Advance Review of
Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1

TITLE: LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE BURNING HAND 1
WRITERS: MIKE MIGNOLA, JOHN ARCUDI
ARTIST: TONCI ZONJIC
COLORS: DAVE STEWART

I’m gonna get a 3 Stooges-style poke in the eyes for this, but as much as I love looking at Mike Mignola’s abyss of ink, I…no, wait. I should rephrase that in a less awkward way. Umm..I like his art. But as much as I like his art, and because of that, feel that I should like Hellboy as a comic…I just don’t. I find Hellboy borderline boring and despite my many attempts to like it, I put it down and read something else. I know I’m the minority with regards to this, but tough-titty-toenails for me, the cheese sits alone.

I’m not sure what Lobster Johnson has to do with Hellboy, or what his deal is, exactly, but much like Orangina, this issue was a perfect blend of crisp, pulpy goodness. Our man LobJohn has so little face time in this issue, he’s more apparition than man, but his presence is felt throughout, if only in anticipation. Native American ghosts, prohibition-era Mobsters, a sassy reportstress with fantastic gams,  and a man cloaked in shadow who’s only line is “NEIN”? These are the ingredients to a well-crafted mystery…fondue? Omelette? Mystery..Lasagna! Well, whatever your favorite food, this is it. As long as you like the ingredients above, I suppose.

And the art! Tonci Zonjic does a stellar job here. Despite a sparsity of  detail, every emotion is felt, every action realized, and without the “laugh-track” of the sequential art world: speed-lines. Let’s face it, it’s no easy task to draw an action scene without a series of perspective forced lines to indicate motion, while keeping the panels from feeling static or stagnant. *coughcoughAlexMaleevcough*

Now the question remains, am I going to enjoy Lobster Johnson’s character once I discover more about him, or if I’m just into the mystery presented, but I’m certainly excited to see more of him.  Well-written, beautifully illustrated in a classic style and it’s got me hungry for more. Well played LobJohn…well played.


When not hosting the PopTards Podcast, fist-bumping his own nethers, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam here, JD is graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, hanging with the @$$holes over atwww.aintitcoolnews.com and Booking his Face off over here. He is also now co-hosting another Comic Book discussion show on Party934.com alongside Bohdi Zen. They discuss comics and play music, check it out live every Saturday from 4-5pm.

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4 Comments to “Advance Review of
Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1”

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  1. Kire says:

    This saddens me. Not that LobJohn is good, but that you don’t really care for Hellboy. Yes, Mignola is great but Arcudi is the most under- appreciated writer in the business. BPRD is a work of brilliance.

    The Lobster Johnsion stuff is fluff. Sort of a break from the horror and severity of HB and BPRD. I’m glad that you liked. Cause if a nonfan enjoyed it that speaks volumes.

  2. JD (Host) says:

    Yeah, sorry. I haven’t actually given BPRD a shot yet…is there a trade you recommend? I’ll give it a go.

  3. Mark Mackner says:

    Did you ever read “The Amazing Screw-On Head”? It was a one-shot Mignola did years ago. It was absolute fucking BRILLIANCE. I dig Hellboy, but The Amazing Screw-On Head was my favorite original work of Mignola’s. Of the ones that I’ve read, anyway. I’m gonna have to go home and dig that one up.

  4. JD (Host) says:

    actually, no i haven’t..i’ve heard really good things about it though..i’ll have to check that out as well!
    wasn’t there an animated version too?

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