Lois Lane #5 [of 12]
Scheduled to arrive in stores: November 6, 2019
Cover date: January 2020
“Enemy of the People” – Part Five
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Mike Perkins
Cover: Mike Perkins
Variant Covers: Mirka Andolfo
Reviewed by: Mario Bennese
On a plane to D.C., Lois has a discussion with a fellow passenger who calls into question the legitimacy and honesty of journalists. After landing, Lois calls Renee who is on the other end of the city chasing a lead. This lead happens to be an under-the-table exchange of money between shady individuals and an important politician. Appearing in her Question identity, she makes quick work of the criminals and prepares for the interrogation process.
Near the capitol, Lois and a woman named Lydia take a walk in a public area. Lois explains to Lydia how to best go on record without making herself a target. After some deliberation, Lydia decides to give Lois information about a memo that was circulating in The White House which essentially confirmed what she had suspected. At The Daily Planet, Perry gets a call from Lois who fills him in on the existence of the memo. It’s now her job to get hold of it.
Elsewhere, Renee finishes counting the money that was exchanged. The politician now hangs upside down and the interrogation begins.
Story – 4: It seems like we’re back to the plot after a quick detour with Jon. I don’t know if that was part of Rucka’s original story outline or if it was company mandated, but the previous issue did this story no favors. This issue, however, brings us right back to the juicy political thriller that was set up at the beginning of this series. Renee is still a little too overwritten for my liking, but I appreciate that she is finally given something to do.
The opening scene on the plane was a tad on-the-nose, but I also don’t doubt that the average citizen has little to no knowledge of the intensive researching and fact checking processes reputable news sources perform.
Art – 3: The art is my least favorite thing about this issue. I think it’s the way Perkins draws faces. They just seem flat and there’s several that needed a second pass.
Cover Art – 3: A little too busy. Also, why does Lois look like Michael Keaton in a wig?
Variant Cover Art – 3: There’s something about the eyes that makes this piece a bit unsettling. Maybe it’s the facial structure? Either way, I’m relieved this wasn’t the standard cover.
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