For the past days, the internet has made their voice known about their disappointment about the change to Lobo’s design. As most would have said, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. What fans saw was not Lobo and to be clear, it is NOT. The writer for Lobo come this September 11th, Marguerite Bennett has been at the front seat of the backlash and now has taken the time to defend her work and clarify her part in this.
Set to debut in September during “Villains Month” is the “new” Lobo. Who is meant to affirm himself as the true Lobo, with the classic version turning out to be an imposter. To make it simple, Lobo hasn’t been redesigned, he’s been replaced. So you can “possibly” expect to see a clash between the “real” Lobo you disdain, and the one you have come to love up to this point.
This is what Bennet had to say on her Tumblr account:
Dear Internet (which has called me some very unendearing names today),
I was not in charge of the Lobo redesign. Ben Oliver was not in charge of the Lobo redesign.
I wrote my script, and after it was completed, I was shown what the new character would look like.
For the record, the images you’ve seen—Ken Rocafort’s design and Aaron Kuder’s cover—are not what Lobo actually looks like in the book. I respectfully disagree with the decision to release that image.
When you go to get your comics on Wednesday, Sept 11, before you buy it (if you buy it), pick up Lobo and read the first four pages.
You can hate me by Page Two.
But if I do not have your attention by Page Four, you don’t have to read something of mine ever again.
So is it her fault? Not at all, but the blame goes to DC and their creative team on this one. If you’re reading this then give her a chance, give Ben Oliver a chance and wait till the book is released before they are to recieve the wost of this backlash. The problem is this whole thing is so confusing and poorly handled. The statement on DC’s website is pretty clear:
“There was a lot of thought put into how THE REAL LOBO should look. Kenneth Rocafort’s various interpretations blew us away, but the design we landed on as THE FINAL CHOICE is the last one in the above gallery.”
This is what threw off the fans and put Marguerite Bennett in this position.