EXCLUSIVELY announced on CBR, fan favorite Eisner Award-nominated rampaging horde, Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, you troglodyte) will team up with Reilly Brown (Cable & Deadpool) on a new Lobo ongoing for DC set to begin on October 1st. CBR sat down with Bunn and Brown and asked them the normal softball questions we have all come to expect from sites molded after Entertainment Tonight. Here’s an example:
Though he's not an A-lister, Lobo has enjoyed a devout following since his first appearance in 1983. Are you a fan of the character? Is there a specific issue or storyline that served as your introduction to the character?
Wow, I wonder if either creator will say “no.”
Cullen Bunn: I was actually reading "Omega Men" when Lobo made his first appearance, but I really started to appreciate the character during those great Alan Grant issues. I guess "The Last Czarnian" is the story I think about the most, but I don't think that was my first exposure to Grant's take on the character. In recent years, I haven't really kept up with Lobo, but I'd still consider myself a fan
Reilly Brown: When I was in high school, "Lobo" was one of the books that my friends and I passed around the most. We were kind of blown away by a DC character who was so over the top, and not at all in the traditional Superman/Batman mold. There weren't many of those around back then. I think the part where he surgically altered his brain to constantly play heavy metal particularly sold me.
Now for the bad news:
The character was reintroduced -- twice -- as part of DC's New 52 relaunch. A familiar version of the character appeared in Rob Liefeld's "Deathstroke" series, and a little more than a year later, a leaner, 'prettier' version designed by Kenneth Rocafort and said to be the "real" Lobo was introduced to much controversy during DC's Villains Month event.
Since the dawn of the New 52, we have seen two versions of Lobo. Will your series be featuring the "real" Lobo, who was introduced during Villains Month, or the "imposter" unleashed by Rob Liefeld in "Deathstroke?"
Bunn: The "real" Lobo is the star of our series, and I think he gives us a lot more mileage for new stories and avoiding some of the dangers of the "one trick pony" you mentioned earlier. There's so much we don't know about this character, because we've only seen him very, very briefly.
Brown: Personally I'm psyched for the chance to be able to develop the new character from pretty much the ground up. That's one of the most fun things about making comics, and an opportunity that can be rare at the Big Two.
But what about the Old Lobo we’ve all come to …. tolerate?
Will the "imposter" be featured too?
Bunn: The other character, "Faux-bo" as we've been calling him, will play a role in the book, but it might be a little surprising to readers. Lobo has been hunting Faux-bo for a while now. That hunt will reach its conclusion pretty quickly. We'll be looking into why someone might steal Lobo's identity as the series progresses.
And, finally, just to piss you off:
Who do you think drew the most iconic version of Lobo over the years and have you gone back to look at that version for inspiration?
Brown: Oh yeah! I definitely have some classic Simon Bisley images up on my desk that I refer to. For me, his visuals really defined what the character's all about.
But then why you no use Bisley’s vision?
Ugh, it's Monday and I haven’t had enough coffee for this yet.