Justice League #23.2

Event\Storyline: Villains Month Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artist: Ben Oliver Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 11, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 6
6.9Critic Rating
6.3User Rating

Deep in the dark corridors of space lives a black-hearted being of unimaginable power. He's witnessed horrors beyond description and committed unparalleled evils. In all of history, no being has ever been capable of as much chaos and terror as this lone individual. This is the story of the man called Lobo. He's coming. And he's bringing all of hell with him.

  • 10
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Sep 14, 2013

    Wow! This issue was a fantastic ride. Not knowing much about Lobo I wasn't sure what to expect from this Vamp (Metal Gear Solid) look-alike. Great part about it, you don't really need to know abou him to appreciate this issue. The way he talks, the art in the book, the content".loved it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Alison Berry Sep 13, 2013

    There you have it: new Lobo, very different from the old Lobo, but still very Lobo. The story set up at the end of the book even allows the reader to enjoy the best of both Czarnians. It also left me desperate for more, so Id really appreciate it if DC Comics would let Bennett and Oliver reunite for a Lobo mini-series in 2014. I have a MIGHTY NEED to see just how rough this guy can get. I do have one requirement: Space Dolphins. (Sorry.) (Not sorry.) Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Henry Varona Sep 12, 2013

    That being said, I really hope that people check out this issue. I know that there has been plenty of controversy over the re-design of Lobo. Between the Rocafort re-design and the untested writing of Marguerite Bennett, many will stay away from this book on principle alone. I implore you, this issue is worth your time. Marguerite Bennett is an incredible up-and-coming talent that radically reinvents Lobo for the modern era. If the original Lobo was a parody of everything that was the 80"s and 90"s, sexy Lobo is a parody of the sleak and slim pretty boys of today. And he looks damn good doing it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 17, 2013

    There are suggestions that a greater revamp is at work with this oft-caricaturized icon, but this is not the revolution you're looking for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Sep 11, 2013

    This one completely took me by surprise and I rather enjoyed it. The 3D cover is cool as frag and the twist ending alone is worth picking this up and if you don’t like well bite me fan-boys!!! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 11, 2013

    Welcome to the New 52 Lobo. Just when we thought we knew who the character was, we discover that wasn't the case. With new true Lobo, Marguerite Bennett has the task of introducing him to us and showing us what he's about while telling a compelling story at the same time. Ben Oliver takes the redesigned take on this Lobo and makes it work in a cool sci-fi setting. This may not be the Lobo we knew or the one we asked for but Bennett definitely makes the changes intriguing. We'll have to wait to see where this Lobo, or the other one, will turn up next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Sep 21, 2013

    After reading this issue the question, Why? is still left flying around. Was this character change/introduction necessary when the new Lobo is mostly akin to the impostor Lobo? In some close-up scenes they actually look alike! The only reason I can think of this change is that DC are hoping to reach a new market at the expense of the old, granted that some people do not actually enjoy Lobo. This origin story is passable and the art is good, but seeing as it is considered as being a Villain month one shot, this whole concept seems unnecessary. Lets look forward to the two Lobos confronting each other and may the best bastiche win! Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 11, 2013

    For better or worse, the new Lobo doesn't fall far from the tree. Fans of the character can take comfort in that fact, but anyone who didn't care for the old bastich before probably won't be won over by this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 11, 2013

    Much more rich than the parody of the parody that Lobo (as we know him) has become since his introduction in "Omega Men" #3 way back in 1983, this character is someone who has a story to share. He's just as much a ruthless bastich, but the twist Bennett throws in, combined with the supple artwork from Oliver and company makes Lobo a character I'm now much more interested in. Score one for the Villains Month gimmick. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 11, 2013

    But as I've said before, this comic also is missing something. An essential spark, a new direction in the storytelling that shows readers there's a plan for this character. Part of that problem comes from this being a one-shot, and not only that, but it's a one-shot that might not even be tied to the greater Justice League story - if this issue is any indication, Lobo's story could really go into any Earth-bound DC title. Is this a story about a space biker? Is this going to be an entree into a more esoteric space opera? Why do we care about Lobo? In that regard, Bennett and company don't succeed, and that's what keeps this comic as more of a surface-level victory rather than a grand slam. Justice League #23.2: Lobo doesn't crash and burn, but it doesn't shoot for the stars, either. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Crux - Chris Lear Sep 17, 2013

    I still think it was a great deal of fun and I want more. Because if I can see more of what happened in that first double-page spread, I will send DC my money right now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Sep 12, 2013

    I wouldn't say this is a perfect comic book, but Justice League 23.2 is something different that gives an old character a new life for what I believe is the better. I'd suggest giving this new Lobo a shot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 11, 2013

    Then again, it could turn out this new Lobo is full of crap, and the "impostor" is going to hand him his ass. Time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Sep 12, 2013

    So get used to him. Because like it or not, he's going to be around for at least a few more comics until they tie up this particular loose end. Sure, it's not worth the extra dollar for the fancy cover (save yourself the buck), but it's actually still written like Lobo, just with a different look. So get over yourselves if you're a huge Lobo fan boy and have faith in the Powers That Be over at DC Entertainment to deliver a gritty and humorous tale of ultra-violence and ridiculousness when the two Lobos finally meet. I'll be there to see which one dies and how much drama that stirs. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Sep 19, 2013

    Story wise, it's pretty straight forward. This new Lobo, much like the one we're used to is picking up bounties that take him across the universe. His latest mission is escorting special “cargo”. Unfortunately, there wasn't much to the story that made it all that special until the end, when we see how the original Lobo is included in this issue. I'm not sure where or when this story will pick up next, but it did have me intrigued to see which Lobo will come out on top, and who will end up being the “Main Man”. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 11, 2013

    Ben Oliver and Cliff Richards deliver pretty standard sci-fi art. There’s some whimsy to the pencils, the kind that would grace the cover of pulp sci-fi books. Nothing here is spectacular, but it does the job. A bit more imagination in the aliens would have helped; they’re pretty by-the-numbers. It’s clear the focus here is the new Lobo, but attention to the rest of the characters would have been a bonus. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 14, 2013

    The new Lobo is unremarkable. He's definitely not the skinny, prissy, Twilight-esque creature from the images posted online. Instead, he's a generic tough guy space bounty hunter. There is nothing special or unique about this new Lobo, not like the badass biker persona of the original. The new Lobo is as generic as they come, and that's a big problem. Why go through all the trouble to create him if he's going to be so boring? Did they really hate the biker Lobo that much? So yeah, unless you love tough guy space bounty hunters with zero personality, the new Lobo is nothing to get worked up over. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Sep 12, 2013

    Lobo may call himself the Main Man,but he isn't mine. Marguerite Bennett has piqued my interest slightly, but this issue was just too thin on answers to recommend.  If the story continues in a regular monthly or as a backup I may be more interested.  As it stands here, all but the most die hard fans can pass and not miss much at all. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Sep 18, 2013

    The issue ends with a “The End” followed by a question mark. Just say NO, DC. You've made a stand out character utterly generic. This looks great but reads as far below average. Read Full Review

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