One of DC’s most popular characters from the 90s, Lobo has been redesigned for the New 52.  Shedding his bulky frame and space-biker image, the new Lobo has a slimmer frame and a slightly goth appearance.

The new version of this interstellar mercenary and bounty hunter debuts as part of the ‘Necessary Evil’ crossover, taking over the Justice League’s book in ‘Justice League’ #23.2.

Oddly, however, Lobo has already appeared in the New 52, in a form that more closely resembled his “classic” look.  DC’s Bob Harras states that that will play part of Lobo’s story.

“A ruthless killer, Lobo is on a quest to kill the man who has taken his name.”  The slimmer frame is explained as intended to reflect that he is a “lean mean killing machine.”

Harras goes on to reveal:

This Lobo is equal parts strong, vicious, and driven. 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.

Check out the new, improved (?) Lobo as designed by Kenneth Rocafort:

I have a feeling long-term fans won’t be pleased by these changes!  Here are two additional designs, which more closely resemble the classic style, which DC passed on:

Do you think it’s a good idea for DC to give Lobo a makeover?  Do you like the leaner Lobo or would you prefer a more muscular take?  Leave a comment below!

Sources Blastr, Newsarama