Superman vs Lobo #3
Written by Tim Seeley and Sarah Beattie
Art by Mirka Andolfo
Colors by Arif Prianto
Letters by Fabio Amelia
The Rundown: Superman and Lobo fight to defend Numen, but Lobo has a plan of his own.
Superman and Lobo discover the origins of the being known as Numen as they rocket through space to both escape a group of assassins and protect the energy that sustains him. With the two of them alone, both the Man of Steel and the Main Man can’t stop themselves from rehashing their simmering disgust with each other.
The trio make their way to a dark part of the universe where Numen reveals that it understands why the assassins are after it and why they have a right to their anger. Superman and Lobo find themselves battling the assassins that include the last survivors of a series of forgotten worlds. When Lobo decides to be himself, his selfishness creates a universe that could mean the end of Superman and his legacy.
The Story: Seeley and Beattie do a great job of injecting this story with heart and humor. I loved all the twists and turns that the story takes and all the thematic and narrative chances that it takes. The contrast of having Superman dealing with an anti-hero like Lobo continues to be interesting and I love that the writers push the character to his ethical and emotional limits when having to deal with Lobo. It’s a great story that is consistently fun.
The Art: Andolfo is one of my favorite artists and the style of the art is beautifully vibrant. The style is visually compelling and the characters look fantastic. The action is visually thrilling and the details pop off the page.