Art by: Cliff Richards and Mike Atiyeh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 3, 2015
Same Old Song and Dance
I know that a bunch of you guys out there reading this review were pissed off when the Convergence event interrupted your regularly scheduled books. I know because I'm right there with you and while I am not a small town pizza lawyer (yet!), I am a man of the people. As such, I also think I understand a bit of what's up DC's sleeve. Now that Convergence is over, everyone is salivating for their books with a fervor the likes of which I haven't seen since that New Coke/Coke Classic fiasco in the 80's. The "vacation" also setup a great opportunity to release some new books, but also change and retool the returning ones. Seriously, it's pretty damn exciting for fans of this new "DC You". And then there was Lobo. Cullen Bunn's revamped version of the Main Man has only been around a half a year, but after six issues. it had already become pretty stale. So, did Bunn use this two month Convergence vacation to come back with a bang or is it business as usual for the Last Czarnian? Let's find out...
The way this issue starts out is not going to give anyone tired of this book any reason to have high hopes of change. Lobo is finishing up some sexy time fun with two (or one?) aliens that would make Captain Kirk proud and heads off to his next mark. He may be done chasing down assassins bent on destroying Earth, but this really doesn't feel much different. After taking care of a multitude of thugs and bodyguards, Lobo has his man...until someone else kills him. That's bad enough, but the party crashers are military types and there's lots of them.
Like I said, nothing up until now is going to wow anyone who has been reading this book from the start and I'm pretty sure that it's not going to grab the attention of anyone looking to jump in either. Unfortunately, it doesn't get much better from here on out.
After Lobo kills the entire army, Bunn finally gives us some meat. It seems that a famous Guild, The Void Whisper, wants Lobo to be their problem fixer and has sent a representative to give him an offer he can't refuse. In a shout out to the last arc, She offers Lobo an opportunity to find out who wanted Earth destroyed, but also who targeted his home planet of Czarnia. Unless I'm totally wrong, this book is moving away from the Assassin of the Month Club to the Contract of the Month Club. That does not sound much different to me. The issue ends with Lobo's version of Kiss Me Deadly and his first job going to hell. Here we go again!
Lobo has been one of those "meh" books that I read and review each month and move along. I never look forward to it and afterwards it doesn't leave any lasting impression. It's been the definition of vanilla and this issue doesn't feel any different.
I have never been a fan of Cliff Richard's art. It's just not for me...until now. I really liked the look of this issue with it's gory action and crazy looking aliens. I promise to give Richards more kudos from here on out.
Bits and Pieces:
Cullen Bunn used the two month Convergence layoff to...give us more of the same. Sure, the setting has changed (a bit), but the song remains the same. If you enjoy watching Lobo fight a rotating bunch of thugs while acting all aloof, then do I have a book for you. The cliffhanger was interesting, but I'm maintaining a wait and see approach and I'd suggest you do the same. As of now, this book is still pretty "meh".