Mind you, I don’t really care about Lobo (for those wondering, he’s a …rather unique… DC character). But clearly Kelly Turnbull does.
A design DC reported was the New And Improved Lobo that basically amounted to Nightwing with fish barbels painted at the corners of his mouth made the rounds a few days ago to extreme internet backlash resulting in a great deal of backpedalling on DC’s part and the author claiming that the design DC posted was not in fact her Lobo, assuring people he would be much bigger and uglier in the comic.
Of course she’s also said; “My goal for him was to make him less comically hyper-masculine and more focused. He’s still vicious, still savage and still entirely immoral, but I wanted a gravity out of the character. When he showed up, I didn’t want him walking away from explosions and smoking a cigar. When he shows up, I want people to feel like, ‘This is it. This is the end.’” Which kind of says to me she doesn’t really understand what people are taking issue with. The redesign isn’t the issue, Lobo’s been redesigned a million times. He’s been a skinny kid, he’s been a woman, he’s been a squirrel, he’s been a duck, he’s been an android (he was a poorly received serious character when he started out), the problem is the idea that they’re promising to take the hypermasculine comedy out of a hypermasculine satire character. That’s like saying you like the Venture Brothers but wish it didn’t have all those pesky jokes and parodies in it.
I think that comics companies need to accept something. They can legitimately expect that people be allowed to take comics seriously, as in treating comics as legitimate art – which comics are, in fact. But comics are never going to be respectable. And the people that look down their noses so at a standard Mark One Lobo are also the people who wouldn’t buy the ‘updated,’ ‘edgier’ Lobo if you put a gun to their head. So this is one case where you might as well just Embrace the Cheese.