Unamerican Gladiators.

I was never the world’s biggest Lobo fan, but boy did I get a kick out of this one as a teenager…

Unamerican Gladiators. In which L.E.G.I.O.N. head honcho Vril Dox decides to unearth the corruption behind the Maim Game, a televised, winner take all death match, by tricking Lobo into entering. So we get 4 issues of the Main Man dodging death traps and competing with (and maiming) a bunch of whacked out ridiculous teams. Like a family of body builders (all of whom are so muscle bound they can barely move) a lost and confused Army platoon, and a team of humanoid flies. Several of the concepts and characters for the book were taken straight out of the long underappreciated DC 12 issue miniseries Outcasts, which was written and drawn by the same creative team as U.G.

Suicide Park, the trio of “Killer” Kowalski, B.D. Rickenbacker, and the “immortal” Yancy Queeg (a corpse B.D. carries around in a bucket… long story)… even the Maim Game concept itself has it’s roots in the Outcasts series. Oh, and let’s not forget the Satan Brothers…

Love those guys. Such great heels.

Cover art by Mike Mignola, of Hellboy fame.

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