#30-LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE BURNING HAND

The 365 Day Graphic Novel Challenge

LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE BURNING HAND

Writer: Mike Mignola

Artist: John Arcudi

Dark Horse, 2012

16257This volume collects the second Lobster Johnson mini-series and, although good, falls short.

All of the required Lobster factors are here: gangsters, mysterious Orientals, supernatural enemy and even cannibals.  (No Nazis though. Odd.)  The Lobster begins to investigate a strange case of “Indian Ghosts” which turn out to be part of a scheme by a local gangster to clear out tenements along the East River.  When this doesn’t work, the gangster calls in beautiful Oriental woman and her consort who manipulates an eerie black flame.  With the aid of his comrades, the Lobster sets out to take down the gangster and his supernatural allies aided by a young woman reporter.

I’m not sure why this story didn’t come together as well for me as IRON PROMETHEUS.  Possibly because it didn’t have a strong ending.  The sense…

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About Sam Gafford
My name is Sam Gafford and I've been doing critical work on William Hope Hodgson for many years. I wrote the article "Writing Backwards: The Novels of William Hope Hodgson" in which I presented evidence that WHH wrote his novels in the reverse order in which they were published. I've recently written an article on Hodgson's confrontation with Houdini and am currently working on a book length study of WHH.

One Response to #30-LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE BURNING HAND

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