lucas-remoussin asked: Hi. :)What motivated you to use Lana in your arc of AC ? And to make her much more down to earth than her previous incarnations ? (she could be a b**** sometimes ^^)
I wanted a classic non-super-powered member of Superman’s supporting cast to play a big role in the book — a character who could ground the big guy and bring out that Clarkness, if you know what I mean. Some characters were tied up in other stories in other books. But Lana was totally available, and the more I thought about it, she was just perfect as someone who knew Clark as a kid and had kept his secret all these years. Bringing her back onto the scene just seemed like a fantastic set up for character-revealing moments.
We also wanted to make Lana pro-active and directed in her own right. The hero of her own story. It seems to me that Lana and Clark probably had a huge influence on each other as kids and young people. Each is a hero today partly because of the influence of the other. So she’d have to be someone pretty darn special.
I’ve had a total blast writing Lana, and man, is Aaron Kuder doing a fantastic job drawing her. Aaron actually gave me the idea to make her an electrical engineer — he worked as an electrician back in the day. I think he’s got an amazing feel for her, bringing out that wry humor and farmgirl straight-forwardness and that straight-up action hero side as well. Just loving everything he’s doing.
Thanks for answering ! And I like that Aaron doesn’t draw as a hottie, without being ugly either, much more relatable. Forgot to say it in the qs, but fantastic issue, really loved Supes relation to misunderstood monsters, and the beast especially. :)