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DC Is Transforming Lois Lane Into a Parasite Zombie

CBR 1/21/2023 Sean Gribbin
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The following contains spoilers for Action Comics #1050, on sale now from DC Comics.

Lois Lane undergoes a horrifying transformation in DC's new Superman series.

When this Superman title was announced at New York Comic Con 2022, writer Joshua Williamson shared that its first arc is called "Night of the Parasite." As revealed by the April 2023 solicitations for DC Comics, in the arc, Superman Clark Kent must not only face the power-stealing villain, but his own loved ones "transformed into ravenous Parasites." The main cover for Superman #3 by series artist Jamal Campbell shows Superman's wife, Lois Lane, as a monstrous Parasite with purple skin and multiple arms, while open-to-order variant artwork by Helene Lenoble shows an infected Lois zombie-walking outside the Daily Planet.

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  • Art and cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
  • 1:25 variant cover by MEGAN HUANG
  • 1:50 variant cover by SCOTT KOLINS
  • 1:100 foil variant cover by JAMAL CAMPBELL
  • Superman variant cover by STEVE RUDE
  • $4.99 US | 32 pages | Variant $5.99 US (card stock)
  • ON SALE 4/18/23
  • If Superman wants to find Parasite-Zero before its influence spreads to the whole world, he must take Lex up on his offer to work together! Even if it means using another of Superman’s enemies as bait!

Lois Lane Gets a Promotion in DC's New Superman Series

Before she is turned into a Parasite, Lois is already set to deal with a major change in Superman: becoming the Daily Planet's Editor-in-Chief. During an exclusive CBR interview with Williamson at NYCC, he explained how the promotion will not be without its struggles, saying, "[Lois] goes to Clark and she's like, 'Why did I take this job?' and Clark is like, 'Because you know if anyone else did this, they would screw it up. You know it's temporary.'" After the release of Action Comics #1050, it appears that the promotion is because of former EIC Perry White being out of commission for a while.

Perry suffered a stroke in Action Comics #1050 that resulted from a global shift for Superman himself -- his secret identity being restored. This act was carried out by his longtime nemesis, Lex Luthor, who used Manchester Black's telepathic powers to make the entire world forget that both Clark and Jon Kent are two of Earth's Supermen. Should anyone relearn this information, it will cause a stroke and possibly kill that person. Luthor's methodology murdered Black, however, and landed Lex back in prison.

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Superman Must Work With His Greatest Enemy - Lex Luthor

Lex will be incarcerated at the start of Williamson and Campbell's Superman run, but the writer has said the villain will play a prominent role in the series. The solicitation for Superman #3 teases that the Man of Steel will be forced to work with Luthor only a few issues into the title, reading, "If Superman wants to find Parasite-Zero before its influence spreads to the whole world, he must take Lex up on his offer to work together! Even if it means using another of Superman's enemies as bait!"

Along with Williamson, Campbell and Lenoble, Superman #3 features other variant cover artwork contributed to by David Nakayama, Francesco Mattina, Travis Mercer, Danny Miki, Megan Huang, Scott Kolins, Campbell and Steve Rude. The issue is set to release April 18, while the series launches with Superman #1 out on Feb. 21 from DC Comics.

Source: DC Comics

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