he will then go into ‘present’ storylines.  Pak has proven he ‘gets’ the triangle for two or as it has become known in modern terms . . . Clois.

Charles Soule may have Lois in his book as a supporting character.  Right now, Cat is being featured as the one who may implode the romantic aspects of the fauxmance.  Clark doesn’t want it public, but how ironic if it was exposed in his own blog that he shares with Cat.  Soule does write a good story, but unfortunately it’s the wrong story to get my money.  He hasn’t thrown Lois under the bus – and that will be my guideline as to whether or not he knows his stuff regarding the Superman mythology and what makes it so beloved and successful.

Will the fauxmance book catch up with this Lois build up?  That’s a question only time will tell.  Pak and Soule have tweeted they enjoy communicating about their shared universe.

In Action and Superman, Lois has psionic powers and is rescuing Superman.  In Superboy and Superman, she is the mother of Jon Lane Kent and the double-mother of Connor ‘Kon’ Kent.  In Batman/Superman, Earth 2 Lois was a drink of cool clear water after trekking through a desert.

And please don’t forget the comic that may have shown the powers that be the error of their ways . . .Superman Unchained.  Scott Snyder has said Lois is the key and will be rescuing Superman (probably in more ways than one).   She is featured on the cover of issue #5 in November.

While they are building up Lois, how can they help but give Clark Kent journalist a boost as well.  Clark doesn’t seem very excited about this blogging thing without Lois Lane in his orbit.  The blog he shares with Cat has been nothing but infotainment — something he accused Lois of when he found out she was moving in with Jonathan Carroll.  At least Lois waited 4 years to do so and probably after waiting for Clark to make a move since their chemistry is unmistakable.   Jonathan pursued her.  Clark didn’t.  After knowing Lois for five years and thinking she’s the most amazing woman he’s ever met, he kisses Diana out of fear and loneliness and starts dating his Justice League co-member.

This storyline has been very damaging to both the Superman and Wonder Woman individual mythologies.  Pushing Lois down too far may now have DCE finding a way to unsink Superman in his books.

Scott Snyder, Bryan Q. Miller and the various creators in the Adventures of Superman books have kept the true Superman mythology alive and well.  Kicking ass and taking names.  Scott Snyder’s Superman Unchained, when it is published, has been the #1 DC comic for the month.  Smallville Season 11 and Adventures of Superman are digital-firsts which not only sell electronic comics but also prints.

With the buildup of Lois Lane’s storyline, it means that the Superman mythology will FINALLY come to full blossom in the new 52.  Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Superman.  The Daily Planet, Krypton, and perhaps some Smallville locales could flesh out this iconic story.  The one that fans for generations have adored and purchased.

We’re still in the middle of New York Comic Con and perhaps there will be more goodies for Superman fans everywhere.

PS:  If DCE does the 5 year leap in September, 2014 and they’ve already established Lois Lane as a pillar of the Superman mythology – then I’m all for it.  Still would like to see things develop.  Have some foundation to build stories upon.

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2 Comments

  1. Bob replied:

    So John Lane Kent becomes the next Superboy? Is that real or were they just kidding?

    I was thinking of Pre52 Superman. I really think they really messed up when they got rid of Chris Kent (or aged him up really quick). Supes is one of the few superheroes I can see continuing on in his title as a dad.

    In my weird head I had imagined Clois with Chris and somehow getting pregnant with another kid to be named – John Kent! (Called Jack just to keep that ‘k’ sound in there). That would have been really nice to see.

    I could see it. Do you have fanfic to recommend to me? Smallville verse? So many of them deal with Clois trying to get together and I want to read something where they are already hooked up (besides the Smallville comic of course).

    • baudyhallee replied:

      Hi Bob,

      No, they’re not kidding seeing as this storyline has been postponed since last Spring. Jon Lane Kent will be the next Superboy starting in Superboy #26 and will be written by Marv Wolfman, author of Crisis on Infinite Earths. This story is in good hands as Wolfman knows these characters intimately. He knows what makes them tick. Am really pretty excited about how he is going to approach it.

      Chris Kent’s story, unfortunately, was conceived by someone who didn’t believe Clark and Lois could have their own child. He’s one of the big three at DCE now. Then they took Superman and put him on New Krypton – out of his own books (Action for 2 years and Superman for a year) which made him neither Superman or Clark Kent. He was Kal-El and apparently was not to even think about his wife he left on Earth. So the whole Chris Kent thing was spoiled for me especially since he as Nightwing took over Action for a year, then Lex and all the baddies in the DCU took over for another year. Orders plummeted. New Krypton series didn’t help the situation. And that’s why when DCE came out with the marriage was dragging down the character — that was such a blatant lie since the marriage had not been addressed for almost 3 years by that time.

      I find Clark and Lois having a natural born child of their own a terrific step in the right direction. Who knows how long Jon will live and they may or may not bring back Kon. I find this plotline an acceleration of the triangle for two which has been non-existent in the new 52 and it has damaged the Superman character as well as sales for his books. Lois is a pillar of the Superman mythology and it’s about time she came to the rescue. So I think this is an unleashing of Lois to save Superman and to revitalize the Clark Kent character. Superman is enjoyed for his dual identity. He’s an alien who wants to be human – and he loves and admires the very best of humanity . . . Lois Lane.

      Sorry, I haven’t been in the fanfic loop in quite a while. I have heard there are some MOS fics out there and technically Clark and Lois are ‘together’ in that incarnation since she knows the ‘secret’ already.

      The new 52 started out with Lois knowing the secret from the very beginning (according to George Perez the writer of Superman) so I’m wondering if Wolfman or some of the other writers of the Superman stories will pick up that dropped thread again. Here’s hoping!

      Thanks for the comment.

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