Lois: the early years

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased 10 March 304 pages | Pa­per­back

Au­thor Gwenda Bond

Pub­lisher Cu­ri­ous Fox Books

The story of how teenage Lois Lane moved to Me­trop­o­lis with her fam­ily, joined her school’s Perry White- backed news­pa­per and wrote her first ma­jor story should be fas­ci­nat­ing, right? Wrong. Some­thing’s se­ri­ously amiss with this book, which is not so much leap­ing tall build­ings in a sin­gle bound as tak­ing the stairs.

It’s not dread­ful; the writ­ing’s com­pe­tent and there’s the odd witty one- liner, though they’re not quite up to Buffy or Veron­ica Mars lev­els. It’s just... life­less. There’s no zip and piz­zazz in this Lois. Worse, the story is so generic and well- worn that it’s al­most em­bar­rass­ing. A VR game tak­ing over peo­ple’s minds? Re­ally? Putting aside the fact this has been a sta­ple of pop­u­lar cul­ture for decades – Star Trek: The Next Gen­er­a­tion aired an episode about it in 1991 (“The Game”) and it felt tired then – the fact that you can see ev­ery plot twist com­ing is un­for­giv­able.

Still, there’s a sweet sub­plot in­volv­ing a guy in Smal­lville ( cough), and if you’re feel­ing very un­de­mand­ing you might still en­joy Lois’s ad­ven­tures, de­spite the lack of orig­i­nal­ity. Just don’t ex­pect any­thing other than a filler episode of Smal­lville, circa sea­son one. Jayne Nelson

You can down­load two short story pre­quels which in­tro­duce the teen Lois via http://bit.ly/lois­sto­ries.

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