Tumbling out of “Convergence,” Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks’ “Superman: Lois and Clark” #1 blends a “What If. . .?” concept into the current DC Universe. The issue gives readers a quick and solid introduction to the Lois Lane and Clark Kent that could have been as the pre-“Flashpoint” duo join the New 52.
Jurgens fills “Superman: Lois and Clark” #1 with a discussion of doing what is right for the sake of right, a mantra embedded in many readers’ notion of Superman. Trying to maintain a balance between family and responsibility, the pre-“Flashpoint” Superman is a charming, burdened character. He doesn’t like hiding his activities from his son, but he sees the need to do so. Likewise, Lois is still a writer, but here she’s an anonymous author who challenges society’s presumptions through her books. The character choices are logical leaps for the couple, and even make sense given that the pair is familiar with their new home’s versions of themselves. To that end, Jurgens structures the story around Superman’s search for foes that vexed him in his universe, hoping to curb their behavior in this one. It’s a viable concept and one that has legs, especially as Jurgens dials in so very tightly on a foe he is quite familiar with.
Weeks’ art is at once a gorgeous throwback and yet completely timeless. His characters fill the space and his storytelling drives the reader through “Superman: Lois and Clark” #1. Weeks makes some masterful story choices, like using close-up, widescreen shots of Superman’s eyes to reflect the events of the scene around him. The artist also deftly handles expression and setting detail, making the entire story look good. His art has elements of so many great Superman artists, but Jerry Ordway’s influence seems most apparent in the pages of this comic. Brad Anderson’s colors are bright and wonderful despite Clark’s shadowy uniform; he finds other ways to narrate with color and elevates every panel quite nicely.
Jurgens and Weeks’ “Superman: Lois and Clark” gives readers a solid introduction to a character so many readers wanted back on stands, but it doesn’t preemptively transmit any possible outcomes. This is uncharted territory: for Superman, Lois, Clark and Jon, not to mention the ultimate impact on the rest of the DC Universe.