Lobo #1 Review: DC Misses The Mark And The Point

Lobo #1 Review: DC Misses The Mark And The Point

For better and for worse, DC is fully committed to the reboot/retcon of the Main Man. They may have fragged up the classic character but good.

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First off, the Czarnian planet was fragged by Lobo (1.0?)'s high school science project, at least according to the animated series which is the best way a planet has ever been destroyed as far as I'm concerned.

Second, if there's ever another DC/Marvel crossover, this version absolutely needs to meet Deadpool:

"Dude, what happened to you? You were fantastic, the friggin' Main Man! Now it's all "brood this" and "I Am The Night that." You've got your head so far up your ass you're choking on your stomach!"

Ugh... I can't imagine a single Lobo fan approving of this change. Fuck you, DC. Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.

vid87:
First off, the Czarnian planet was fragged by Lobo (1.0?)'s high school science project, at least according to the animated series which is the best way a planet has ever been destroyed as far as I'm concerned.

Second, if there's ever another DC/Marvel crossover, this version absolutely needs to meet Deadpool:

"Dude, what happened to you? You were fantastic, the friggin' Main Man! Now it's all "brood this" and "I Am The Night that." You've got your head so far up your ass you're choking on your stomach!"

I read that in Ryan Reynolds's voice and it made me smile.

OT: So... he's Sasuke Uchiha inhabiting a body cross between Edward Cullen and The Crow?

Yeah... get me as far away from that as the law allows. Law of the state, country, physics, I don't care.

The problem with the so called fake Lobo dying is that the 1990s retcon of Lobo was already killed by Loo, went to heaven, went to hell, went to heaven again, & during that time was resurrected more than once. Then He finally defeated Loo after finally being properly resurrected.

Oh Well.... At least I have my pre 52 Lobo Collection.

RatGouf:
The problem with the so called fake Lobo dying is that the 1990s retcon of Lobo was already killed by Loo, went to heaven, went to hell, went to heaven again, & during that time was resurrected more than once. Then He finally defeated Loo after finally being properly resurrected.

Oh Well.... At least I have my pre 52 Lobo Collection.

I still think this is the reason, "Faux-Bo" will return and kick this Lobo's butt shortly.

I haven't read the new one but unless the experiences of the Lobo we all know and love were all lies, I'm pretty sure you'd need more than one issue to kill him and have it stick.

vid87:
First off, the Czarnian planet was fragged by Lobo (1.0?)'s high school science project, at least according to the animated series which is the best way a planet has ever been destroyed as far as I'm concerned.

Oh that's cannon. According to his first self titled miniseries he basically bioengineered these horrific insects which burrowed into all but him and one other Czarnian (who was offworld at the time) and caused terrible lethal boils while laying eggs in them. The general idea was that he lived on a planet that was the perfect utopia and He was all the karmic evil they had racked up piled into one twisted little child.

I also think he was born WITH that meathook.

The best thing I can say about new Lobo is that he isn't as irritating as when he first showed up. If this wasn't Lobo then the book would be okay and I'd be more forgiving as I'd be more curious as to where it's going, hoping it builds up. As it is, I'm really hoping Lobo Classic shows up and takes his book back.

I really don't like being "that guy". The nerd who seems averse to change or new ideas. And I really don't think I am in most cases. I usually like big continuity shake-ups that rock you out of your comfort zone. I like lady Thor, I liked the Spider-Gwen one off last month.

Here with this Lobo however, I can't help but feel a little insulted. I mean a reboot that tries something new is one thing. But having this new version that looks more like an anime reject than anything resembling the Lobo fans have loved for years and then proceeding to battle and kill the old version, I can't help but feel a little put off by the whole thing.

But maybe that's the point? Maybe sales have never been as good as the fans would assume? I don't know. I just know I'll never think of this new creation as Lobo. I feel bad for not giving it an honest chance, but I just don't want to.

I don't love Lobo enough to stay with him through something like this. I stuck with Spider-Man through One More Day, I stuck with Batman through all of his misadventures, I even stuck with Punisher when they started making him hunt ghosts (although admittedly not for long, but I gave it a shot). But not this one. Lobo without silliness and over-the-top shenanigans just doesn't work for me. Not even a little.

But hey, way to stick to the "No Jokes" rule DC. Hope it works out for you.

