Lobster Johnson #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Mike Mignola & John Arcudi
Art by Tonci Zonjic
My name is Harry McCall and I live in 1934 New York. My night started out normal enough, checked in with my assistant about possible leads for a side business that I do, head to a wrestling event at “The Garden,” and that’s were my side business got a lead. See, during one of the matches, the wrestlers kill the ref and start killing people there. Luckily for me, they only had one gun. Unluckily for me, there were two of them and the second one knocked me out and gave me a concussion. When I come to, I’m heading to the underground base of The Lobster who helps stop people like those wrestlers and find out why they went nuts.
The art was solid in this offering. It was dark and gritty. It helped you feel the time and world that the story took place in. This includes the cover which does draw you in. Now the writing was solid it told the story but I think the characters could have had more of an accent considering this is 1934 New York. Paneling was the standard squares. In this story, it could have had a few different forms and, I think, would have worked.
I know what I say about #1 issues, the same goes for this one. But I think there could have been more to introduce us to all the characters that are in this story. Or at least some back story to start us off. This book did not have that. I did enjoy reading it and see potential in where this can go, but something more could have been there. In my humble opinion, I’m going to say read this one in the store, when the second one comes out judge then to buy both. I give this 3.5 caps out of 5.