Looking for a mystery to read for Spooktober? Don’t be afraid to dive into the Hellboy universe filled with horror and thrills. There are several series and characters in the universe. Today, let’s examine a story from “Lobster Johnson.” Lobster Johnson is a comic book vigilante that Hellboy grew up reading. Mike Mignola gave the vigilante his own series. The story we’re examining is the first issue of “The Burning Hand.”
It’s the early 1930s in the city of New York. A group of ghostly Indians are attacking people on the streets. They are even harming the cops of New York by scalping them and leaving them tied to street lamps. The Indians try to attack a couple, but they are saved by Lobster Johnson. Lobster Johnson kills the Indians, who aren’t ghosts. In fact, they’re men dressed as ghosts by using gray paint. The cops show up to investigate, who these guys are and why they are killing people. Writers John Arcudi and Mike Mignola set up the mystery of who are these guys working for and what’s their play. Arcudi and Mignola introduce new characters that will have a pivotal role in the story along with Lobster Johnson.
The art by Tonci Zonjic perfectly portrays a noir/pulpy environment for the setting. Dave Stewart’s colors bring these panels to life with bold colors and gloomy shadows. The colors are a minimalist approach that works terrific with colors being bold when they need to be.
Final evaluation – if you’re a fan of noir/crime stories, check out this book. Lobster Johnson is a pulpy superhero that delivers justice similarly to Batman and Punisher.
Overall rating: 4/5.