Justice League 23.2
Special “Villains Month” Title: Lobo 1
Marguerite Bennett, Ben Oliver, Cliff Richards
Forever Evil Crossover
Spoiler alert! You have been warned!
I’m not going to lie. I expected this to be one of the worst comics I had ever purchased in the history of me collecting DC. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I didn’t hate it. That’s right. Mock all you want, but I actually kind of enjoyed this interpretation of the character. The newest Justice League (or, more realistically, Stormwatch) tie-in by newcomer Marguerite Bennett and artists Ben Oliver and Cliff Richards was far from disappointing.
What we have here is a relatively straight-forward one-shot tale of Lobo (the real one, or so we’re told) going through the motions and doing some intergalactic ass-kicking. His new character design didn’t actually bother me because, in essence, he’s still relatively the same pre-Flashpoint Main Man in terms of how he’s written. He’s rude, crude, and utterly socially unacceptable in every way imaginable. He’s a jerk. He’s violent. And when there was a scene at the end of the book where he was given a chance to save innocent lives or condemn them to a fate worse than death, he coldly let them face their cruel fate after being told something that mildly irritated him. We close with a picture of the “classic” Lobo (the one on the cover and the current pages of Stormwatch), causing the New 52 Lobo to become angry. He’s going on an imposter hunt, and it’s going to bring him to Earth. And apparently the upcoming pages of Supergirl.
So get used to him. Because like it or not, he’s going to be around for at least a few more comics until they tie up this particular loose end. Sure, it’s not worth the extra dollar for the fancy cover (save yourself the buck), but it’s actually still written like Lobo, just with a different look. So get over yourselves if you’re a huge Lobo fan boy and have faith in the Powers That Be over at DC Entertainment to deliver a gritty and humorous tale of ultra-violence and ridiculousness when the two Lobos finally meet. I’ll be there to see which one dies and how much drama that stirs.
My Rating: 3/5