Comic Review: Crimson Lotus #1 (Dark Horse)

Crimson Lotus #1, from Dark Horse Comics, starts out with a nicely illustrated cover. Skull, native figure and little girl. All three play roles in this line extension title from […]

Crimson Lotus #1, from Dark Horse Comics, starts out with a nicely illustrated cover. Skull, native figure and little girl. All three play roles in this line extension title from the realm of Lobster Johnson.

John Arcudi writes, Mindy Lee is on art, and Michelle Madsen is colourist.

It’s 1904. Little Crimson Lotus watches her father come to a terrifying and supernatural death. She is very small but takes it all in.
It’s China, with a Russian population nearby, and Japanese too. (I am simplifying this).

Now, it’s China in 1932. Crimson Lotus is on the move. With lots of mysterious bad guys, scarred villains, and a mainland China backdrop, this segment reads well, if a bit difficult to follow. It’s not all spelled out, no matter what language you speak. Panels move along swiftly, but it’s easy to miss the ferry and arrive late for dim sum. Let’s chase along with Crimson.

The artwork is excellent. In a heavy brush style, Lee gives us big shapes and big shadows. There is drama in the drapery here. The colouring adds to the mystique. It’s all a well-told tale of revenge and magic.

Dark Horse Comics, Crimson Lotus #1, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Assume Teen

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!