"Reservoir Mooks": A band of desperate armed robbers gather on a rooftop in Space City Robinson, anxious, knowing the notorious bounty hunter Lobo is on their trail. One robber suggests they head for a frontier planet in the Rimworlds, but Big Mig informs them there's no
- I don't believe it! Not only did he save my life -- but this is the first time he's ever been in here without wrecking the place!
- — Al
Synopsis for "Reservoir Mooks"
A band of desperate armed robbers gather on a rooftop in Space City Robinson, anxious, knowing the notorious bounty hunter Lobo is on their trail. One robber suggests they head for a frontier planet in the Rimworlds, but Big Mig informs them there's nowhere they can hide since Lobo has their scent. The same robber questions the validity of the stories about Lobo, and Bob chimes in, having read Lobo: The Unauthorised Biography while in prison.
- Czarnia was a paradise, a utopian society for thousands of year, until the birth of Lobo. As soon as he was born, the infant bit his nurse before killing the doctor with his own scalpel. Doctors tried to determine what caused this unnatural, violent behaviour, only to conclude that he was "just an evil little bastard." When only a few years old, Lobo decided he hated everyone else and did everything he could to set himself apart from the other Czarnians. His metal makeover led to forming his own band, "Th' Main Man an' th' Several Scum-Buckets," which he killed during a performance at the Battle of the Bands, along with the judges and audience. He loved heavy metal so much that he forced a surgeon to implant a micro-radio directly into the audio lobes of his brain, so he could listen to it permanently at all times.
Even more disturbed than before, the jumpy crooks open fire at the slightest noise of a rodent creeping past. Another bandit asks why Lobo's called, "the last Czarnian" if there's a whole planet of them. Bob corrects him, saying there was a planet full them.
- Over time, Lobo's style and interests weren't enough to distinguish him from everyone else anymore. He created his own biological weapon, a plague of tiny, flying, scorpion-like insects that were venomous to everyone but himself. He set them loose on Czarnia, starting with his own professor. The toxin caused swelling and paralysis, but would then take five agonising days to kill the victim. Lobo got drunk and played guitar while the genocide of his own race claimed five billion lives.
A horrified member proposes they bribe Lobo with their haul, but Bob rejects this idea as Lobo's code of honour wouldn't allow it. Young Johnny Old, openly regrets taking on the job, but Big Mig defiantly states he knocked Lobo out once and he can do it again, and this time finish the job. Bob isn't so sure, as he understands Lobo to be practically immortal. He recalls how Lobo has fought Superman and killed Santa Claus. How he can recover from almost any injury, and could even generate clones. Maybe even still can, after the unknown outcome of Planet Kannit, stemming from Vril Dox's manipulations.
The pressure gets to Johnny and he dives off the roof like a madman. The others hear a loud "CHONK" followed by a short scream. Now even Big Mig has lost his nerve, and rhetorically asks how they got themselves into this situation.
- Big Mig and his gang burst into Al's Diner thinking it was Bunsen's Bounty, and brandishing a gun in Al's face, demanded that "Bunsen" hand over all his cash. Lobo, witnessing the bungled job, uncharacteristically informed them of their mistake before escorting them to the bounty agency personally, leaving Al's intact! Of course Lobo only wanted to witness his skinflint employer get robbed, but when Derv and Pedro tried to take his wallet too, Lobo eviscerated them with one slash of his hook. Big Mig knocked the troublemaker unconscious with his hammer from behind, and the fugitives made their getaway. Their excitement was short lived when they heard over the radio that the stranger they assaulted was none other than Lobo.
They hold their fire as Johnny emerges, struggling back onto the roof after being shot, stabbed and tortured, dragging a bomb strapped to his wrist. The thieves scatter, allowing Lobo to ride in on his hog and gun a few down before finishing the rest off in hand to hand combat. Lobo throws a knife into Bob's skull, leaving Big Mig for last, beating him to death with his own hammer.
Lobo strolls into Al's Diner for booze after his big score, mentioning only one bandit managed to slip away, but Johnny was in a pretty bad state, not to mention still having bomb chained to him. He cusses as he sees Johnny sitting in the very next booth, trying to disarm the explosive with a fork. Lobo informs him that the plasteek has an anti-tamper sensor, and once more Al's Diner is reduced to rubble upon detonation.
Appearing in "Reservoir Mooks"
- Lobo (Flashback and main story)
- Big Mig (Only appearance; dies)
- Bob (Only appearance; dies)
- Young Johnny Old (Only appearance; dies)
- Derv (Only appearance; dies)
- Pedro (Only appearance; dies)
- Superman (Flashback only)
- Kris "Crusher" Kringle (Dies in flashback)
- Santa's Elves (Dies in flashback)
- L.E.G.I.O.N. (Mentioned only)
- Vril Dox (Flashback only)
- Bunsen (Flashback only)
- Czarnians (Flashback only; all die in global genocide)
- Lobo's Nurse (Dies; presumably during genocide)
- The Main Man and the Several Scum-Buckets (Lobo's Band; die pre-genocide)
- Professor (Dies; first genocide victim)
- Space City Robinson (Flashback and main story) (First appearance of name)
- Czarnia (Flashback only)
- Maternity Ward (Flashback only)
- "Battle of the Bands" Festival (Flashback only)
- Class Laboratory
- Weiner University (Mentioned only)
- Cairn (Flashback only)
- Planet Kannit (Flashback only)
- Fort Impregnable (Flashback only)
- Asteroid-9 Prison (Mentioned only)
- M.C. Hammer
- Pig Farm Ooisky
- Lug Beer
- Lobo's micro-radio
- Czarnian Plague Insects
- Lobo: The Unauthorised Biography (Mentioned only)
- In October of 1994, all of the existing mainstream DC Comics titles released a special "0" issue to coincide with the Zero Hour crossover event. The purpose of the "0" issue was to reveal a previously unknown aspect of the title character's background. DC Titles under the Vertigo imprint were largely unaffected by Zero Hour and thus, no "0" issue specials were published for them.
- Lobo appeared last in Lobo (Volume 2) #9. He appears next in Lobo (Volume 2) #10.
- Big Mig uses a stone hammer with the initials "M.C." engraved on it. A gag referring to M.C. Hammer.
- This incarnation of Lobo's Spacehog has "Sonya" written on it.
- This is the first mention of the name, Space City Robinson, the satellite spaceport where Al's Diner and Bunsen's Bounty are located.
- Lobo's micro-radio implant is later transferred to Neron in Lobo (Volume 2) #22.
- Lobo Annual (Volume 2) #3
- Lobo Recommended Reading
- Batman/Lobo: Deadly Serious (Volume 1)
- Bob, the Galactic Bum (Volume 1)
- Lobo (Volume 1)
- Lobo (Volume 2)
- Lobo: A Contract on Gawd (Volume 1)
- Lobo: Death and Taxes (Volume 1)
- Lobo: Highway to Hell (Volume 1)
- Lobo: Infanticide (Volume 1)
- Lobo/Mask (Volume 1)
- Lobo's Back (Volume 1)
- Lobo: Unamerican Gladiators (Volume 1)
- Lobo Unbound (Volume 1)
- Lobo (One-Shots)
Links and References
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