Title: Lobster Johnson Vol. 1: The Iron Prometheus
Author: Mike Mignola
Illustrator: Jason Armstrong, Dave Stewart
Series: Lobster Johnson #1
This is a pulp-style comic focusing on the adventures of Lobster Johnson, who is a minor character frequently mentioned in the Hellboy and B.R.P.D. series. Lobster Johnson is an antihero who takes on Nazis, monks, robots, and the mob.
I have been a huge fan of Lobster Johnson since I first read the Hellboy comics and he was mentioned. Lobster Johnson is a crime fighter who doesn’t follow the rules and has very cheesy lines. He also burns a lobster claw into the head of his victims so they can “Feel the Claw!” Also, Lobster Johnson doesn’t have any special abilities, he is just relying on his own strength, knowledge, and resources to fight evil. He is kind of like Batman in that aspect.
The Lobster’s adventures take place, at least in this volume, at the beginning of WWII. This is before the creation of the B.R.P.D. and before Hellboy comes to earth. The power suit in this one was very interesting and I know it will play a role in future comics (i.e. Sledgehammer 44).
Overall, I really enjoyed this comic about Lobster Johnson. I can’t wait to read the next volume. Also if you are going to read this, don’t take it too seriously because this is supposed to be a pulp-style story and they are never very serious.