Comic Book A Day – Day 38 – Lobster Johnson – The Prayer Of Neferu

Lobster Johnson

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If you read, you know I’m a huge fan of Mike Mignola and his Mignola-verse filled with Hellboy, The B.P.R.D. and now Lobster Johnson (to name a few).

It’s rare that Mignola puts out something I don’t enjoy.  So…um…this is a very special episode of “Comic Book A Day” because I just didn’t get that into Lobster Johnson: Prayer Of Neferu.

Lobster Johnson

Lobster Johnson: Crime Fighter or name of a nasty S.T.D.?

First off let me talk about the positive:

Mignola has named a character Lobster Johnson and made him awesomely cool.  The costume, the backstory even his catchphrase of “Feel The Claw” is cool.  It’s like someone bet him to come up with the stupidest concept for a hero and make it work…and then he did!

I also enjoyed Wilfredo Torres’ art and really do enjoy the Mignola-verse.

Now for the negative:

The story just seems to be lacking.  I feel like I’ve missed an issue or two of exposition and while Mignola might be setting up characters and plot lines for future stories, it just seemed to end rather abruptly for my taste.

Maybe this proves that comics really do need that first issue of total cock-tease/intro nothing really happens to feel like a full story because as a stand-alone issue, this one didn’t satiate me.


I’m giving Lobster Johnson: The Prayer of Neferu 3 out of 6 possible Aarons.  Even though I wasn’t crazy about it, the art, the characters and the Mignola-verse still make this readable.


Make Mine Mignola,

Aaron Haber


Aaron Haber wrote this and you can see him every night at his NYC Comedy Club!