Wouldn’t it suck if your junk was a lobster claw? That’s the first thing I think of when hearing the name, “Lobster Johnson.” Excellent, now that everybody finally knows that, we can all go forward, and look at Lobster Johnson: Satan Smells a Rat. A comic which sadly is not, in point of fact, about the tragic life of a man born with a red, hard claw instead of a functional penis.

The Lobster is gee, well, a swell throwback to those super fellas like The Spirit, The Shadow, and J Edgar Hoover. Hoover was a superhero, right? I heard he liked to dress up, but maybe I’m confused…


Lobster Johnson: Satan Smells a Rat (Dark Horse Comics)


With art by Kevin Nowlan, and written by Mignola and John Arcudi, Lobster Johnson: Satan Smells a Rat is fast paced. Seriously, check this panel out.

The story is pretty standard for a one shot. No one is really that memorable other than Tha Lobstah. But then, who can make even close to the same impression as a dude in yellow goggles who leaves claws on the heads of those he kills?

Nowlan has some sweet looking soggy dead people. His action sequences are quite fluid as well. And he should just go ahead and draw The Goon if Powell ever gets too lazy. Look at this guy below. Is that not The Goon?

8.0

  • Fast paced, with great shoot outs
  • Soggy dead people look cool, as does Lobster Johnson
  • Throwback to the early super hero comic days when hot dogs cost the price of a woman
  • Entirely forgettable, except for The Lobster
  • Who is Satan?!

Is It Good?

As with most one shots of this nature, it seems like a having a one night stand while really drunk. Sure, it’s enjoyable, but the next day you can’t remember the majority of the events. And you hope you didn’t piss the bed while whatsherface was still sleeping next to you. And you wonder why you’re in a dress. It’s a little flowery for your taste, and you prefer an elegant evening gown. Uh, what I mean to say is, this comic goes by quick, and leaves little impression, but is still fun.

If you like The Lobster, and guys who look like The Goon, check out Satan Smells a Rat. Even if the title makes little sense. Who is Satan? Is it The Lobster? But he’s the good guy? And why do my sheets smell like piss again? Why am I in a dress? Was I playing J Edgar Hoover again last night?