Thursday, July 21, 2011

Superman loses out to Jonathan Carroll in 'Superman #1' comic

Lois Lane's new boyfriend, Jonathan Carroll, is revealed in the upcoming 'Superman #1' comic.

Lois Lane's new boyfriend, Jonathan Carroll, is revealed in the upcoming 'Superman #1' comic.
Superman lost out on Lois Lane to this guy?

The Man of Steel has been pining for the intrepid reporter for the Daily Planet since he first leaped into American pop culture in a single bound in his 1939 comic debut. When the pair finally tied the knot in the 1990s, they became comic books’ equivalent of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor – or at least Popeye and Olive Oil.

That all changes in Superman #1, hitting stores in late September, part of DC Comics rebooting of its entire stable of comic books. Lane's new paramour, a Lothario who can't seem to keep his shirt on, is a never-seen-before co-worker at the Daily Planet, Jonathan Carroll, the Daily News has learned.

Superman is of the World's Greatest Super Heroes, but he can't have it all.  

Many of us know what it's like to be the odd man out and we think readers will have a soft spot for Clark when they see his reaction to Lois' new boyfriend.

The company has created a stir in the industry with its decision to rejuvenate all of its characters in the aftermath of a storyline where The Flash's nemesis wreaked havoc with time and created a whole alternate reality for DC's heroes.

The move is meant to make it easier for new readers to jump aboard without being scared off by decades of back-stories, but some changes -- like Clark Kent's sudden bachelorhood -- have been hard for longtime fans to accept.

"It seems very strange that you would get rid of them being married, since it's been an established fact in the comics for 20 years," says Ron Hill, manager at Jim Hanley's Universe, a comic book store in midtown Manhattan.

"I feel bad for the new boyfriend, though. At the end of the day Lois and Superman are supposed to be together."

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