When Brian Michael Bendis took over the Superman corner of the DCU, much was made about what he planned to do with Superman, Jon Kent, and the introduction of Rogol Zaar. Meanwhile, Lois Lane is hunkered down in a Chicago hotel room, working on her next novel. In this week’s release of Action Comics #1004, written by Bendis and art by Ryan Sook, Wade Von Grawbadger and Brad Anderson, patient Lois fans will get what they’ve been waiting for, a baseline for where Lois and Clark’s relationship is currently, given the events that have transpired and a glimpse into where it’s all headed.
“The upcoming story of Action Comics #1004, will absolutely tell the story of Lois and Clark in this modern day,” Bendis exclusively told SYFY WIRE. “What will their situation be, what will their status quo be, and things she will wrestle with. They are living a traditionally married lifestyle, yet they are not traditionally married people. They are very unique, special people and they struggle to keep it together.”
Covers for this important issue will be done by Francis Manapul and Steve "The Dude" Rude. See Rude's stunning, unlettered cover art above.
Now, as we know, comic book readers can be a fickle or impatient bunch and not knowing where every major character is headed to from the start can create some anxiety for some, spurring up unfounded theories, including the speculation on the health of Lois and Clark’s marriage.
“I know people are very worried their going to break up, but there is no absolutely no story or reason that they would break up on any conceivable level," he said. "They are a happy, loving married couple, but with that, every married couple knows they’ve got their own special stuff. Lois and Clark have their own special stuff and we’re going to add it to the mix.”
Then of course, there's this page 4 of Action Comics #1004, where Daily Planet gossip columnist Trish Q drops a bomb on Clark: she's caught Lois and Lex Luthor together.
Awkward... Check out the preview pages for what leads up to this page and what comes after, below in the gallery.
And for anyone else who thinks that Bendis is unaware of Lois’ importance in any Superman book, he wants to go on record by refuting that crazy notion, “Lois is the most interesting person in the DC Universe–she is the heart and soul! She’s going to come to Clark with a unique perspective on how they run their lives and I think it’s going to be fun and exciting for people to read!”