In 2011 DC Comics launched the New 52, rebooting the entire DC Universe. I have to report that I've literally been cringing since the cover of Justice League #12 was unveiled. Superman and Wonder Woman's slow motion make out sessions have since been splashed across numerous covers, statues and t-shirts. At this point, I honestly think Jim Lee just likes drawing them making out at different angles. I'm going to be blunt; I am not a fan of this coupling. At all. Whatsoever. And the constant spit swapping art is one of many reasons why I stopped reading DC Comics New 52.
I have been reading comic books for 24 years. DC titles were always my favorite. Back in the 90's I was known as the "weird" girl who read comic books at school. I was the chick who wore boy size comic book t-shirts on dress down days, was in love with Superman and talked about some dudes name Blue Beetle and Booster Gold. I am not a "newbie" to comics. I've been reading them most of my life. Even as a child, I was never a fan of story lines that flirted with the idea of Superman and Wonder Woman together and I'm certainly not a fan of it now. Superman belongs with Lois Lane. End of story. She has been his love interest since appearing in Action Comics #1 (printed in 1938) and their relationship is the longest love affair in the history of comic books. It's iconic. It's classic and romantic. It's a part of pop culture. In the New 52, Lois Lane has been pushed aside, was given a boyfriend and is hardly revelent in story lines. To me this is very disheartening. Lois has always been one of my favorite characters from my childhood. She was the first woman I read in comics who was independent, had her own career, was strong and intelligent without having any super powers. Her in-your-face attitude was admirable and humorous and yes, playing the damsel in distress to Superman was romantic. They had chemistry both as Lois and Clark and as Lois and Superman. It took 60 years before their wedding took place in 1996 (and was erased in the New 52). It seems today as if Ms. Lane is being phased out and Jim Lee's statement that Lois and Superman will "never" be together in the New 52 seemed like he was giving fans the ultimate middle finger. It's not enough that this iconic character is being treated like chop liver but now, she'll never be with Superman? Gee, thanks. Why don't you just kill her off and get it over with since you think she's so irrelevant to Superman's mythology? We may not have to wait for that, being that in a recent issue (where Lois is laying limp in Superman's arms on the final page) it looks like she is out of the picture. Again.