By Nick Banks
Lobster Johnson: A Chain Forged in Life One-Shot Review
Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artist: Troy Nixey, Kevin Nowlan
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: July 29, 2015
Rating: 9 out of 10
Synopsis: It’s “Christmas in July” as the Lobster has to save Santa from a horrible fate!
Our Thoughts: Fans of Hellboy and BPRD should be very familiar with the pulp hero Lobster Johnson. In the grand tradition of the Shadow and the Spider, he is a classic hard-boiled mystery man who punishes the wicked and defends the innocent. And when it comes to innocent, who wouldn’t want to protect a department store Santa on Christmas Eve!
The story follows a similar morality play style more akin to classic EC Horror than the Mignola-verse, but Johnson fits the bill as the supernatural arbiter of justice. The Lobster is in fact the only supernatural element in the entire story. This is not a criticism however, as we get to see the hero from the perspective of the criminals and the wayward Santa.
Fan favorite Kevin Nolan returns to his first action since: Hellboy’s “Buster Oakley Gets His Wish” and Lobster Johnson’s “Satan Smells a Rat”. His realistic art bookends the story and newcomer Troy Nixey’s exaggerated, almost Dick Tracy-esque style works well for this story set in the 1940’s. Get ready for your present early this year!