I’m the wrong guy to ask normally when it comes to Lobo. I dislike Lobo while hate Wolverine for a simple reason: Lobo is a joke. Literally, he’s a joke, a parody of the “anti-hero” that was on the rise, created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen. He was never meant to be taken seriously.
And yet Lobo has somehow become the very kind of character he was intended to parody. That’s very sad, but now it looks like the humor that still came with him may be going away…at least if his redesigns are any indication.
So first we get some kind of backstory in which Lobo killed his whole planet with science rather than what you’d expect from Lobo. Now we learn that Lobo isn’t Lobo? Nope, he’s actually this pretty boy:
From the DC Source blog:
The Lobo you think you know doesn’t exist.
Back when we introduced this “What’s New In The New 52” column, I told you that the most important word in The New 52 is “New.” We’re always striving to keep things exciting, different and surprising. Which is why JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.2: LOBO (from the creative team of Marguerite Bennett, Ben Oliver, Cliff Richards and Daniel Brown) contains a major surprise – one we’ve had planned for a while. The Lobo you’ve seen so far in the New 52 is not who you think he is. In this one-shot, you’ll be introduced to the real Lobo. A ruthless killer, Lobo is on a quest to kill the man who has taken his name.
First Dr. Light becomes addicted to raping, then Plastic Man is nowhere to be seen in the New 52 while Ambush Bug is reduced to those stupid “Channel 52” pages (the worst way to do a promo for other comics coming out that week I’ve ever seen)) and now the parody of anti-heroes is becoming less comical. Humor, right down to those lighthearted moments we all have at least once in our lives, are disappearing in place of snarky, angry people. Now one of the biggest running gags has become “ultra-serious”.
This Lobo is equal parts strong, vicious, and driven. There’s a darker and more logical idea about what a force of nature like him is capable of. After all, this is someone who can infiltrate high society, fly a space ship, and adhere to a very specific moral code that’s not your typical anti-hero one. Oh, and, this one-shot takes place very far away from Earth. And when I say very far away, I mean it takes place literally on the other side of the galaxy.
I don’t even like Lobo, because along the way writers kept wanting to use him and less and less stopped getting the joke. When he’s on-character he can be somewhat amusing in the right usage. But now he’s just another assassin, only from space.
It may be the biggest “joke” yet and odds are Lobo fans aren’t laughing.