DC Was Apparently Just Kidding About The New Lobo Look

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As you know, the internet has been in a tizzy since Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman. The lowest form of fandom has taken to posting their vile comments on each and every one of DC Comic‘s Facebook posts. Well this weekend the page got a few hours of reprieve from hearing about Affleck when they unveiled a new look for Lobo. Batfleck was an over exaggeration, but folks had the right amount of outrage over the main man’s new look.

loboOn a blog post this weekend for What’s New In The New 52, DC Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras showed off a new look for Lobo, claiming the bounty hunting bastich we’ve seen in the New 52 so far was a fake. Apparently we’ll see the new Lobo soon. The blog post read:

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.

You can click here to see all the various designs. The one you see in this article was said to be the final look. That didn’t go over well. Fans started trashing the tiny, male model Lobo who looked like he would fit in with the Twilight crowd. Even comic book writers and artist were making fun of Lobo‘s new design. Well today the main man’s writer says that DC were totally just kidding about the Lobo-lite.

Whether it be universal fan outrage (I searched Twitter and couldn’t find more than three Tweets out of 200 odd Tweets that like the new look) or the post just jumped the gun, people art trying to pacify fans by saying Lobo will indeed look “bigger, meaner, and nastier.Villains Month writer Marguerite Bennett says the Lobo she’s writing doesn’t look like Kenneth Rocafort‘s design seen above or even the one shown on the cover of Justice League #23.3. In a blog post, that has since been deleted, Bennett  said in part “I was not in charge of the Lobo redesign. Ben Oliver was not in charge of the Lobo redesign. I wrote my script, and after it was completed, I was shown what the new character would look like. For the record, the images you’ve seen — Ken Rocafort’s design and Aaron Kuder’s cover — are not what Lobo actually looks like in the book. I respectfully disagree with the decision to release that image.

Lobo had an appearance in Rob Liefeld‘s Deathstroke run and even an origin story in Jim Starlin‘s Stormwatch. Liefeld has poked fun at the Lobo re-reboot on Twitter, but Starlin hasn’t addressed his origin story being ignored on his Facebook page to date. Fans got worked up into a frenzy over the redesign, but DC apparently have taken it back. What do you think? Are you glad Lobo is probably dodging a bullet and doesn’t get a metrosexual new look?

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