Review: Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #1 (of 3)

Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance has a fun, ridiculous premise that never QUITE lives up to its promise.  Unfortunately, Abnett and Lanning rush through Lois’ first meeting with the Resistance, how she got behind enemy lines, her escape – after a solid opening and a surprising death, most of the rest of the issue is exposition.  Lois is no figurehead of the resistance, not yet, nor is she an intrepid investigator behind enemy lines; instead, she’s a frightened young journalist in well over her head.  I have a feeling we’re in for some surprising transformations, but Abnett and Lanning rush so quickly through the beginning of the story that the book feels, overall, fairly poorly paced.

After a solid opening that finds Lois and Jimmy Olson covering fashion week, despite the recently-ignited war between Atlantis and Themyscira, Lois finds herself a prisoner of the Amazons, the least interesting part of the book and, unfortunately, the longest.  Armed with an ultra-high tech bracelet/camera/communicator/Transformer, she loyally reports everything she learns about the Amazons to her new mentor, Cyborg.  This gives Abnett and Lanning a chance to illustrate a bit about Amazonian culture, a chance they did great things with in Wonder Woman and the Furies and did nothing interesting with here.  Near the end, she tries to escape with the help of a resistance agent, but the book ends on a cliffhanger involving an impending superfight.  Nunez’s overly cartoony art doesn’t quite fit the book’s ‘reeducation camp’ tone, but he has a more solid handle on the fashion week segment and the flooded city.

Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #1 is probably the third best Flashpoint tie-in so far, and it ties pretty directly in with the most compelling, least fleshed out aspect of the Flashpoint universe: the war between Wonder Woman and Aquaman.  What started out as a bad joke in the main title, a senseless, unnecessary conflict in place to add body count and fill pages, slowly became a much more nuanced war in the tie-ins.  Because where Flashpoint didn’t (and still doesn’t) have room to do the character work necessary to make such a conflict interesting, Lois Lane and the Resistance does – and, in that, it joins the very fine Emperor Aquaman and Wonder Woman and the Furies minis.  It’s not as good as either, yet, but it has  promise.

Grade: B

– Cal Cleary

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