All Hail, the return of Lobo
Another of what we perceive as missteps by DC Comics with the New 52 launch was the treatment given to Lobo. They made it so the Lobo we have all grown to love was an impostor. The big, gruff, hard drinking, gun for hire, biker Lobo was supposed to have used the real Lobo’s identity.
The introduce a new, educated, sleek, but still ruthless Lobo. Don’t get us wrong, the new Lobo was an interesting character, but the old Lobo held a special place in our hearts… and in the DC Universe. His interactions with other DC characters produced some of the most entertaining situations. The new Lobo didn’t resonate with readers and his title was eventually cancelled.
Imagine our excitement when we heard the news that Lobo would be returning. Now double that excitement when we heard it would be with DC powerhouse comic Harley Quinn. Then raise that excitement to the power of infinity when we were told that Simon Bisley would be helping out with Lobo’s return. Paint us overjoyed.
We can only hope this sparks enough interest for DC Comics to bring the last Czarnian back with his own title. How about a DC Comics Rebirth title for Lobo? Make him one of the key components to the timeline story.
Lobo is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The Lobo character was created by Roger Slifer and Keith Giffen, and first appeared in Omega Men #3 (June 1983). Lobo is an alien born on the Utopian planet of Czarnia and works as an interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter.
Lobo was first introduced as a hardened villain in the 1980s. He soon fell out of use with writers. He remained in limbo until his revival as an anti-hero biker with his own comic in the early 1990s. Writers attempted to use Lobo as an imitation of the 1990s trend towards “grim and gritty” superhero stories epitomized by such Marvel Comics characters as Cable, Wolverine, and Punisher. Instead of becoming a parody he was enthusiastically accepted by fans of the trend. This popularity led to the character having a much higher profile in DC Comics stories from then on, as well as starring roles in various series in the decades since.
Powers and Abilities
Lobo possesses extraordinary strength of undefined limits. Lobo also possesses superhuman durability. In one instance, Lobo was declared immortal. He died and went to hell, but he proved too much for the demons. When he was then sent to heaven he wreaked so much havoc that he was permanently banished from the afterlife.
If Lobo sustains injury, his accelerated healing factor enables him to regenerate damaged or destroyed tissue with superhuman speed and efficiency. For instance, Lobo can regenerate out of a pool of his own blood, apparently recycling the cells. He is immune to the effects of aging and disease.
Lobo possesses an amazingly developed sense of smell which allows him to track objects between solar systems. He also has a tracking ability enabling him to track an individual across galactic distances.
He is a formidable combatant with expertise in multiple forms of armed and unarmed combat. His favorite weapon is a large titanium alloy chain with a large gutting hook connected at the end. He keeps it wrapped around his right wrist. Lobo also uses high-grade explosives and advanced firearms.
Despite his violent and loutish nature, Lobo seems to have a genius-level intellect in matters of destruction and violence. He can create complex virulent agents and the corresponding antidotes. In one version of his backstory he released such a plague on Czarnia as a science project which resulted in the deaths of the entire population in the span of one week.
His vehicle, some sort of space-faring motorcycle (the “Space Hog”), often accompanies him. It is his own design. Despite its size it is capable of extended and speedy travel throughout space. Further, it protects those in its immediate vicinity from the hazards of space and somehow permits the ability to breathe and speak. He was also able to scavenge parts from a destroyed time hopper and attach them to his own bike producing a working time machine. Lobo is fluent in many alien languages (according to Lobo, 17,897). He is extremely knowledgeable in the locations and cultures of worlds without external references.
It is not fully known the extent to which his powers are common for his race or unique to him. In the miniseries The Last Czarnian and elsewhere it is stated that the cloning and healing abilities are traits possessed by all Czarnians, as is the apparent ability to survive in the vacuum of space.
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