Written by Bill Jemas and Tim Midura
on Friday, February 07 2014 and posted in Reviews
The Russian Bear vs The Devil Dwarf vs The Lobster!
Lobster Johnson returns in Lobster Johnson: Get The Lobster #1 from Dark Horse Comics! Co-written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, with art by Tonci Zonjic and colors by Dave Stewart, everyone’s favorite pulp crime fighter is back in this issue which features a great cover by Zonjic of The Lobster standing atop an overturned car with fire raging all around him.
A massive brawl breaks out during a boxing match at Madison Square Garden between The Russian Bear and The Devil Dwarf. The duo turn out to be running a scam and cause a ruckus in the Garden, which leads to a confrontation between the two and Lobster and his crew. Meanwhile, the city newspaper starts publishing an exposé titled, “Who Is The Lobster?.”
Although this issue is action-heavy, Mike Mignola and John Arcudi spend plenty of time world-building through subplots. Lobster spends his time fighting crime, while Cindy Tynan reveals him to the world and Harry McTell finds himself finally meeting Lobster’s crew. The dialogue is great as always, fitting the time period, and I got a kick out of the hecklers at the boxing match.
It’s been about a year and a half since Tonci Zonjic worked on a Lobster Johnson book, and it is well worth the wait. His linework is crisp and clean, allowing for great attention to detail and a full range of facial expressions. The full page spread of Harry arriving in The Lobster’s lair is a beauty. Dave Stewart, as always, uses a wide range of colors allowing each character to stand on his own, even in crowd scenes. One of my favorite aspects of comics is the use of onomatopoeia, and letterer Clem Robins does not disappoint with clever sound effects such as KEESH and SHHICK.
Lobster Johnson: Get The Lobster #1 is a perfect jumping on point for new readers. Spending equal time with fighting and storytelling, this adventure-pulp-crime tale has something for everyone! Plus, that last panel of The Devil Dwarf is wicked creepy.
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