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‘Lobster Johnson: Satan Smells a Rat’ – Advance Comic Book Review

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Lobster Johnson Satan RatI love Lobster Johnson. It is a comic book with a silly premise that wholeheartedly embraces its roots. Lobster Johnson is an uncompromising superhero without powers fighting the supernatural in the ’30s. The comic can be either hilarious, good fun or dramatic and occasionally tragic. This issue is one of the more somber ones.

It’s Halloween and the ghouls in New York aren’t dressed in costume; they’re wearing a suit and tie. Lobster Johnson has discovered a sinister group with a surprising plan, and he aims to put a stop to them no matter what. This is a compelling, little story about a tiny conspiracy that comes under the scrutiny of the claw. What I love is that this issue is almost entirely told from the point of view of the villains. We see their motivations and slowly begin to fathom the depths of their plans in a chilling final act. There is a surprising amount of story in these 22 pages, because not one panel is wasted. There are a few splash panels, but each one is tied to a large reveal and acts as a visual “duhn-duuuhn!”

Kevin Nowlan’s art perfectly captures the mood and setting of a sinister New York. Mike Mignola and John Arcudi have done an incredible job of writing this one. They do a masterful job of doling out just enough information to keep the reader questioning everything until the big reveal. This is a great comic, but it is also a great suspense story. This is exactly what a one-shot should do.

Four and a Half Vengeful Crustaceans out of Five



Ben Rhodes, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor


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