The cover to “Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance” is pretty fun. Lois Lane as a secret agent in a dark trench coat! The Demon lurking around the corner! Some other vaguely-Emma-Peel looking ladies in the background! A bug like creature that I liked to pretend was a mutated Ambush Bug climbing over a phone booth!
None of those images, of course, have anything whatsoever to do with this comic.
What you actually get is a lackluster story about Lois Lane being at the destruction of Paris, getting taken to New Themyscira, and deciding to become a secret agent for Cyborg. There’s not much pep to it; the destruction of Paris should have been exciting, but instead it’s riddled with cliches like out-running a tidal wave, rescuing babies, and of course, someone dying because of a shout of, “Help! I’ve fallen!” and going back to help.
Sadly, it’s the most interesting part of the comic. Lois behind enemy lines should have given us more to work with than a two-page montage of boring moments, and being told about horrors rather than seeing them. But then again, that’s a problem that persists throughout the comic; everything of interest is barely shown, while instead you get pages of people running down alleys or streets rather than getting to the meat of the matter.
With a large number of books being prepped for September’s relaunch, coupled with the sheer number of “Flashpoint” mini-series and one-shots, it stands to reason that we’re getting a lot of artists getting called up to the big leagues with these new projects. Eddie Nunez isn’t someone whose art I’m familiar with, and I think part of the problem is that he’s just not quite there yet. His characters don’t have any depth to them; the scene in the Daily Planet when Paris is destroyed, for instance, uses “wide-eyes” as its sole defining feature on their faces to indicate surprise or horror. Running from the flood ends up being “gaping jaw.” And when supposed to look sad, Lois instead appears vaguely put out. Given some time, Nunez can certainly get there, but right now this feels like a young artist who just hasn’t quite mastered the finer details of drawing characters.
When the main “Flashpoint” series told the readers that Lois Lane was undercover in New Themyscira, I think everyone had a fairly exciting story immediately spring to mind. What we’re getting is a comic that spends more depth on a fashion show in Paris than what life in New Themyscira is like, let alone the danger and excitement of being a spy. I’m normally a big fan of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, but this is a big disappointment.