Superman Lois and Clark
Published by: DC Comics
Story by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Lee Weeks and Scott Hanna
Colors by: Brad Anderson
Letters by: Joshua Cozine and Troy Peteri
It’s no secret that DC Comics’ New 52 reboot has resulted in some controversial versions of their iconic characters and that many people have been asking for a return to the more traditional versions. Seemingly in response to this, DC has come to a compromise of sorts, doing side series that seem more similar to or altogether set in the previous incarnation of the DC universe. These include Batman Europa, a series originally intended to come out over a decade ago as a follow up to Hush, and Neal Adams’ Coming of the Superman, which uses a more familiar Man of Steel.
In line with this, but different in approach, DC has recently brought back the Iron Age (post-Crisis on Infinite Earths pre-New 52) Superman during the recent mega-event Convergence, revealing that he and his then-pregnant wife Lois had survived the end of the previous Dc universe.
The series involves the Iron-Age Superman and Lois Lane living in the New 52 universe, having escaped the end of the old universe, and raising their now 9-year-old son in secret.
Superman, now operating as covertly as possible, spends his time rescuing people from natural disasters and tracking down people who became villains in the old universe and attempting to stop them from gaining powers. This may sound a little bit like a Silver Age throwaway story, but it is handled oddly well. Dan Jurgens, who took over on the Iron Age Superman after the John Bryne and Louise Simonson runs set up the rebooted Superman mythos and whose run included the Death Of Superman and creation of Doomsday as well as the Cyborg Superman (though repurposed Hank Henshaw is more apt), has a good handle on the characters. For the first time in years the characters feel like their old selves; beyond characterization there are some nice callbacks to the very first issues of the Man of Steel series by John Bryne. And Lee weeks does a good job with the art, not only conveying the dramatic scenes but the personal as well.
A lot will rest on where the series goes from here, but this was a very good start.