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July 6, 2019 3:23 AM   Subscribe

DC Comics has just launched a new Lois Lane series portraying her as a hard-nosed reporter who gets thrown out of the White House press room for daring to ask awkward questions about refugee camps. It's written by Gotham Central's Greg Rucka, drawn by Mike Perkins, and so far it looks pretty good. Here's a preview.
posted by Paul Slade (25 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
 
Oooh! Thanks for the heads-up! Loved Gotham Central and really want to read this now.
posted by brainwane at 4:37 AM on July 6, 2019


Does she have a Model M keyboard in that laptop?
posted by MtDewd at 4:46 AM on July 6, 2019 [2 favorites]


This is Greg Rucka, who's consistently been one of the better writers at DC and has not hesitated to inject real-world political/social commentary into his books, sometimes with the effect that those books get shuffled to the back in favor of the likes of "what if the Joker, but, you know, even edgier." He's bringing back the Renee Montoya Question, so I'm in.
posted by Halloween Jack at 5:35 AM on July 6, 2019 [10 favorites]


I've tweeted the three pages showing Lois's run-in with the book's equivalent of Sarah Huckerbee Sanders here.
posted by Paul Slade at 5:56 AM on July 6, 2019 [7 favorites]


Lois Lane must have a hell of an expense account if she can afford to drink out of the mini bar.
posted by Bee'sWing at 6:24 AM on July 6, 2019 [9 favorites]


Can we get this sort of thing IRL?
posted by evilDoug at 6:30 AM on July 6, 2019 [4 favorites]


oh hell yes, Gotham Central was pretty much the best thing DC ever did with Batman
posted by Greg Nog at 8:34 AM on July 6, 2019 [1 favorite]


I don't read specific comic properties so much as just follow Greg Rucka around. He's so good. If you haven't read Queen and Country or Whiteout, you are in for such a treat. There are even Queen and Country (non-graphic) novels.
posted by hydropsyche at 8:59 AM on July 6, 2019 [4 favorites]


So, if i want to read this, what is the best (cheapest) way to do it? I've never gotten into print comics, as they are stupid expensive for the amount you get, but this looks really good. However, I'm on a limited budget so is there a Netflicks of comics or do I have to wait for the omnibus and try and get it at the library?
posted by Canageek at 9:39 AM on July 6, 2019


Greg Rucka is not perfect, like most dude writers, but he's behind probably 75% of my favorite comics, including Renee's Question, so, uh, holy shit.
posted by gaybobbie at 9:41 AM on July 6, 2019


Hydropsyche: Thanks for the tip on Whiteout. I'd never heard of that book before, but it looks very much my kind of thing. Rucka's Stumptown volumes are worth checking out too.

Canageek: If I were you, I think I'd wait for the collection. That's going to be a cheaper option than buying individual issues, less hassle, and provide a much more satisfying reading experience too. Only downside is you'll have wait a few months for it to come out.
posted by Paul Slade at 9:47 AM on July 6, 2019 [3 favorites]


Stumptown is coming to TV on ABC this fall. Still waiting for a Queen and Country film.
posted by leaper at 11:57 AM on July 6, 2019 [1 favorite]


Rucka's Lazarus is great too (Image Comics)
posted by kokaku at 12:32 PM on July 6, 2019


When it comes to reading book-length fiction, I've sworn off reading novels about female protagonists written by men. Sadly, when it comes to mainstream comics, there aren't many options for female written books about female characters, so I've decided to give this at least a couple of issues.

I hadn't realized the Rene Montoya version of the Question was going to be a part of it. That's actually disappointing because I'm an original (DC) flavour Question fan, and I would have loved to have seen a study in how two different journalists working in two different mediums with two different styles go after the same story. Is it really too much to ask to read about Vic Sage and Lois Lane chasing the same scoop? (Yes, I realize I'm probably in the minority for a plot like that.)
posted by sardonyx at 1:12 PM on July 6, 2019 [1 favorite]


Canageek: in addition to Paul Slade's suggestion to wait for the collection, may I suggest checking your local library?

For example, the San Francisco Public Library has Greg Rucka's Wonder Woman volume 1 and Wonder Woman volume 2.

And if your library doesn't carry any Greg Rucka, you could try putting in a request - sometimes libraries are able to purchase new items based on user suggestions. Also, interlibrary loan may be an option.
posted by kristi at 1:23 PM on July 6, 2019 [4 favorites]


Lois Lane must have a hell of an expense account if she can afford to drink out of the mini bar.

I hope they follow up with an earlier plot point that while Lois gets the important stories and wins all the awards, Jimmy Olson's crazy YouTube antics are pretty much the only thing the Daily Planet does that's actually profitable.
posted by straight at 3:52 PM on July 6, 2019 [4 favorites]


That’s the point of the Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen series, written by Matt Fraction.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 4:09 PM on July 6, 2019


God, I love that idea about Jimmy and YouTube - it makes so much sense as a way of honouring his wonderfully daft old Silver Age comics while still bringing him into the modern world. With luck, this month's new Jimmy Olsen series will pick up on it.

Edited to add: Beaten to the punch. Damn!
posted by Paul Slade at 4:13 PM on July 6, 2019


I don't read specific comic properties so much as just follow Greg Rucka around. He's so good. If you haven't read Queen and Country or Whiteout, you are in for such a treat. There are even Queen and Country (non-graphic) novels.

Greg's novelization of the Batman: No Man's Land crossover event is pretty good.
posted by Fukiyama at 4:53 PM on July 6, 2019


I love the Woody Guthrie sticker on her laptop. I really wish that was true these days.
posted by Hactar at 6:02 PM on July 6, 2019 [2 favorites]


Greg Rucka is always welcome, but I can't have that DC shite in my house. Off to re-read his Cyclops run.
posted by Made of Star Stuff at 6:45 PM on July 6, 2019 [1 favorite]


Lois Lane must have a hell of an expense account 

June:
- two replacement laptops (volcano and Volcana respectively)
- grapnel, rope
- two tickets, Metropolis opera
- night vision goggles
- tab at Marco's House of Wigs and Disguises
- spacesuit
- orangutan trainer
- alcohol, varied, in quantity and in good taste
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 7:22 PM on July 6, 2019 [2 favorites]


So, if i want to read this, what is the best (cheapest) way to do it?

Many public libraries will provide ebook access to graphic novels and comics via Hoopla and other services. You basically put your library card info into an app on a tablet or browser window and check out the work. Coverage of recent popular comics is more likely at larger libraries, ymmv.
posted by SaltySalticid at 7:24 PM on July 6, 2019


Greg Rucka is always welcome, but I can't have that DC shite in my house.

Could you expand a little on that thought? I'm curious why you'd avoid the work of a writer you like simply on the basis of which publisher he happens to be working for at the time.
posted by Paul Slade at 5:44 AM on July 7, 2019


Only downside is you'll have wait a few months for it to come out.

That, and if everyone does it, the series gets cancelled.
posted by zamboni at 6:45 AM on July 7, 2019


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