Comics In Review: Lobster Johnson/Rocketeer


Lobster Johnson: The Prayer of Neferu

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writers: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
Artist: Wilfredo Torres

Lobster Johnson, The Prayer of Nefuru was written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi and drawn by Wilfredo Torres. I really enjoyed Torres’ art style with this one-shot comic; the way he outlined his characters and the color pallet he chose kept my interest. In this issue, you are watching The Claw take down a nightclub performer who is convinced she is the Egyptian princess Neferu. By accident, the Claw ends up bringing back to life these Egyptian zombies who take Princess Neferu down. He escapes, and the issue ends with a letter of his claw marking in the middle of dead party-goers. I am not the biggest one shot fan, simply for the fact that is all you are getting: a short, fast paced issue that you will never hear from again. If they could make a series of this one-shot with more adventures of The Claw it would be a enjoyable mini-series. I do not think the story is strong enough to span over several issues, but as a short story they could do a few more one-shots with this character. If you like Egyptian lore, you may want to sit in your comic shop and read this, I do not think it is buy-worthy, but it is a quirky comic worth a read. I give it 3.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Rocketeer #1 Cargo Of Doom

Publisher: IDW
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Chris Samnee

Almost everyone has heard of the Rocketeer and his glory days. He’s back with a number one issue written by Mark Waid and drawn by Chris Samnee. This comic still holds its vintage style, which I enjoyed. I like reading comics that are drawn to look older or era stylized; it is something different than your superheroes and modern day artwork. This first issue is just an unraveling of who Rocketeer is, and his relationships with everyone around him. I feel that I did not enjoy this comic as much as I could have due to the writing. The whole issue jumped around from page to page and I had to keep reminding myself that this was one issue. The art was consistent, but the writing just did not do it for me. I may pick it up again and try it at another time, but for now this issue is a 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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