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The Authority vs. Lobo: Spring Break Massacre

Posted: Friday, July 8, 2005
By: Michael Deeley

Writers: Keith Giffen (plot), Alan Grant (script)
Artists: Simon Bisley (p), Henry Flint (i)

Publisher: DC Comics/Wildstorm

The Authority realize that Lobo is still loose in their reality, (see The Authority vs. Lobo: Jingle Hell). Jenny figures heís looking for the Easter Bunny to pay him for whacking Santa Clause. They find the reality Lobo came from and find it ruled by the power-mad Easter Bunny. Meanwhile, Lobo tortures and eats his way through innocent creatures before driving into a black hole.

With all due respect to Simon Bisley, his work looks better when inked by someone else. Henry Flintís inks make Bisleyís pencils easier to look at. Thereís a greater depth too and more rich variety of detail.

And the creative team does go out of its way to make the Authority look terrible. Swift looks like a whore, the Doctor is a useless hippy stoner, and Midnighterís running around without pants. Anything that makes these arrogant S.O.B.ís look like the headcases they really are is okay in my bible.

The ending made me laugh out loud. Lobo massacres an entire planet to the ridiculous and self-aware caption boxes provided by the writers. This is the Lobo of old, of Paramilitary X-Mas, Convention Special, and Infantcide. This is unrestrained, ridiculous violence too horrifying to be funny, yet too extreme to be offensive.

So with all that going for it, why am I giving it less than ? For starters, Lobo is played for a dummy. Heís easily lied to by a rabbit and a two-headed freak. Heís ultimately used as a pawn in the Authorityís plan to get rid of him and take out the Easter Bunny. It hurts the Main Manís image. Second, thereís too much story. Lobo is at his best when the writers (preferably Giffen, or Grant, or both) let loose with the blood, sight gags, bad puns, pop-culture references, and basically being Tank Girl with testosterone. Things like story, continuity, and character just hold the dude back. Thatís what I expect from a Lobo comic. We only get about 8 pages of that in this 48-page comic. Thatís not what I paid $5 for. And thatís the biggest strike against this book; it just didnít feel like $5 worth of entertainment. $3 sure, but not more than $3.50.

So if you liked the last Authority vs. Lobo, or if you miss the Lobo of old, try to get this issue cheap. Maybe you have a shop like mine thatíll sell some recent back issues at half-off cover price. Maybe you could trade in some comics for credit. Or maybe dropping 5 dollars on a comic isnít a big deal for you. In any case, try not to pay full price for this one. Itís good, but not that good.

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