SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Action Comics #1004 by Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook, Wade Von Grawbadger, Brad Anderson and Josh Reed, on sale now.
Lois Lane hasn't exactly been forthcoming of late. After leaving the planet with her son Jon and father-in-law Jor-El, she secretly returned to Earth a short time later, as revealed in Action Comics #1001. It was such a big secret, Clark himself didn't even know until Cat Grant inadvertently tipped him off the following issue.
In Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook's Action Comics #1004, Lois and Clark finally meet again, but it's not exactly the warmest of reunions between the couple. In fact, it's not much of a reunion at all – their chilly and awkward discussion points towards some further away time to come. Is the once-happily married couple headed for a split?
A Happy Reunion, or Awkward Reintroduction?
Make no mistake – DC's iconic couple were happy to see each other. This, even though Superman had to use his powers to locate her, and that she didn't want to be found in the first place. That doesn't stop the couple from falling into each other's arms, and into other subsequent marital activities inside of Lois' hotel room.
Things cool off immediately thereafter, though. Clark's next order of business, of course, is wanting to know the state of their son, whom Lois is obviously no longer watching over. Lois professes, though, that Jon is doing just fine under his grandfather's watch, and in fact has "come alive" since leaving Earth. Seeing no need to provide additional protection for their son, and in fact proving to be an apparent liability in space, Lois chose to leave Jon with Jor-El and come back.
Lois has harbored another reason for wanting to return, though – to nurture her ongoing desire to return to writing. Understandably, her roles as a wife, mother, and reporter pushed her dream aside, but her decision to go with Jon and Jor-El changed all that. Her departure resulted in her being fired from the Daily Planet, while her return put her motherly duties on hold. And the secrecy of her return left no room for Clark in her life, either.