Welcome friends, this week at The Banana Stand I would like to discuss the roster of talented artists that have worked in the Mignolaverse, and why I think it’s an amazing achievement in modern comics. For those not in the know, the Mignolaverse is comprised of Hellboy, BPRD, Lobster Johnson, Baltimore, Witchfinder, Sledgehammer 44′, and Abe Sapien. The umbrella term “Mignolaverse” was coined to refer to the books Mignola himself has created. They all exist in a shared universe with the exception of Baltimore, that is a creation of Mignola and author Christopher Golden, and exists in it’s own world. In my opinion this universe rivals any other in comics, and is one of–if not THE–greatest accomplishments in the post-Silver Age era of comic books. The ability of Mignola, editor Scott Allie, and everyone else involved in this corner of comics to coordinate such a feat is a marvelous thing. Continue reading The Mignolaverse: A Collective of Amazing Artists
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.