Lois Lane hasn't been able to rate an ongoing series in DC Comics' The New 52, but the character is taking on a starring role in a different medium: young adult novels.

Next January, publisher Switch Press will release Lois Lane: Fallout, which will feature a young Lois starting her life in Metropolis after her military family moves there. Gwenda Bond, the author of the upcoming Girl on a Wire and The Woken Gods, and clearly a huge Lois Lane fan, has confirmed that she's writing the novel.

I am completely overwhelmed -- in the best possible way -- by the reaction to the news. Because Lois deserves that reaction!

Lois is an icon, of course, a superhero without any superpowers . . . except her unmatched bravery and smarts. Not to mention her sense of humor and her commitment to truth and justice. She's also one of my all-time favorite characters -- which is why I jumped at the chance to write a novel featuring a teen Lois, moving to Metropolis and becoming a reporter for the first time. As I said yesterday, it's been an incredible honor to do this project and work with the fantastic teams at Capstone/Switch Press and DC. And, most of all, to get to put Lois front and center in the starring role, obviously. (Plus fun to write lots of banter with her maybe-more-than-a-friend from Kansas, screen name SmallvilleGuy.)

To further prove her bona fides (not that she particularly needed to), Bond posted a photo of herself in a Lois Lane t-shirt, holding the Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years hardcover DC published last year.

The book is already available for pre-order on Amazon, where it's selling for $15.26.

There's no indication as of yet whether Fallout (which, I should note, is about a group of high school kids called the Warheads who is terrorizing other kids via an video game that messes with their brains) is the first installment of a series or a standalone project, but really, are there any young adult books that don't turn into series now?

And hey, maybe it could lead to a Lois Lane comic series? We can hope.

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