Writers: Mark Mignola & John Arcidi
Artists: Troy Nixey & Kevin Nowlan
If you're familiar with Mike Mignola
-created comic books, or "The Mignolaverse" for the uninitiated, you know Lobster Johnson
... everyone's favorite gun-toting, be-goggled 1930s crime-stopper.
Old Lobster returned for what can be summarized as this "Christmas in July" one-off, a quick story with the titular character chasing down a crew of criminals and their hostage, a department-store Santa.
The story's perspective comes from said Santa, a narrator who definitely is unreliable, but we still see Lobster doing all the things that Lobster does... mostly, finding the bad guys, and then putting holes in them. The actual tale being told here is pretty humdrum. The true selling point for the issue, meanwhile, is the return of artist Kevin Nowlan
to the Mignolaverse. He penned the first and last pages of the issue. Troy Nixey
was the artist for the rest of the issue. As a writer, I generally lean more toward story than art but in this case the images upstage the tale being told. It becomes clear almost immediately that our villains are no match for Lobster.
If you're a big Nowlan fan, or you just want to get a sample of what Lobster Johnson is about, I recommend checking out this issue. However, one word of warning... don't go into it expecting to learn a lot about the Lobster Johnson character.
Side note... if they ever do make a Hellboy 3
, can we put Lobster Johnson's ghost in the script? And cast Bruce Campbell to play said specter? Just a suggestion.