- Posted by Johanna on November 27, 2013 at 10:55 am
- Category: Shopping Guide
Today, there are a number of great releases scheduled to appear at your local comic shop. Well, actually, since it’s a holiday week, there are only two, but they’re very good.
Pick of my week is Yotsuba&! Book 12 (Yen Press, $12), and I’ve already said why in the link. In short, it’s a glorious, Zen-like capture of the wonder of childhood, teaching us to appreciate the joy of the moment.
I enjoyed reading Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years (DC Comics, $39.99). Lois has always been one of my favorite characters in superhero books, because I appreciated her determination and fearlessness in fighting for justice in her own way, as an investigative reporter. She’s had some bad periods over the years — particularly the era when her stories, in her own series, were all about humiliating her as she tried to catch Superman for a husband — but she’s also broken some boundaries, when she was shown to be a worthy partner for the world’s most super man.
This volume (unlike its companion, which sounded dire) does a good job briefly showing all the various sides of Lois. There are
- a few little-known “Girl Reporter” stories from the 1940s, where in spite of guys trying to get the little lady out of the way, she winds up catching crooks
- some cheesy 1950s “oh, if Superman would only marry me” tales
- the infamous “I Am Curious (Black)!”, where Lois gives herself dark skin for a day to learn what it’s like to experience racism
- the modern Lois, revamped as part of the Man of Steel relaunch in 1986
- Lois and Clark as engaged couple in 2001
- a section on imaginary tales, including two issues of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman in which Lois becomes Superwoman
My favorite discovery was a short tale by Kathryn Immonen and Tonci Zonjic from 2010, in which Superman has to take care of Lois when she’s sick, and he does a really bad job of it. It’s not often you see a superhero so bored and discouraged that he pushes a piano out the window just to give himself something to do at which he can succeed. It’s the dialogue between the two that’s most outstanding, though, and overall, it’s a great read. It’s a shame that, with the New 52 revamp, we’ve lost that strong, loving couple.
That likely explains why, with the exception of the story I mentioned and the Morrison story, all the content of this book is 10 years old or more. I miss Lois. I hope, when the trend wheel turns again, we get her back in glorious fashion. Overall, this is a nice little time capsule at a reasonable price for an almost-400-page hardcover, and I’m glad DC put it out.