This has been one of the most controversial Villain’s Month books, which came as a surprise to me, because I really didn’t think people cared about Lobo in 2013. I personally have never really care about Lobo, I liked him in 52, but other than that… he’s like Deadpool, a one-note joke that I wasn’t fussed about. So all of the furor about the new skinny Lobo meant zip no me, and it meant I could enjoy what was a pretty great comic that introduced a pretty bad-ass take on the character. This new Lobo is a no-nonsense killing machine, and he’s great.
I thought it was a little bit on the nose for Marguerite Bennett to repeat the refrain that we the audience don’t know Lobo at all, but I suppose it is true, we don’t know this new version of Lobo. This issue was fairly simple story-wise, and was mainly a way to introduce the character and show how ruthless he is in carrying out his Bounty Hunter job. I love how, when he discovered that the cargo he was carrying was actually a race of people who were being transported to be killed for the magical bones (or something like that), he didn’t show any mercy, and just locked them back up and delivered them anyways. Lobo does not give a single fuck.
The artwork in this issue was another highlight, I’ve always liked Ben Oliver, and this was one of the best looking Villain’s Month titles so far, this wasn’t rushed fill-in stuff, it looked really good, especially the action sequences, which were crisp and brutal. As for the redesigned Lobo, I like it too, it’s a visual that works a lot better for the modern day than the classic Lobo, which really does feel incredibly 90s-tastic, and it’s interesting to see such a bad-ass killing machine not be a roided-out freak. People are always crying out for more variety in female body types in comics, so why not men as well? The physiques of male superheroes are just as idealized as female ones when you think about it, it’s just that the male figure is not as inherently sexualized in our culture.
In the end, as reward for his human (well, alien) trafficking, Lobo is given information about where the fake Lobo (the one we are familiar with) has been hiding, and duh, it’s Earth. Marguerite Bennett has once again impressed me with her writing, the Batman Annual she co-wrote with Scott Snyder was good, and this solo outing may be even better, I’m certainly going to check out her first ongoing gig at DC, whatever it is (unless it’s Batgirl or something shit).
The only real problem with this issue is one that’s present in a lot of these villain’s month books, even though this is a Justice League issue, the next place this new Lobo is set to appear is in the pages of Supergirl, which is dumb, DC need to label these titles properly.