Lois Lane is a 2019-2020 12-issue maxi-series written by Greg Rucka with art by Mike Perkins. It is a spin-off of Superman (Brian Michael Bendis) books, taking a greater focus on Lois Lane and the work she does.
The first issue sets up the two main plots: first, the White House is separating illegal immigrant children from their parents and housing them in "care camps" that Lois exposes as the owners of said camps having paid White House officials millions of dollars.
The other plot is when Lois learns that a Russian colleague of hers, Mariska Voronova, has "committed suicide," i.e. she was murdered due to her criticizing of the Kremlin. Lois knows that she had a big story in the works and she even knows where she kept her notes...she just needs someone to go to Russia to get them.
The book also picks up plot threads from Bendis's Action Comics, such as when a picture of Lois and Superman kissing was published.
Compare Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane, Lois's ongoing from the '50s to the '70s.
Tropes included in Lois Lane include:
- Badass Normal: Lois and Renee Montoya.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Lois is a great reporter and terrible speller. After Perry White asks her if she turns off spell check, she says that she merely ignores it until it simply gives up.
- The Bus Came Back: Renee Montoya as the Question.
- Camera Sniper: Exaggerated in issue #7, when a paparazzo setting up his camera with a huge telephoto lens is initially misdirected as an actual sniper assembling a rifle.
- Continuity Snarl: In the final issue, Renee has started a romance with Elicia Sanchez, a character from the pre-Flashpoint era she had a brief fling with in the Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood miniseries. However, Renee had been in a relationship with Kate Kane since the end of Batwoman (Rebirth) almost two years prior, with no indication of any problems between them, and no other mainline series (including this one) indicated they had broken up prior to this. Within a day or so after the issue was published, Rucka clarified that Kate and Renee are essentially in an open relationship, and that they're the Official Couple as far as he's concerned. According to him, Elicia is only a "passion" for Renee, while Kate is the one she loves.
- Driving Question: What's the secret that Lois is keeping from Clark?
- Intrepid Reporter: Lois, of course.
- Mysterious Informant: Lois has one whom she insists on meeting similar to Deep Throat meeting Woodward and Bernstein. It's just so happens that her informant is the Question — Vic Sage and Renee Montoya.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: It's clear that Lee-Ann McCarthy, the White House spokesperson, is heavily based on former White House spokepersons Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway.
- Ripped from the Headlines: As of 2019, illegal immigrants are being separated from their children and those children are kept in various "detention facilities." And it turns out that a lot of those for-profit detention are run by "DC Capital Partners" who has as a member of its board of directors John F. Kelly, Trump's former White House Chief of Staff. Basically, everything Lois Lane said within the DC universe absolutely happened in real life.
- Slut-Shaming: As they walk down the street, Clark overhears someone mutter how Lois is a "slut" due to a picture published of her and Superman kissing. Lois tells him that he can't do anything, even though he expresses how much he hates that people blame her and never him — and Lois says of course people don't blame him because he's a him.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Renee gets key information on the case by incorporating Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique types of tactics against a man. When Lois hears the tape of the interrogation, she says she can't use it for her story because the information was obtained under duress.
- Snap Back: Renee Montoya's return as the Question was not explained in the series.
- Visions of Another Self: Renee, Jessica Midnight and Sister Clarice (who was Radiant, the incarnation of God's mercy in the previous continuity) have all had visions of their pre-Flashpoint selves. Elicia Sanchez also has one, triggered by recognizing Renee.