We've already seen Lobo, the Main Man, in the pages of the New 52, right?
Wrong, says DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras. The character we saw before was an imposter, and the real Lobo, complete with a new slim redesign, is pissed.
"A ruthless killer, Lobo is on a quest to kill the man who has taken his name," Harras says in the latest "What's New in the New 52" column on the DC Comics blog.
While Rocafort initially went for a more traditional, brawny look, DC Comics settled on the new slender style to reflect his character as a "lean mean killing machine."
As for his story in the Villains Month special, Justice League #23.2: Lobo by Marguerite Bennet, Ben Oliver, Cliff Richards, and Daniel Brown, it will focus on the aforementioned hunt, and why this new model can be much scarier than the old, campy version.
"This Lobo is equal parts strong, vicious, and driven," said Harras. "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," concluded Harras, but the design DC landed on in the one at the very top. "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."
Here's a look at two unused Rocafort’s designs depicting a more traditional, brawnier Lobo.