Peaceful months have passed since her last adventure, and Lois is settling into her life in Metropolis — and preparing to meet SmallvilleGuy in real life for the very first time. But nothing could possibly be so easy in the life of Lois Lane, and when a group of teens with strange abilities starts to follow her, she’s in for another adventurous ride.
I haven’t missed a single review of Gwenda Bond’s Lois Lane young adult titles, and when Triple Threat was announced, I freaked out. (I’m hoping in another few months, I’ll be freaking out over the announcement of a fourth Lois Lane book.) With my anticipation for this book being so high, I started worrying I wouldn’t be satisfied with anything that came out.
No worries. Triple Threat is thrilling as Fallout and Double Down before it.
Superhuman beings have already had their place in Bond’s Lois Lane universe, her friend SmallvilleGuy not withstanding, and Triple Threat brings in a quartet of new superhumans to stir up trouble, mostly by following Lois and her friends.
In this book, Lois is up against some pretty tough baddies, but there’s one adversary she’s up against who’s even tougher: herself.
And I don’t mean that in some weird, twisty superhero way (clones, shadow version, and so forth). She’s up against her own faults and insecurities, especially her own stubbornness. As someone struggling to face my own stubbornness myself, I feel especially strongly about this part of the plot, and Bond does a great job exploring Lois as a person while making sure the pace of her adventure isn’t stilted or paused.
The other notable part of Triple Threat is the very first in-person meeting between Lois and her internet friend/sort-of-boyfriend SmallvilleGuy, whom she learns is named Clark. (Cue fangirlish screaming.)
Bond’s Clark Kent reads almost nothing like the one in the DC Universe and everything like the Clark from The CW’s Supergirl. Both Clarks have one thing in common: they embody what I’ve always loved about Superman — the gentleness, kindness, and optimism that set him apart from other superheroes.
The best part about their meeting is how Lois views Clark. I don’t want to ruin the magic by over-explaining it, but the way he introduces himself and the way she sees him is absolutely perfect for those who love them as a couple, and it’s definitely something to look forward to in the book. It’s also nice to view Lois’s developing relationship in direct contrast to the faltering relationship of her closest friend, Maddy, which makes for a really interesting (and realistic) foil.
After reading Triple Threat, I feel confident that I can continue to recommend this series for those who love journalist and investigator characters. It’s also a great series for those who love the optimistic aspects of Superman stories as well as those who love Lois and want to see her on her own adventures.
5 out of 5 stars
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