Lobo’s trip to Krypton ends about as well as anyone expected – with the creation of a new force more dangerous than Superman.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Superman Vs. Lobo #2, on sale now from DC Comics.
There are very few things that can throw off the Main Man. Lobo is the type of guy that can go toe to toe with Superman and (potentially) walk away virtually unscathed. This hell-blazing bounty hunter is a force of nature all on his own, having wiped out his own near-indestructible species and going toe-to-toe with the most powerful beings in the cosmos. However, the Main Man may have met his match.
After the events of the previous issue, the Main Man and the Man of Steel have been sent to each other’s recently revived homeworlds in Superman Vs. Lobo #2 by Tim Seeley, Sarah Beattie, Mirka Andolfo, Arif Prianto and Fabio Amelia. Though both have unexpectedly pleasant times on each other planets, things soon turn sour pretty quickly.
Whilst he planned to destroy Krypton when he first arrived, Lobo soon sees that not everyone on the doomed planet is as passionately altruistic as his enemy, Superman. After their recent resurrection, many Kryptonians decided to change the way they lived and give in to their baser impulses – something the Main Man loves to do. Of course, that’s not the only thing they think differently about. To ensure their own survival, scientists Fel-Kar and Jan-S take Lobo’s plan of stealing other planets’ resources to heart – and they have a disastrous way to do it.
During the festivities, Jan-S secured some of Lobo’s genetic material and, with stolen technology from General Zod, Fel-Kar turned it into an army of Lobo clones. Having decided to strip neighboring worlds of their most valuable resources to ensure Krypton’s survival, what better way to steal and squash any resistance than with as many Lobos as they can get.
Fel-Kar believed that Lobo would be pleased they took his plan to heart, especially since their first target was the restored Czarnia, the homeworld he originally destroyed. There’s one thing he didn’t account for though – the fact that there’s only one Main Man. The feared bounty hunter kills the scientists, before traveling home to eliminate the pale imitations of himself.
Though they may not have the intelligence to live up to the standards of the original, their sheer force of numbers and regenerative abilities make them a serious force to be reckoned with together. Though Lobo could easily slice and dice through thousands at a time, their regenerative ability means that he barely gets anywhere when it comes to wiping out his clones. Even Superman has exploitable weaknesses, but this is an endless unwinnable battle.
In the end, it isn’t Lobo who defeats them. In fact, they were defeated before they were even created – they just didn’t know it. Jan-S is revealed to have been Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s own mother, the entire time. Jor-El sent her into Fel-Kar’s ranks to disrupt his chaotic plans. When she gave the scientist Lobo’s DNA, she made sure that they would have a weakness to Czarnia’s poisonous rain. When it started to pour, the entire clone army was neutralized.
The Lobo clones were easily defeated in the end, but that was only because their creation was rightly predicted as a disaster. The Main Man even needed a little bit of help when he fought them here. He would never ever ask for help, or even accept it, if he was going up against Superman, proving Lobo’s greatest enemy is himself.
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