It’s official, DC’s new Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen comics are both set to debut in July.
DC gave the exclusive to the Los Angeles Times this morning, with access to the books’ creators. As noted in DC’s May solicits, Greg Rucka will write Lois Lane with Mike Perkins art, while Matt Fraction will write Supmerman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, with art from Steve Lieber. Both series will span 12 issues. The creators told the LAT about what audiences can expect from each comic.
Lois Lane, Rucka said, will see its titular reporter investigating threats and conspiracies. This is perhaps expected, given both comics are spinning out of Event Leviathan, another story about threats and conspiracies. “Lois Lane is the best investigative reporter in the DC [Universe],” Rucka wrote in an email to the LAT. “This is our truth, and this is what the book is about.”
The title is, of course, an homage to the comic of the same name from the 1950s. Fraction told the LAT his story pokes fun at modern journalism. In it, Jimmy has pivoted to new media as profits have vanished for print. The book will follow Jimmy on the road in the DCU. He will, of course, also hang out with his best pal, Superman.
Both creative teams will have short stories about their characters in the Superman: Leviathan Rising Special, due out May 29. The art here first appeared in The Los Angeles Times. Both of these comics look very, very good. The creative teams are pitch perfect. Rucka has a long history of telling great DC superhero stories with strong female protagonists, ranging from Wonder Woman to Renee Montoya. Fraction and Lieber, meanwhile, are now the only team I can see doing Jimmy Olsen. They’re that perfect for this.
Combine that with a really intriguing Event Leviathan story unfolding in Action Comics, and it’s shaping up to be an exciting summer for DC Comics. Both of these covers were first shared by the LA Times.