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Japanese Espionage and The Chinatown Murders: Lobster Johnson Get The Lobster #3!

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Postby LOLtron » Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:26 pm

Japanese Espionage and The Chinatown Murders: Lobster Johnson Get The Lobster #3!

The Lobster fears no traps!

Lobster Johnson returns in Lobster Johnson: Get The Lobster #3! From Dark Horse Comics, co-written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, with colors by Dave Stewart and with Tonci Zonjic on art and cover duties, this issue sports an unemotional Lobster standing just inside of a bank vault on its cover.
Reporter Cindy Tynan is being interrogated by the police in connection to Lobster Johnson leaving her newspaper offices, while The Devil Dwarf has escaped his holding cell under mysterious circumstances. Explosions are going off over the entire city, and although The Lobster may have insider information, he might still be entering a trap.
Mike Mignola and John Arcudi divide the book nearly evenly between sheer exposition and relentless action. It’s an interesting choice to have the criminals map out their whole plan on a scale-city immediately preceeding the actual plan. The misdirection regarding Cindy’s pirate book was great, and it was nice exploring a touch of history of the city involving the bootleggers. 
All of the pages are either a four-or-five-panel layout, allowing Tonci Zonjic to stay consistent, with enough room to mix up the pages, creating a frenetic pace in the frenzy. There’s a beautiful full-page spread by Zonjic and Dave Stewart of The Lobster surrounded by insets of bank heists at various stages, with The Lobster shaded in pure red. Letter Clem Robins gets to strut his stuff during the bank heists with plenty of BWHOOOMs and TATATATs for the explosions and the tommy guns, respectively.
My favorite panel is of Lobster Johnson walking away from a pile of dead gangsters, while his Claw calling-cards float down all over them. I’m curious to see how The Devil Dwarf and The Russian Bear affect the story from here on out, and with the change in police protocol, I can’t wait to see how Lobster Johnson gets out of this mess!

Written or Contributed by Tim Midura


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