Lois Lane: Fallout

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight.

As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy…

Lois Lane: Fallout is available now from Switch Press/Capstone.


“Lois Lane has always been one of my favorite characters in American literature. Who is this human, un-powered woman who so easily stands up beside the most iconic superhero of all time? Gwenda Bond’s book asks, who was Lois as a teenager? The answer is a spirited, engrossing story that kept me flipping pages and rooting for stubborn, clever, fearless Lois Lane.”

—Shannon Hale, New York Times bestselling author of Dangerous

“Bond has written a Lois Lane for the internet age—giving her charm, toughness and a wit that’s faster than a speeding bullet! There’s enough mystery, high school drama, and just the perfect hint of superhero science fiction, that will leave readers wanting more. “

—Matthew Cody, author of Powerless and The Supers of Noble's Green

“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.”

Kirkus (Starred Review)

“So it’s basically Lois Lane in a Veronica Mars-esque plot, which sounds like all kinds of awesome.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Step aside, Katniss: it’s time for a teenage journalist to take over.”

Hollywood Reporter

“Lois Lane: Fallout is an innovative and overdue revitalization of Lois Lane, and stands on its own as a stellar YA debut for the character, but it also fits in well with DC Comics’ larger aims. “

Tim Hanley for The Comics Journal

“Gwenda Bond concocts an intelligent novel that moves faster than a speeding bullet, with an original story about Lois Lane’s teen life and a mysterious online pen pal called “SmallvilleGuy.” Bond’s high-stakes plot keeps the pages turning; the teens solve their problems themselves without Superman’s superpowers to save the day. The author mixes in the rewards of friendship and a hint of romance. Lois proves a model of trusting one’s instincts and standing up for what’s right–the rest will follow. May this be the first of many more.”

Shelf Awareness

“Bond cleverly reimagines star reporter Lois Lane as a teenager today. Superman fans will delight in the nicely detailed ties to the man of steel, while enjoying Bond’s focus on the fearless reporter. … The dry wit of the narrative and the satisfyingly coy online romance between Lois Lane and Smallville Guy make each of those steps delightful.”


“Lois is smart and gutsy. The plot is well paced; the reader is immediately pulled into the story and taken for an enjoyable ride. A bit of romance, plenty of adventure, and intrigue add up to a tale that will engage most teen readers. “


“One can’t help comparing Bond’s Lois to TV’s Veronica Mars and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yet given the DC Comics character’s long tradition of ass-kickery, it’s more accurate to compare Veronica and Buffy to her. … It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane, it’s Lois Lane, boldly following clues wherever they lead, taking readers along for a thrilling ride.”

Chicago Tribune