There isn’t a broader story or subtle arc connecting these stories, but that’s not really a problem. This series excels at one-shots. The action is some of the best I’ve seen, and the balance of humor and horror is phenomenal. I won’t give any spoilers, but the unkillable witch with the deadly monkeys is just perfect. That particular issue is a wonderful take on The Wizard of Oz, with a few twists that are worth the wait. There is also the bit in the issue about the horrible melting men, where Lobster Johnson breaks a vital tool of destruction and yells (unironically) “Justice!” This is a book that is not afraid to be silly.
Aside from the humor, compelling horror, and terrific action scenes, one of my favorite parts of this series is that we never waste any time getting to know the man under the costume. I don’t know where he lives, what he does for money, or if he suffers from male-pattern baldness. I just know that he kicks tail. Like a lobster. Lobster tail. (Ed. - Ben, you’re fired. Finish this essay without any more jokes, and I’ll pay you for this review.)
In short, if you like The Rocketeer or Indiana Jones, you will love Lobster Johnson. The action, comedy, and horror elements all add up to a marvelous comic that is well worth your time.
Five Crayfish of Justice out of Five