Friday, May 25, 2018 • Evening Edition • "Comics: we give a crap!"

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

Written by Tim Midura on Thursday, April 03 2014 and posted in Reviews

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!


Help spread the word, loyal readers! Share this story on social media:

Comment without an Outhouse Account using Facebook

We get it. You don't feel like signing up for an Outhouse account, even though it's FREE and EASY! That's okay. You can comment with your Facebook account below and we'll take care of adding it to the stream above. But you really should consider getting a full Outhouse account, which will allow you to quote posts, choose an avatar and sig, and comment on our forums too. If that sounds good to you, sign up for an Outhouse account by clicking here.

Note: while you are welcome to speak your mind freely on any topic, we do ask that you keep discussion civil between each other. Nasty personal attacks against other commenters is strongly discouraged. Thanks!
Help spread the word, loyal readers! Share this story on social media:

About the Author - Tim Midura

Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

More articles from Tim Midura
The Outhouse is not responsible for any butthurt incurred by reading this website. All original content copyright the author. Banner by Ali Jaffery - he's available for commission!