Lobo: The New 52 Version

Posted by The Daily Zombies Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This is not "The Main Man".

The Ultimate Bastich himself is "fragged" by DC Comics with quite possibly the defining "Jump-The-Shark" moment in the New 52's redesign initiative. Brace yourself for the new and "improved" Lobo, now available in the New 52 Universe. 

He was known throughout the galaxy by many names. The Scourge o' the Cosmos. The Ultimate Bastich. The Last Czarnarian. The Main Man. Undoubtedly the baddest interstellar bounty hunter in comicdom, Lobo takes on the worst adversary he has ever faced: His copyright owner, DC Comics, and their cursed New 52 relaunch initiative. And The Main Man came out losing more than just a few pounds of muscle, but the entire mojo that made the anti-hero work in the first place.

Back in Deathstroke #9, we first witnessed the Lobo from the New 52 DC Universe and were severely underwhelmed with Rob Liefield's clumsy rendition of the popular anti-hero that somehow resemble Bloodwulf (Liefield's very own unimaginative parody of the character back in 1993's Darker Image) than Lobo himself. 

Just so that you can imagine our joy when it came to our knowledge that this particular Lobo is a cheap knock-off and will be taken out by the real Lobo, DC decided to spit on the other cheek as well by outdoing the awfulness of Liefield's rendition when they unveiled the concept art of the "new and improved" Lobo last Friday.

From the words of DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras:

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.

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.

There was a lot of thought put into how the real Lobo should look. Kenneth Rocafort’s various interpretations blew us away, but the design we landed on as the final choice is the last one in the above gallery. In this design, Ken updated Lobo’s facial tattoos and weaponry by adding laser edges to his blades and gloves that’ll give him extra strength with their mechanical usage. In the end, Ken transformed Lobo into a lean, mean killing machine.

Have a great weekend,

And with that, the weekend of every Lobo fans are ruined.

Hit the jump to check out all four concept art for the redesigned Lobo, and brace yourself for the very last one.

Designed by Superman artist Kenneth Rocafort, brace yourself for the bold new, androgynous Lobo!

Facing the tremendously negative backlash of fan responses to the new design, Marguerite Bennett, the writer of the Justice League #23.3: Lobo one-shot set to debut the reimagined character in September, has taken to her Tumblr to address the controversy (the post has since been deleted):

Dear Internet (which has called me some very unendearing names today), 

I was not in charge of the Lobo redesign. Ben Oliver was not in charge of the Lobo redesign. 
I wrote my script, and after it was completed, I was shown what the new character would look like.
For the record, the images you’ve seen—Ken Rocafort’s design and Aaron Kuder’s cover—are not what Lobo actually looks like in the book. I respectfully disagree with the decision to release that image.

When you go to get your comics on Wednesday, Sept 11, before you buy it (if you buy it), pick up Lobo and read the first four pages.

You can hate me by Page Two.

But if I do not have your attention by Page Four, you don’t have to read something of mine ever again.

Nevertheless. given Lobo's mostly whimsical storylines, we are still hopeful that this is just some publicity stunt to gain attention before the "real" Lobo shows up to take out the horrifying new Lobo.

Let's all cross our fingers for this one.

1 Comment
  1. Anonymous Said,

    The new Lobo is a sissy fop with blue highlights, more a Superboy clone or a Teen Titan...It's shameful...there is no humor, outrageousness, or raw edginess that made Lobo (the true Lobo) so original and exciting...how dare D.C...how dare they...admittedly the writing is decent (though a far cry from Alan Grant's wickedly funny scripts and Simon Bisley/Keith Giffen's art), but the New 52 revamp is too derivative, effeminate, and forgettable to ever don the "Lobo" name...Queen Priss of the Starways...I wonder where he gets his nails done. The fact that he retains the faintest hint of the original Lobo's demeanor and vernacular shows you they can't completely abandon the ethos of the original. Hey, you can't win 'em all, D.C...with such a massive revamp you were bound to fail with one. Priss-bo is your epic fail.

    I understand the original Lobo was Stan Lee's favorite D.C. character...wherever he is, Stan the Man is shaking his head...

    Posted on February 15, 2016 at 5:40 AM


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