Written by: Cullen Bunn and Frank Barbiere
Art by: Robson rocha, Ruy Jose, Blond and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 4, 2015
While this book has been far from perfect, it has gotten better by leaps and bounds over the last handful of issues. Sure, having a cool crossover with Sinestro never hurts, but I think it's something else. Cullen Bunn finally let Lobo be Lobo. No generic teammates, no pseudo angst...just ass kicking Lobo. It's a shame because just as this book was becoming the book that Lobo fans would recognize and possibly enjoy, DC announced it's cancellation. So, what does Cullen Bunn have in store for the Main Man's swan song? Let's find out...
The issue opens with Lobo sneaking in the shadows on the fringes of civilization. That's the thing about being the whip...you end up going to where the money takes you and meeting (killing) so many interesting people. The scumbags in this issue are the worst of the worst...alien drug dealers who just happened to steal the product from the rightful owners. Yea, the "rightful owners" are scumbags too, but they're paying the bills, so Lobo gets down to business.
This was the high point of the issue. Lobo (and Robson Rocha) shine as two aliens are split in half and a bunch more are shot before Lobo has a face-to-face with one of the aliens and the drug itself. Red flags go off everywhere, however, as we see this alien practically melt away after accidentally ingesting the mysterious drug...the drug now coursing through Lobo's veins. Oh well, a jobs a job and even though his "employer" might be upset at the lost of product, he heads back to the Void Whisper with another notch in his belt.
He doesn't get far, however, before the drug starts showing it's power and effects. Lobo starts tripping like someone at Woodstock on brown acid and sees some heavy things, man. It all culminates in him thinking that the Countess is in his ship which naturally freaks him the hell out. It continues when he returns to home base.
While getting instructions on his next assignment from Kadra, Lobo starts tripping again. Next thing you know, he thinks the head of the Void Whisper is the Countess and tries to choke her out. Not good! Lobo does stop before doing any lasting damage, but Kadra sends out the order to capture the now fleeing Lobo and the fight is on.
The issue ends with some pretty cool (and bloody) battles and ends with Lobo declaring he's nobodies "Little Lobo" and to prove it, he's going after Hal Jordan. Okay, the ending may be forced and an instance of one plus one equaling five, but I am excited to see how it all plays out.
This issue was above average, but only slightly. It really felt like Cullen Bunn had to condense the next story arc into a couple of pages to setup the finale and the fight with Hal Jordan. It's a shame, because this issue was full of some awesome Lobo action and really continued the feeling of it getting back to the bastich that fans have been asking for. I will tell you this...I had fun reading this issue and that goes a long way with me. I am looking forward to the series finale next month.
Robson Rocha was the all-star of this book. His art was awesome whether he was giving us the disgustingly sexy Countess or various versions of Lobo. I loved it all.
Bits and Pieces:
While I understand why this issue felt so rushed and forced, it still was both. However, Cullen Bunn continued getting this book closer to the Lobo book that most fans wanted which makes it more of a shame that this was the series penultimate issue. In the end, the issue had great art and enough of a story to get me excited for next month when it all ends with Lobo going up against the Renegade, Hal Jordan.