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Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #1 - Breaking News Review

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Resist picking up this issue

DC's most famous news reporter takes her place amongst the plethora of Flashpoint offshoot titles in her very own three issue mini series. How does Ms. Lane fit into Flashpoint?

The Good

The first issue of Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance picks up where the first issue of Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies left off; with Wonder Woman's Amazons and Aquaman's Atlanteans preparing for a major battle following the tragic assassination of Diana's Mother. The fact that these books feel so connected makes the series feel consistent. Yes, I'm reading an issue about Lois Lane and yes, it aligns extremely well with the events that have taken place since the launch of the Flashpoint event. The same creative team that brought us Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies (which I absolutely adored) bring us this Lois Lane mini series. Most of the events that have already taken place in Flashpoint and in the accompanying Flashpoint mini's are addressed in this issue.

The Bad

Here we have a creative team which is given the opportunity to define Lois Lane's character--even if it is temporary. It's not every day that writers get the chance to adapt an already well established character. I was hoping for so much more not only from this book, but for Lois.

Looking first at the cover you'll notice that Lois looks like a no nonsense chick; with her pistol in one hand, she looks ready and willing to defend herself from any impending doom or threat. Even the title to the mini series, 'Lois Lane and the Resistance' only serves to reinforce this idea that Lois would be a strong and interesting character. Well, don't judge a book by it's cover because you won't find that here.

The story opens with a recap of what we saw in previously released Flashpoint titles and swiftly moves to a fashion show in Paris which Lois Lane the "serious reporter" is supposed to be covering. Within the first few pages we see a dramatic event take place and Lois is transported to "New Themyscera." Without giving away details about the story, I can't say I was at all impressed with Lois in this series. Both Lois' characterization and the way the plot unfolds feel incredibly contrived and not at all natural. Not only did it feel forced, but it wasn't very interesting either. To be honest, I could think up a dozen alternatives to the way the creative team introduced Lois' character and executed this first issue.

Unfortunately, I can't say I was a fan of the art in this first issue, either. The proportions for the characters seemed a bit off and Lois looked more like Power Girl than anything.

Jimmy Olsen was not a very believable spy for the Justice League. In fact, there was little to no setup for these characters which was very disappointing.

The Verdict

One of my big complaints about Lois' character is the fact that she usually comes across as a weak character-- and I don't know why. For someone who spends a lot of time throwing herself out of the sidelines and into the fire, Lois should be portrayed as a far more interesting and compelling character than she is. After the awesome first issue of Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies, I was expecting a little bit more from this creative team. The writers had the chance to define Lois Lane in a whole new and exciting way, and they missed their chance.

11 Comments
Posted by Nasar7

That's really too bad, I had high hopes for this issue. Hopefully the next one will be better.

Edited by Adnan

I enjoyed this issue, but only because of it adding more to the WW & the Furies plotline. I'm thinking they made Jimmy the spy because it's totally off-the-wall and unexpected, though I agree that it felt pretty weak. 
 
Do you think this might be the start of a reimagining of Lois Lane, in regards to the 'Siegel & Shuster Case' matter?

Posted by mikeclark1982

damn. my bad you had to read something this bad!!!!

Posted by Burnstar1230

I had doubts about a Lois Lane-based comic to begin with. I also picked it up and wish I didn't spend the extra three dollars. She's not interesting enough to be anyone besides a supporting Superman character.

Posted by RazzaTazz

I am not sure I agree, I am not sure why they chose to show the transition to a secret agent rather than just showing her as one to start with (as they have done with so many other Flashpoint related issues) but I still think the transition of the character over the short issue is well handled.  

Edited by DKing_CiCADA

Thank you, I am really in to the flashpoint arc and now I know not to pick this up 

Posted by azza04

I found this issue very dull. Was disappointing but not completely unexpected.

Posted by Golden Cod

Dan Abnett seems like an odd writer to have for this book.   His niche is in writing large sweeping military conflicts (Marvel's Annihilation events, Games Workshop's 'Gaunt's Ghosts', etc), not intrigue and subterfuge.   I was hoping he could turn Lois into a gritty war reporter but I guess he doesn't like her character :(.

Posted by Gregomasta

I thought it was ok.

Posted by Herx

To be honest when i looked at the list of Flashpoint tie-ins this one didn't exactly grab my attention, but then after reading the article about it on the DC website i had more hope for it. It's just a bit sad that they didn't create an issue that fullfilled their intended intention. Hopefully the second part will be much better. 

Posted by doordoor123

#1. Calling Jimmy "not a very believable spy" makes it even more beliveable. Think about Clark Kent. You wouldnt think he was a believable super hero. Just because he was a spy doesnt mean he had to be good at it.  
#2. I agree with the art. It was meh. 
#3. I think that Lois is starting somewhere here and shell eventually build up to the strong woman you want her to be. Shes been thrusted into this sitation and the only way out is to be strong. If you read the next issue, im sure things will turn around. 
 
This issue didnt feel at all like previous Flashpoint issues because its from the POV of a civilian. I think itll pick up. Ill keeping picking it up.