Art by: Robson Rocha, Matt Banning, Daniel Henriques, Cam Smith and Blond
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 2, 2015
It's a shame that not more people gave this new Lobo a chance. Actually, it's a shame that they didn't give these last couple issues a chance because after a rough start, this book has finally found it's footing and adding Sinestro to the mix has only made it better. The Lobo Annual was hands down my favorite issue this rebooted Main Man has starred in and I couldn't wait for this issue to continue the story. There are certain pairings that just make sense in a holy sh** kind of way and this is one of those in my book. Don't ask what the others are because nobody gets a peek into my book. So, does the great lead in and awesome pairing equal a must read issue? Let's find out...
If you were hoping for a crazy start to the Sinestro Rising crossover, your hopes and dreams have come true...unless you are an Indigo Tribe fan. Sinestro has charged Lobo with taking out Lanterns across the Universe and while we get to see him take on the Indigos including their leader, Indigo-1, it's obvious he's been a busy boy. He's got a sack full of rings (fingers included) in what can only be the worst Christmas nightmare of every Lantern ever. He's looking to add Indigo-1's ring to his collection, but she's got other plans. The battle cranks it to eleven and seriously, if this entire series were half as cool as this scene, this book would be a top seller. I hope it's not too late because I want more.
After his failed attempt, Lobo goes back to Sinestro to give him the rings he's collected and find out who his next victim is. While I really thought Sinestro was going to take the Indigo failure a little harder, he seems cool with it. He doesn't seem to be as pleased to be dealing with Kadra and she points out what everyone in the Universe already knows...don't trust Sinestro.
I'd like to point something else just as obvious, Lobo is slowly reverting back to his 90's look and I love it. Maybe he just ran out of mousse, but he is really getting back to looking like a kick ass bastich!
If you thought it was cool that Lobo faced the Indigo Lanterns at the beginning of the issue, you might crap your pants when he goes against his next target...the Red Lanterns. Now this is another match made in hell and it lives up to the promise. Rankorr faces him and after yelling about rage and all that Red Lantern stuff, Lobo runs him through and takes his ring. WTF! I'll give Bunn and Barbiere full credit because this just got real. All bets are off the table and the issue ends with what is a dream come true for Red Lantern fans. I can't wait for the next chapter.
I'd say that there is no way you can know how impressed I am by this opening chapter, but I guess you can look at the score below and get the gist. This issue is what I've been waiting for from this book it's entire run. This is the Lobo that fans have been screaming for since the reboot and I hope at least some of them are still around to see him.
Robson Rocha's art is stellar as well. Even with three inkers, this book looks consistently great. I really can't say enough about it.
Bits and Pieces:
This issue begins the Sinestro Rising story arc and I couldn't have asked for a much better issue. It's got action, dark humor and even a game changing event thrown in as well. It's obvious how much I liked this issue and I hope that those looking to get more of the old Lobo feel out of this book at least give this issue a try.