Lobo has always been one of DC’s most interesting characters. Starting his life as a generic space bounty hunter in Giffen and Slifer’s Omega Men #3 way back in 1983, but did not stay that way for very long. Over time, the character got more humorous, more over the top and more outrageous. Lobo as most people know him came into form with Bisley and Grant’s ‘Lobo: The Last Czarnian’ miniseries, solidifying his backstory and placing him firmly as the premier parody character of the 1990s. Brash, rude and ultraviolent, Lobo was meant to be a parody of the dark excesses of 90s comics, drawing from the likes of Wolverine, Cable and the Punisher as influences. Over time, Lobo became a popular character in his own right, appealing to both fans of the parody and fans of the characters he was designed to parody. He existed within the DC Universe, but was a true wildcard, allowed to do pretty much whatever the writers wanted him to do for the sake of a laugh. Lobo destroyed his home planet for fun, has been kicked out of both heaven and hell, eaten a different planet, gone toe-to-toe with Superman, killed Father Christmas and the Easter Bunny and been declared Pope of the Space Dolphins.
I am going to say two controversial things about myself. Firstly, I have never been overly fond of the Batfamily. Secondly, I was not a fan of Gail Simone’s run on Batgirl. The first of these is down to Batman’s overall overexposure. While there are elements related to Batman I enjoy (Batwoman), I tire of the side titles getting pulled into Batman’s story and the brooding Mary Sue often bores me unless very well written. The second is just a matter of taste. After reading the first six issues of Gail Simone’s run, I found the tone dour, the villain lackluster and Batgirl herself a little overwritten and silted. I was very ready to never read a Batgirl comic again.