Do you remember when you learned Darth Vader turned out to be Luke Skywalker’s father? That was a great reveal and pretty shocking too. How about the Planet of the Apes (1968) where we find out the main character has been on Earth for almost the entire movie when he sees what is left of the statue of liberty? These are great reveals and nice twists.
It’s just too bad DC and Phil Jimenez failed to capture the same kind of magic. Superwoman was promoted as a Lois Lane as Superwoman book for months before the first issue (don’t believe me? Ask anywhere on the internet). The first 3 or 4 covers even features none other than Lois Lane as Superwoman with only one or two “alternate” covers featuring Lana Lang as Superwoman. It doesn’t matter if the information given for these issues did not specifically mention either Lois or Lana, this book was promoted as a title with Lois Lane as the star.
Another clue that led me believe Lois was the main star was the fact that her costume was far and above a LOT better than than that white and red UGLY piece of crap Lana wears. Plus, Lois needed a little redemption after she ratted out Superman’s identity to the world. Becoming a Super-Hero would give her that redemptoin. Sadly, she will never get it...
I held onto hope as long as I could, hoping that DC and Jimenez would have some sense of common decency and reveal to us the New 52 Lois was still alive after she appeared to die in Superwoman #1. Lana may have been the narrator of the first issue, but that wasn’t proof she was the main star since Lois Lane narrated several Superman books in the past and she’s a supporting character in them. So, I held onto the hope that Lois would be revealed to be alive and Lana would be the one to die in the end of Superwoman #2. After all, this was promoted as Lois’s book not Lana.
But I was wrong and a few of those fans out there that saw the twist coming and gussed correctly were right. The New 52 version of Lois Lane is, indeed, dead and that leaves Lana Lang as Superwoman. And I can’t even begin to tell you how mad that makes me because I was invested in Lois Lane as Superwoman NOT Lana Lang. I have no interest in Lana or seeing her as a Super-Hero (especially with such a lame and ugly costume). DC and Phil Jimenez are guilty of false advertizing for the sake of a plot twist for shock value and nothing more. They pulled the WORST kind of reveal ever to be pulled off because they lied to the audience, making most of us believe this was about Lois Lane as Superwoman. These guys need to take cues from those people who made Star Wars and the Planet of the Apes because THAT is you do a surprising twist. Promoting a book as Lois’s title then killing her off and giving us a character the audience wasn’t ready to recieve is NOT a good twist.
Judging by the mixed to negetive fan reaction on the net, I’m not alone in feeling this way. Just look around and you’ll see a lot of fans are crying foul over this. And it’s because of this that Superwoman now has a mountain of difficulty to overcome. And this was a problem that was easily avoidable. It’s just too bad DC and Jimenez didn’t bother to think about that. And yes, I am aware that killing off the New 52 Lois might have been a DC mandate. But Jimenez STILL chose to write the book when he could have said no. And to me, that does make him partly to blame.
I have a prediction and I’m calling it now. This title will have no legs and it’ll be cancelled within a year, MAYBE two. I’m not going to predict if Lana will die because I could care less. I’m DONE with this book and I will NEVER buy another comic with Phil Jimenez’s name on it. Ever.