Meet Lois Lane's new douchebag boyfriend, Jonathan Carroll

Illustration for article titled Meet Lois Lanes new douchebag boyfriend, Jonathan Carroll

Remember those murmurs that Lois Lane and Clark Kent's marriage would be dissolved as part of DC Comics' big relaunch? Well, now it's official. In September's Superman #1, a mopey, tactless Clark Kent interrupts Lois and her new boyfriend — Daily Planet heartthrob Jonathan Caroll — mid-coitus. Take a hike, Smallville!

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Merciful Rao, it's one thing to dissolve the poor guy's marriage using some vaguely defined cosmic chicanery, but it's extraordinarily brutal to transform Clark Kent into a walking, talking erection killer. It's even worse for him to use his super-hearing for super-voyeurism. Absolutely nobody in these panels comes out looking good.

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In any case, I'm hoping "Jonathan Carroll" is a psuedonym for "John Constantine." Now that would be comedy.

Illustration for article titled Meet Lois Lanes new douchebag boyfriend, Jonathan Carroll
Illustration for article titled Meet Lois Lanes new douchebag boyfriend, Jonathan Carroll

[The NY Daily News via Comics Alliance]

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crbrennan
Spaceknight

I'm completely confused as to the retcon details here.

Geoff Johns has stated he's not undoing his past few years on Green Lantern. So things there happened, like the Sinestro War and Blackest Night and Superman's involvement there-in. hence, obviously Superman died at the hands of Doomsday somewhere along the line, none of that is being undone. Plus the origin of the Cyborg, and Superboy Prime, and other related characters all the way back to the destruction of Coast City that all connected to GL. (Remember, a huge point of the Rebirth storyline was rebuilding Coast City.)

Is this a flashback to before all those later Superman stories happened? eg, before Doomsday, meaning before Reign of the Supermen, meaning before Exile and the origins of the Eradicator, but all those events I've mentioned are still part of the character history?

In which case... 1) how many issues of this flashback do we have to endure before we're at the status quo? Or, from the other point of view, if Superman shows up in next month's issue of Green Lantern, how many months until such appearances are in synch with his own books? (and for that matter, where is the relaunch of JLA in the timeline?)

and 2) Why bother filling in what we know is useless back story at all? Especially why do it in the main books instead of moving forward and maybe an origin/flashback miniseries which they tend to do for Superman about every 18 months or so.