WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Action Comics #1007 by Brian Michael Bendis, Steve Epting and Brad Anderson, on sale now.
Many things have changed in Superman's life since Brian Michael Bendis took over writing duties for Superman and Action Comics. Aside from the revelation that a genocidal alien warlord may have murdered Krypton, the Man of Steel's family life is in disarray. Now, in Action Comics #1007, it seems things are about to get a whole lot worse for him.
If you have been following along over the last few months, you will know that Superman's father, Jor-El, is back in his life, and his son, Jon, has suddenly been aged to adolescence. Even his cousin, Supergirl, has left him to go on a quest into space. It also seems that his relationship with his wife is changing, so it's not like Superman doesn't already have a lot going on for him when Lois decides to out his secret identity to one of his enemies.
The Truth Has Been Revealed
While Superman is preoccupied with saving the world, Lois takes a moment to meet with her father in secret. Just as her husband's life has changed around him, she has seen too much to keep quiet any longer. Citing Superman's poor relationship with his own father and the recent changes to Jon, Lois tells her father the truth -- that the man she loves is Superman.
General Sam Lane works directly with the United States government through A.R.G.U.S. and, most importantly, is an outspoken enemy of Superman. You don't have to read Dan Jurgens' Rebirth run on the title to know that revealing this information puts her family in danger, but the point is that this also puts her father in a tight spot.
As a man who is seemingly incapable of having any kind of emotional relationship with his family, Lois has needed to keep her father in the dark about a lot of things. However, despite being the wife of Superman (and disregarding the ethical concerns as a journalist about outing her husband's secret to a high-ranking military man), she does it to save her family.
Telling her father the truth about her relationship with Superman does two things for Lois. The first is that it breaks down the barriers between them in hopes of actually building a genuine relationship with her father. The other reason is that she knows her father loves her more than anything, and unless he plans on breaking her trust, he can't act on this information. Perhaps she has finally found a way to bridge the gap between them.