FALLOUT by Gwenda Bond
Kirkus Star

FALLOUT

From the "Lois Lane" series, volume 1
Age Range: 12 - 16
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A teen reporter busts a cyberbullying ring at her new school in Metropolis. 

Lois Lane is new in town, and she's doing her best to keep her head down and her nose clean. Her Army general father is hoping to make their family's stay in Metropolis permanent, and Lois doesn't want to jeopardize that. She joins the Daily Scoop, a teen subsidiary of the Daily Planet, in an effort to make friends. Of course, trouble always has a way of finding Lois Lane. This first entry in a planned series gets plenty right. Lois is as fully rounded as she is in the comics, headstrong, smart, capable, and equipped with a solid moral compass. Bond (Girl on a Wire, 2014, etc.) provides her with plenty of interesting supporting characters to bounce off, establishing a world worthy of a series. Bond also resists the fan-service urge: there's no mention of Gotham, the Waynes, Lex Luthor, Central City, or any other landmark DC icon. The one big connection Bond makes is a playful one: Lois' online pal goes by the name "SmallvilleGuy," and few readers will not put the pieces together quickly regarding his true identity. Bond plays with their knowledge though, effectively turning this eye-roll–worthy quirk into a knowing smile, similar to the one Supes gives to viewers at the end of many a comic book and film. This lighthearted and playful tone permeates the novel, making for a nifty investigative mystery akin to Veronica Mars or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Readers are in for a treat.

A spectacular prose start for DC Comics' spectacular lady. (Fiction. 12-16)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-63079-005-9
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Switch/Capstone
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2015




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