Lobster Johnson: The Forgotten Man #1 (One-Shot) Early Review

by Rob Caprilozzi

Review by: Nick Banks

Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artist: Peter Snejbjerg
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: April 6, 2016
Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis:  The Lobster helps protect the homeless from a predatory preacher!

Our Thoughts:  Lobster Johnson meets “The Grapes of Wrath”?  Well… although Steinbeck’s classic never included cannibals, it certainly focused on those who would exploit the disposed.  And if Tom Joad isn’t available, who better to stand up for the people than the Lobster!   

The story follows a standard pulp set-up of the era that it takes place in with an evil master mind (in this case an evil preacher) who has enlisted an army of mindless cohorts to battle the pulp hero and his gang of “rough-around-the-edges” crusaders.  Those familiar with Mignola and Arcudi’s stories will easily slip into this one.  These two creators are some of the only working writers who can easily spin a tale that would stand next to any of the hard-boiled stories of the heyday of the pulps.

Fans are certainly familiar with Peter Snejbjerg’s art on other Mignola-verse titles, but his talents are best served in a story like this one.  His style captures the time period well and his artwork captures both the humanity of the unlikely heroes living in “the Hoovervilles”, and the crazy-eyed madness of the living zombies and their master.  His artwork has a classic cartoon feel that is reminiscent of the fan favorite Batman series of the 90’s (which also had a 1930’s feel and look).  The combination of the period – realistic art and no nonsense heroism is  guaranteed to satisfy fans of Lobster Johnson and the frequent Mignola/Arcudi collaborations. 

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