LOIS LANE: FALLOUT
Lois: the early years
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.