REVIEW: Superman #34

First things first, it is damn fine to see Ed Benes back on a Superman title. His artwork is just suited perfectly for the man of steel. Plus he knows how to draw a kickass Lois.

Let’s not mince words on the story either. This is Lois’ moment to really shine. Having been captured by Granny Goodness and the Female Furies Lois breaks loose to help the enemy fight a giant sandworm that would make Dune fans tremble. There is something primal in the way that Lois is establishing herself in this group of rough and tumble warrior women. You can see why Clark might balk at the idea of leaving her for say…a certain Amazon.

The Lois plotline is intriguing. I want to see more of it. It’s the most interesting thing that DC has done with the character in a minute that doesn’t involve her being a mother or a wife. Here she is allowed to cut loose and show that after all the years of hanging around the biggest superhero in the universe she has learned a thing or two about protecting herself. Now that is liberating. No more damsel in distress.

As for the rest of the comic Lex Luthor is being a lying D-bag, Supes is trying to keep the peace, and the fate of everyone hangs on these two age-old enemies getting along. There is enough here to keep you coming back, but this new role that Lois is taking on might be the first steps in being a game changer.

Final Score: 3 ½ out 5 sandworms.

Superman 34
Story: Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
Art: Ed Benes, Doug Mahnke, and Jack Herbert
Colors: Dinei Ribeiro
Letters: Rob Leigh

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