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"Portrait of a Victim": The story begins with Lobo on a night on the town, window shopping at a weapons store. As he takes interest in the goods on sale, an obese and flamboyant alien is taking his dog out on a walk. As his dog pees on his leg, the alien joyfully excuses himself and hopes that t

Lobo: Portrait of a Victim #1 is a one-shot with a cover date of May, 1993.

Synopsis for "Portrait of a Victim"

The story begins with Lobo on a night on the town, window shopping at a weapons store. As he takes interest in the goods on sale, an obese and flamboyant alien is taking his dog out on a walk. As his dog pees on his leg, the alien joyfully excuses himself and hopes that there are no hard feelings. A panel later, Lobo has forgiven him- After shoving his dog up his posterior and stretching it to peer its head out of his mouth. Soon after, a zoom out of John Doe, one of Lobo's hapless victims, who lies in a hospital bed in a full body cast. Speaking to the audience, his doctor wonders if he is mentally hallucinating. After the check up, John is given time to fill out an insurance claim. He "remembers" how he ended up in the hospital bed; though claiming to be a hapless victim and a meek but mild citizen, John Doe is actually anything but. From the planet Czarnia, John Doe is a bumbling and hapless loser burnout, with a poor family of three in the overcrowded tenants of the city. After a fight with his wife, Tibia, over their living conditions, John meets with his friends, who reminisce about their "good ol' days" as a bunch of petty hoodlums. Convincing them that their youth hasn't left them yet, they go out on a night on the town, though a confrontation with the gun toting leader of the Aggro Gang shows them that the times are pretty much ahead of them. Eager to get drunk, they head on into bar, but not before they see The Main Man, Lobo, enjoying a drink at the head of the establishment. Quietly playing cards, it's not before long the Aggro Gang enters in and stirs up a large barfight, shooting up anyone who has a problem with them doing as they please. One bullet however shatters the Main Man's drink, and Lobo soon makes short work of the gang.

Hoping to finish up the rest of their round of drinks and head out before things get worse, Lobo comes on by and hopes to also join in on the their game. Soon enough, Lobo is nonplussed by their sheepish, if petty attempts to make small talk, jamming an ash tray down John Doe's throat in order to shut him up. Making his way to the bathroom, soon enough, things get worse as the brother of the leader Bernie, Big Bruce, rampages in and finds Bernie severely wounded on the floor. Pointing out that John's group was responsible for what happened, Bruce proceeds to rip out the ash tray from John's throat, before Lobo comes back and demands him to lay off, shoving it back into John's mouth again. Bruce comes at Lobo with his battle axe, hoping to decapitate him, but ends up cutting off Bernie's instead. Remarking that's it's not a pretty night for his family, Lobo steals away the battle axe, vivisecting and lodging the axe into Bruce's head. Hoping to play another round, John's friend is shaken by the events that have come around, irking Lobo to calm his nerves with placing his head at knife point, but is interrupted by his date, who has made a late entrance. Further irritated by her late appearance and exorbitant want to eat lobster, Lobo breaks into the bar's aquarium and gets a snatched lobster to pinch itself onto her nose, before throwing her into the tank. Saying adios to John's group, everyone decides to leave, before Lobo comes back to get his winnings.

As John finishes up his report, much to his horror, Lobo arrives to process his insurance claim. Reading over it, Lobo realizes who he is, and furiously denies his claim, stating that he deliberately stole and ran off with his winnings, prompting him to rough him up for theft. Though John pleads mercy, Lobo takes it as an opportunity to give a further lesson to one that will never learn and ferociously brutalizes him some more. As Lobo walks out, John is left on a last panel much worse for wear, talking down to viewers that find his pain and suffering as comedy.

Appearing in "Portrait of a Victim"

Featured Characters:

  • Lobo
  • John Doe (Single appearance)

Supporting Characters:

  • Randy (Single appearance)
  • Clyde (Single appearance)
  • Unnamed friend of John Doe (Single appearance)
  • Tibia (Single appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Big Bruce (Single appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

  • Nurse (Single appearance)
  • Oggy (Single appearance)
  • Latee (Single appearance)
  • Bernie (Single appearance; dies)

Locations:

  • Czarnia
    • John Doe's apartment
    • Cafe Bar
    • Hospital

Items:

  • Axe

Vehicles:

  • None




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