Young adult novelist Gwenda Bond (Girl on a Wire, Blackwood, The Woken Gods) will be taking on the first lady of the DC Universe this January (or March - no one seems to know) when she publishes Lois Lane: Fallout, a young adult novel following the adventures of a teenage Lois Lane. Here's the description, from Amazon:
Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over--and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won't be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They're messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it's all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy . . .
This is great news for fans who recognize the potential of Lois as a character, but moreso, it represents a great opportunity for DC Comics to teach young DC fans the tenets of journalism according to DC. "Lois Lane is one of the most famous reporters in all of fiction, so it's natural that she'd be a role model for up and coming comics journalists," explained DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio. "That's why we're going to use this novel to brainwa... er... guide these young reporters on their journalistic path."
For example, Didio pointed out that young Lois could teach aspiring journalists that it's best to clear all questions with interview subjects before putting them in uncomfortable situations. "If Lois learns that Lex Luthor is using his wealth and influence to further some nefarious plot that puts the citizens of Metropolis in danger, imagine how embarrassed everyone would feel if she just blurted out some tough questions about it and put Lex on the spot," he elaborated. "It's much better if she and Lex discuss the problem before the interview, and then she could ask him questions like, hypothetically speaking, 'Lex, how did you come up with the fantastic idea to ship less lenticular 3D covers to Metropolis comic book shops than they ordered, creating a fun and exciting collector's spirit to your September gimmick month for fans who will enjoy tracking down rare copies?' Wouldn't that be much nicer for everyone than if she made accusations and forced Lex's PR handler to interrupt the interview and keep him from saying anything out of line?"
Didio added that many comics journalism outlets suffer from deep flaws, such as that they say critical things about DC Comics, and that some sites have even moved away from the payola relationship of exchanging favorable press coverage for exclusive access to talent and information. "It really hurts our feelings," the sensitive executive told us. Didio said that it was especially hurtful when journalists set up single-use websites tracking the days since the publisher's last publicity clusterfuck. "Lois Lane would never do something like that. She's a good egg."
It is unknown whether the book will come out in January, as Amazon seems to indicate, or March, as Bond's website claims. In any case, look for Lois Lane: Fallout on store shelves sometime next year. Unless, of course, DC drives Bond off the project due to overbearing editorial interference. If that happens though, don't say anything. Remember: what would Lois do? She'd do whatever DC wants. And so should you!