WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for The Man of Steel #6 by Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Fabok, Alex Sinclair and Josh Reed, in stores now.
From the start, there’s been a mystery at the heart of Brian Michael Bendis’ Man of Steel miniseries. As his battle with Rogol Zaar unfolded across the story’s first five issues, we knew Clark Kent was alone, his wife, Lois Lane, gone under puzzling circumstances, with his son Jon also strangely missing. This was an absence that weighed on Clark, one that cut to the heart of the “man” in “man of steel.”
But it wasn’t until the final issue of the miniseries arrived that we learned what came of Lois and Jon, and why they aren’t in Superman’s life. Mother and son left with father-in-law/grandpa Jor-El, who wished to take Jon on a tour through the cosmos, to allow the young Kryptonian to fully tap into his potential.
As you would expect, Jon insisted on taking his grandfather up on the offer. Realizing she and Clark couldn’t stop their son from going, Lois instead chose to accompany Jon and Jor-El. Her goal is to protect Jon, to allow him to grow up as a heroic half-human, half-Kryptonian — but that’s not all. Lois being Lois, she has a story to tell.
With a second book that’s just waiting to be written, the intrepid reporter/writer sees the chance to write a book that’s never been written before — a book about her adventures as a mother journeying through the stars. With her own House of El super-suit (courtesy of Clark), Lois Lane is heading towards her next big adventure, a big change for the character, and also, a much needed one.
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