What the Hell DC?! Must you change everything we know and love!? Don't get me wrong, I'm not averse to change... but the way they're going about it rubs me the wrong way. Especially since, as the article points out, we could have had a parody of the concept, but no, what we get is some pretty boy calling himself Lobo. Screw that! I want the old, rough and tumble Lobo back!

Did we mention this is also the company handling the cinematic adaptation of the Justice League....

Wow... Lobo was literally a perfect character and few hit home like Lobo and what Lobo was about. I agree, they fucked it up big time. It was horrendous the second I saw the "new Lobo" design that I knew they were gonna mess this up. I'm all for a modernized version of a character with a modern aesthetic, but turning him into that... just stupid.

Didn't Marvel publish this character a few years back as part of the Anihilation Conquest Story? I think they called him Wraith, but I would swear they are the same. Dull and brooding. BLEAH! I never thought I would say this, but I miss over the top 80's Lobo.

Yeah, it seems DC's mantle of 'only funny character' has passed now, from Booster Gold to Lobo now Harley Quinn aka Deadpool with boobs and a psychology degree gets to be funny. Sriusly though, that series with Harley is selling crazy well last I saw, do they actually think it's JUST because she has a new skanky costume?

CaptainMarvelous:
Yeah, it seems DC's mantle of 'only funny character' has passed now, from Booster Gold to Lobo now Harley Quinn aka Deadpool with boobs and a psychology degree gets to be funny. Sriusly though, that series with Harley is selling crazy well last I saw, do they actually think it's JUST because she has a new skanky costume?

Harley Quinn is the only bright spot in the NEW 52. I mean they did almost an single issue where she debuts her way of cleaning the cat and dog poo out of her apartment building by building a cataplut that flings giant bags of dog and cat poo all over NYC including at DC's NYC offices where DiBio is talking about his next "brilliant" idea about the DCU was the funniest things I've in a comic not written by Peter David and James Roberts (of The Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye and if you're not reading that series you are missing out on one the best comics out there I put in the same league as Saga, East of West, Rat Queens, Sex, and everything else Image puts out that is great at the moment).

Only really familiar with him from his TV appearances (Superman and Justice League) and I always found him rather funny.

I don't see the appeal of making him a broody anti-hero, when he's always been a parody of an old hero archetype. It seems just as counterproductive as making Deadpool sane. Then again, they kind of tried that already... and the world was not impressed.

DC, please, for the love of God, get the memo. Brooding and dark isn't fun because it's brooding and dark, it's because it sets up the atmosphere and lets us see the world through a character's perspective. Brood for a moment and then go do something else with the character.

Lobo, pre-52, was a riot, a parody of the undercurrent of ubermacho insecurity that ran through comics in the 90s because he really was ubermacho, completely secure in that fact, and an unabashed dick, but an incredibly hilarious one. Whether or not it's enough to carry a comic on its own is up for grabs, but it means he's a good supplemental or comic relief character and, as the Superman cartoon showed us, a great foil for actual heroic characters.

If they really want to keep this 52-Lobo, they should ideally make him a parody of grim, brooding pretty-boys just to mock the prevalence of that trend in media.

The Brazilians are gonna have a fit.

Fauxbo sucks

Saika Renegade:

If they really want to keep this 52-Lobo, they should ideally make him a parody of grim, brooding pretty-boys just to mock the prevalence of that trend in media.

well considering the original Lobo's first incarnation to what he became? It's possible they can just shift the tone drastically.

I didn't even know Lobo as anything more than a crazy awesome side character that appeared whenever the writers felt like writing a nutty story, I didn't even know he had a comic book until now, and I still find myself VERY disappointed by this move DC is making. I get the same feeling here I got with the "Superior" Spider-Man run, a cheap attempt to boost sales for a short while through pissing off all the fans by systematically destroying everything fans ever liked about the character bit by bit before they go back and undo everything anyway.

While I agree that new Lobo is a travesty, I'd like to point out that he first appeared in Omega Men #3 (which was actually a Green Lantern spinoff), in 1983. He is NOT actually a parody of The Dark Age of Comics, as he predates that era by about 3 years. If anything, he's the ur-example of what was to eventually dominate comics for over a decade after The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen were published in '86.

Well on the bright side at least it answers the question of what will DC mess up next?

Ugh, I wonder how much longer it is until we can get a universe reboot to this universe reboot to make DC fun again?

