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Lobster Johnson: The Pirate's Ghost #1

by Forrest.H on March 29, 2017

Lobster Johnson: The Pirate’s Ghost #1
Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
Illustrated by Tonci Zonjic
Lettered by Clem Robins
Publisher: Dark Horse
A worthwhile addition to the pantheon of Lobster Johnson books, as well as the Mignolaverse at large here with Lobster Johnson: The Pirate’s Ghost’s first issue.

Arcudi and Zonjic work a wonderful tandem here, as they usually do, in a Johnson story where older villains returning, supernatural piracy, kidnapping and the like are brought to life in the pitch-perfect pulp that these stories and creators so effortlessly ape.
It’s a strong issue, one that sets up a fun story to come to be sure, if somewhat akin to the usual Johnson fare of pulp, supernatural and gun slinging.

Arcudi writes deftly, knowing when to harken back to other Johnson issues, and making this issue itself feel rightly in place and keeping with what we know of Johnson’s life, setting him out on yet another adventure to explore and ghost-boat-laden mystery to unravel with other notable members from the Lobster’s cast of characters also set down their own, spoiler-laden paths here.

Likewise, Zonjic draws and colors just as deftly. The world is brought to life in a wonderful mix of simplicity, expert character choreography and the right kind of background complexity: panels, bars, the like look just wonderfully intricate but the issue doesn’t lose its simple, pulpy roots and Zonjic rides the line near-perfectly.

Here we have another, strong, tale of Johnson’s. Steeped in adventure, mystery and high stakes, it’s a worthwhile story that I’m very interested in. 

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