New decade, new Lobo.
DC has given the bad-ass Simon Bisley-designed character of Lobo—a crazy madman who epitomized the heavy metal years of the 90s—and moved him to the Warped tour with a more…well, it’s hard not to see a bit of Twilight in the new Kenneth Rocafort design. According to DC editor in Chief Bob Harras, the new Lobo is the REAL one, with the bastich-hunting lunkhead of before being a mere imposter:
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.
Rocafort—who is definitely one of the most talented artists on the New 52 starting lineup turned in several more traditional Lobos, as well as a wispy one who was more American Idol tour. All rejected.
ANYTHING CAN REALLY HAPPEN in this new world, people. I know a lot of women who loved the old Lobo, maybe this new one will have more of an Edward Cullen feel.
[Thanks to Beat Lobo consultant Zena T. for help with this post.]
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.