Review of Lobster Johnson #5 (of 5)

by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Tonci ZonJic, and Dave Stewart

A fitting end to another great romp with the Lobster.

Lobster Johnson and his crew catch the last surviving criminals of the current arc. It proves to be an interesting chase and compelling enough to fill the 22+ pages.

This mini has proven the price of admission 3 times over in my mind, slowly moving the Lobster’s tale forward while giving him plenty of criminals to hunt and shoot. It’s been pulp fun in every sense of the word. Although the cover is somewhat misleading, very little of this issue is set in the daytime; much less the main action.

I cannot say enough about Tonci’s art, it is perfect for this mini and the era itself. Doc Savage would be so lucky to be drawn by this guy, instead a homage created by Mignola gets drawn in all his glory by Zonjic’s confident and expressive lines.  Nothing feels off, or out of place. Stewart is himself a stalwart component of the Mignolaverse; complementing the pencilers despite so many having different styles.

It’s hard to estimate someone’s joy just jumping in on the final act of this mini. If you’ve been patiently following “Get the Lobster” then you’ve no doubt been pleased by the twists and turns its taken. By itself this is a fun chase book about a Pulp hero going after an evil scientist. I cannot wait for the next mini to see what Mignola and Arcudi reveal about the Lobster or the depraved villain he faces next.

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent.

2 thoughts on “Review of Lobster Johnson #5 (of 5)”

  1. That is a fun looking cover. It bleeds pulp.

    I’m about to begin this arc. I hear they add depth of layers to Lobster’s “personality”, so that he’s not so single noted. You can only say “Justice” so many times while beating down goons before it gets old. 😉

    1. I’ve never had a problem with Lobster’s personality myself. He’s very “Batman” in personality, close to the chest, no small talk, determined. I didn’t notice much in the way of development but I was excited by some of the subplots revolving about him. I don’t want to say too much and spoil anything but I really liked this arc and not just for the action.

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