Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1

Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1

Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi Artist: Tonci Zonjic Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 11, 2012 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 10
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When a tribe of phantom Indians start scalping policemen, Hellboy's crime-fighting hero Lobster Johnson and his allies arrive to take on these foes and their gangster cronies!

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Edward Kaye Jan 12, 2012

    Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1 is a great fun read and is highly recommended for fans of nostalgic pulp magazine stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jan 16, 2012

    Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1 isn't quite what you'd expect from a pulp noir story set within the Hellboy universe. No big supernatural villain, yet. No death-defying stunts, yet. Shoot, the title character barely makes an appearance. But, this isn't a comic that tells you to hold onto to your hat, because it's going to be a bumpy ride. Nope, this is a book that asks you to take that hat off. Sit down. Pour a nice drink. It's got a story to tell and you don't want to miss a word of it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 17, 2012

    What really makes this book work is the sense of humor that flows through it. Like his Hellboy work, Migola knows how to balance drama and humor to maximum effect, and it makes for a comic that's a heck of a lot of fun to read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jan 8, 2012

    Ever since the first appearance of Lobster Johnson, I've been intrigued with seeing more of his adventures. The Iron Prometheus was a good first adventure, but The Burning Hand feels like it is going to be much bigger and better. Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1 arrives in stores this week (January 11, 2011) and is worth picking up. I give the first issue 4 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Zack Davisson Jan 11, 2012

    Zack Davisson is a freelance writer and life-long comics fan. He owned a comic shop in Seattle during the '90s, during which time he had the glorious (and unpaid) gig as pop-culture expert for NPR. He has lived in three countries, has degrees in Fine Art and Japanese Studies, and has been a contributing writer to magazines like Japanzine and Kansai Time-Out. He currently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife Miyuki. You can catch more of Zacks reviews on his blog Japan Reviewed or read his translations of Japanese ghost stories on Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Jan 11, 2012

    Crime comics have shown a continual upward trend over the past decade. This genre has also shown how malleable it is by pairing with straight up noir, superheroes, monsters and wisecracking spies. At its heart, though, a good crime comic needs a solid crime to investigate and a hero you think will get the job done. Cindy Tynan is captivating on all her pages and Lobster Johnson seems like the sort of deus ex machina hero who will watch and wait and provide the necessary thrills to justify every cent spent on this comic. Old and new alike, step up to "Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand" and enjoy yourself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 11, 2012

    I know that I gush about the Hellboyverse a lot, but thereis a reason that this franchise has lasted this long" it's that damn good. Whatother franchise has lasted this long while existing as mini-series and oneshots? I doubt you could come up with another title. If you like Hellboy, crimefighting, pulp or sassy reporters that actually talk like reporters than givethis book a shot. If you don't like things that are good then pull your headout of your ass and give this book a shot any ways. If anything you should checkit out for the amazing last panel of the book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jan 13, 2012

    Like Hellboy himself, Johnson began as more of a cool pulpy concept than a fully fleshed-out character, and he's well situated to operate on the fringes of a story, while Cindy and the forces surrounding her take center stage. The usual caveat about this probably reading better in trade applies, but if you still have an appreciation for the chapter by chapter build of a hard-boiled mystery, dig in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Jan 6, 2012

    Mignola and Arcudi may have a bit of bland dialogue at times here, but they do a decent job of capturing the city before the changes that are coming hit it. The commentary on how it will all change as cars become a bigger part of city life is interesting and that factors into what may be going on in a traditional dime novel, though there's obviously something bigger going on as well with the marks left on people and the way the indians were warped into committing the acts. With the focus on Cindy, she provides the right lead character at the moment to help tie things together as well as to stumble into the larger story at hand. There's some fun little side bits as well that will factor into things, given to just a page or a couple of panels here, as the whole thing starts to reveal itself. While it's not a huge smack to the face that gets you hugely excited, it's a solid read and left me wanting to know more of where Lobster Johnson will go. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    PopMatters - shathley Q Feb 1, 2012

    If the weird, old pulp we know is still to come in Lobster Johnson: the Burning Hand has any meaning, it is because the noir world that Mike has built in this issue matters. Read Full Review

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