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Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #1

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

Scheduled to arrive in stores: June 22, 2011

Cover date: August 2011

"Breaking News"

Writer: Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Artist: Eddy Nunez

Reviewed by: Darren Driver

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The Atlanteans and Amazonians are at war.

Lois and Jimmy are in Paris for Fashion Week when Aquaman floods Europe.

Jimmy is killed rescuing someone from the flood.

Lois is rescued by the Amazonians and taken to the UK, which has been taken over by the Amazonians and renamed New Themyscira. She is taken to a concentration camp.

Lois has Olsen's camera, and a hologram of Cyborg appears on it. Jimmy had been working as an operative, trying to make contact with the Resistance movement in the UK. Lois agrees to take this role on.

24 weeks pass by, the Amazons declare martial law, and recruit women to fight the Atlanteans, using a technological process to transform the recruits to Amzonian power levels. There is a high failure rate which transforms women into beasts that they use to train recruits with.

Week 32, Lois is scheduled for the procedure, she tries to escape but is caught. She is rescued by Penny Black, a member of the Resistance movement. As they run, Penny is shot through the shoulder with an arrow, the Amazonians catch up and it seems all is lost...

3Story - 3: I've enjoyed the Flashpoint series so far. I feel like it's given the DC Universe a much needed shake and a lease of life. This is no exception. But like all the first books of the mini-series tie-ins, this suffers a bit from having to establish a new world for familiar characters before getting on with the plot. Having said that, I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes next. It'll be fun to hopefully see Lois as a sort of Sarah Connor type figure. It's actually fun to see Lois at all, as it seems a long time since she's figured in a story in a major way.

This is the Lois I haven't see for some time - ballsy, independent, and wanting to be where the action is. There's a lovely panel between Olsen and Lois - 'Lois, you'd make a good dog break his chain', 'Not even slightly appropriate, Olsen. Let's go to work.' The Superman books have been missing the Planet family for too long and it's lovely to see them here, however briefly...

I feel Jimmy's death was brushed over somewhat and didn't register as much as it might have done.

All in all though, a solid start to the mini-series which leaves it well set for the next instalment.

3Art - 3: The art is fine apart from a big bug bear of mine. No one in comics seems to be able to draw a major female character without turning them into a sexualised me-too bot. So for this entire book, we see Lois dressed in a skimpy white dress, despite the fact she is captured in what is effectively a concentration camp. Big boobs, tiny waist, big hips, pouty lips. Yawn. She looks like Megan Fox, actually, and she would make a terrible Lois Lane.

3Cover Art - 3: Good, interesting cover set in the UK. Doesn't actually have anything to do with what happens inside the book though.

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