LOBSTER JOHNSON, VOL 02: THE BURNING HAND TP
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Artist: Tonci Zonjic
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Mike Mignola 0
Size: 0 pages
Anyone who didn’t pick up this story arc in single issues- YOU NEED THIS BOOK!!!!!
I would just love to see this creative team transfer en masse to Dynamite Comics, because the prospect of them cutting loose on a Shadow book would make my fanboy brain explode!
As it is, this is almost the best Shadow comic never written. The writers do such a good job of capturing the atmosphere of the pulps, and putting a modern spin on the tropes of the genre without removing them from their original time period, that you get the impression they could write any of the old pulp standards standing on their heads. This is riveting, action packed stuff, best consumed in one satisfying chunk.
In addition to pitch perfect writing, this book also features some of TBE most beautiful artwork I have seen in a long time. Fans of Chris Samnee in particular should lap this up. Zonjic’s graceful, minimalist lines are the closest thing to Alex Toth we have since that particular master of the form passed away, with each and every line ensuring that the characters practically dance across the pages.
In short, then, this is a must-have book for any fan of quality comic art or rollicking pulp adventure. It combines the flavour of the past with the very best sensibilities of the present in much the same way as Raiders of the Lost Ark did to deliver a joyous entertainment. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is possibly my favourite mini-series of the year, and I only hope Dark Horse can give us more of the same sometime soon.
Or maybe that Dynamite thing…. Hey, I can dream, can’t I?
Art: 5 - Excellent