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REVIEW: Lois Lane Undercover in ‘Action Comics #965′

 
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Story by: Dan Jurgens
 
Art by: Stephen Segovia
 
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I have to admit it, DC REBIRTH brings back the respectability of classic storytelling of the yesteryears and fusing with modern visual narrative. Plus, Filipino graphic storytellers are on the forefront in making REBIRTH a true success in mainstream comic book reading experience. One of the titles right now that is worth your time is the […]

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Posted October 18, 2016 by

 
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I have to admit it, DC REBIRTH brings back the respectability of classic storytelling of the yesteryears and fusing with modern visual narrative. Plus, Filipino graphic storytellers are on the forefront in making REBIRTH a true success in mainstream comic book reading experience. One of the titles right now that is worth your time is the ACTION COMICS and issue number 965 proves why having two Lois Lanes (plus two Clark Kents and two Supermen) can be intriguing, engaging, entertaining and even enjoyable. Dan Jurgens is not my favorite comic book writer, but he manages to convince yours truly that this new story arc is a breath of fresh air because it now centers on pre-New 52 Lois Lane (my generation’s paradigm of the reporter) who is now working for the Lex Luthor-controlled Daily Planet. And, the interiors are done by the ever-improving Stephen Segovia whose illustrations of Lois Lane and other females are greatly drawn.

Jurgens’ script is essentially average. Yet, the premise alone makes me read this issue a couple of times because he portrays Lois of the pre New 52 the way she is supposedly portrayed—confident, tougher-than-nails, graceful, mature, seeker of truth. Understandably, Jurgens has to make sure the old Lois must be convincingly enough to appear as the “same” Lois in the New 52 universe without blowing the cover. Well, the story goes well without virtually a glitch except in the usual last-page cliffhanging moment that forces us to stay tune for more revelations or so.

Stephen Segovia’s illustrations are getting better, most particularly in drawing female characters. It is a fact that his artistry is rooted with the doyen of Pinoy superhero comics, Leinil Francis Yu. But he slowly and surely improves his illustrations and his grasp of sequential paneling to make this initial chapter an intriguing and visual read. There is less roughness in lines, making his art clearer and cleaner. His application of crosshatches is minimal unlike his previous works, and the facial expressions are now more expressive than stale.   If Stephen continues this kind of artistic discipline, he will surely pass his artistic inspirations. What I find his art more awkward is his two drawings of Clark Kent’s left arm. They are so shaggy, if not shabby, to look upon.

Action Comics #965 starts off a new chapter in the long illustrious superhero series. It revolves around Lois Lane’s undercover of the mystery about her New 52 counterpart. Jurgens’ writes convincingly while Segovia’s art marks a level of improvement.


Paul Ramos

 


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