[SPOILER] Gets a '90s-Inspired Costume Overhaul in Superwoman #1

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When fans pick up Superwoman #1 from veteran writer/artist Phil Jiminez later today, the issue is going to surprise them.

The second -- which we'll cover in another story -- is the biggest and most spoilery, but along the way there's a pretty major, game-changing revelation.

Last chance to turn back before spoilers for Superwoman #1.

Prior to the comic's release, the basic premise was that The New 52's Lois Lane had transitioned from crusading reporter to Metropolis Marvel, taking on the role of Superwoman, and that Lana Lang would be her non-powered sidekick and scientific advisor.

Here's the solicitation for today's issue:

"Lois Lane takes flight! Now powered up with the abilities of Superman, Lois pledges to carry on the super-legacy as Superwoman! There’s only one problem: Lois’ new powers are killing her, and neither she nor her friend and confidant Lana Lang know what to do about it."

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Well, to "friend and confidant," add "fellow superhero." Lana appears in the issue not only as the inspiration behind the New 52 Superman, a farmer and an engineer -- but as another Superwoman -- this one wearing a costume and sporting powers inspired by the storyline where Superman was split into two separate, electric-powered beings.

In 1997's Superman #123, the Man of Steel -- who had recently lost his powers briefly and had to jumpstart them -- donned a new costume and power set, featuring blue skin, a costume with a lightning bolt motif, and entirely new abilities.

The idea was to challenge Superman to think differently and to stop relying so much on brute strength to win the day. The story sold pretty well, although critical and fan reception was mixed. Eventually, before returning him to his normal self in Superman Forever, a prestige-format one-shot, an attempt to kill Superman in Superman Red/Superman Blue #1 resulted in creating an energy-based duplicate of the Man of Steel, with each "half" of him representing different aspects of his personality.

That storyline in itself was a riff on a Silver Age story (also called "Superman Red/Superman Blue"), so it's arguably fitting that the red, electric Superman has now spawned Superwoman.

The "lightning" S-shield is a little different this time -- although that variation on the House of El's coat of arms has been in use pretty consistently since The New 52 launched, with Supergirl wearing a red-and-yellow version of the spiky, "electric" logo. It isn't yet clear whether Lana will keep this look indefinitely or change to a more "traditional" blue costume like Lois's once the series gets underway and the "discovering their powers" portion of the story is finished.

Superwoman #1 is on sale now. You can get a copy at your local comic book store, or on ComiXology.

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