I really *cant* stand the original lobo. Parody characters (and by extension similar ones like Deadpool) trying to exist in the same reality as 'serious' superheros always rubs me the wrong way. Marvel already does plenty of self-hate in their movies, and DC is just self-hating, but these characters are like focal points I can't stand. While I'll admit the new lobo is a non-character, hes miles closer to what I'd rather read than the original.

Jetsetneo:
I really *cant* stand the original lobo. Parody characters (and by extension similar ones like Deadpool) trying to exist in the same reality as 'serious' superheros always rubs me the wrong way. Marvel already does plenty of self-hate in their movies, and DC is just self-hating, but these characters are like focal points I can't stand. While I'll admit the new lobo is a non-character, hes miles closer to what I'd rather read than the original.

But there are dozens upon dozens of characters, brooding, mysterious, antisocial loner badasses, in the comic book world that are played straight. You can read about them right now, from Wolverine to The Punisher to Deathstroke to Spawn to countless others. There is literally no shortage of them.

There was one, and only one, Main Man Lobo. Only one character who was just the embodiment of the love of violence. There was nothing else like him before, and now there is nothing else like him after. Even Lobo has a message to fans of the new version:
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Lobo was something comics once did well: just ENJOY being a medium only comics can tell or get away with. He was a parody that was played straight, the Naked Gun of comic book characters. He was hysterical whether you knew he was a parody or not, and his comics were crass and violence in the same way an Itchy & Scratchy cartoon were.

But it was always done in good fun. Always. There's a reason that, when it came time to do the #1,000,000 issue, they took him and turned him into a giant, goofy, over-the-hill has-been who became a fat circus attraction.
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The original may have been violent and crass and funny, but the comic was also razor sharp and SMART. It knew exactly what to satirize and how to do it. The new comic is serious, not as violent, not funny, and thus it's unoriginal and, well, dumb. There's no real wit behind it.

I'd rather take something bizarre and unique over yet another brooding anti-hero with the perfect body and dreamy hair. I mean, we already had this EXACT CHARACTER done by Top Cow only a few years ago:
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Been there, done that, DC...

Queen Michael:
Ugh... I can't imagine a single Lobo fan approving of this change. Fuck you, DC. Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.

I applaud DC for their bravery in showcasing why some characters need to stay silly. Not that Deadpool didn't prove it could be done though. But bravo DC, your standards in comics seems to declining steadily.

Well done.

Idiots

I like to think that this started out as making fun of the brooding superhero stereotypes. He cut out his own memories to forget the pain but his recovery ability keeps restoring them, so he cuts his wrists instead. He tries holding an angsty monologue atop of a rooftop to look cool but a mugging interupts him. He kills both the muggers and the muggee for breaking his concentration and imediately turns around to wonder what kind of monster he became.

Then someone else got put in charge of the project and thought the first guy was being serious.

Jetsetneo:
Marvel already does plenty of self-hate in their movies, and DC is just self-hating...

Care to give a few examples?

I used to read Lobo when i was younger, and iv'e got to say this new version sounds fucking awful! Let's hope the main man comes back and kills this whiney douchebag.

I was reluctant to take an Escapist review at face value so I've read the first three issues.....and you know what, it's pretty meh, when it shouldn't be. Problems I noticed:

1. New Lobo is actually just a space dude version of the Red Hood. In fact it kind of feels like someone thought they needed an official "Space Red Hood/Star Lord" dude to add to the roster and decided to capitalize on the Lobo title to do it.

2. New Lobo is not funny. The very modest efforts at funny are not funny. The book could be funny, even with this character, but it's not.

3. DC might have confused Liefield's abuse of the character in New 52 previously as a sign people didn't like old Lobo (in Deathstroke iirc). They failed to realize that it's not that people didn't like Lobo, they don't like Liefield.

4. Three issues in and most of the space stuff is in flashbacks revising New Lobo's angsty history with Czarnia, the ost egregious retcon in all retcons to date. Needs more space.

5. The only saving grace is that they can do to the new Lobo what he did to the old Lobo in issue one pretty easily, and i hope they do. I was there in 1983 for his first appearance in Omega Men, and I'd like to see that guy come back. Not picking up issue 4 or any more until the real Lobo returns.

Gah double post. Old Lobo must return and consume the new Lobo. Ideally he will reconsitute in whatever trash dumpster he was deposited and finish off Angsty Fauxbo around issue 5 at the latest, please.

 

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