Comic Review: Hellboy vs. Lobster Johnson in: The Ring of Death (Dark Horse)

Hellboy Versus Lobster Johnson, from Dark Horse Comics. Is it a ‘match’, or should we light up our life with something else? It all sounds good, and the cover by […]

Hellboy Versus Lobster Johnson, from Dark Horse Comics. Is it a ‘match’, or should we light up our life with something else?

It all sounds good, and the cover by Paolo Rivera is excellent.

The issue consists of two stories: First up is The Ring of Death, written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson.

Illustrator is Mike Norton, colours by Dave Stewart.

Hellboy is sitting down for a beer with his buddy Vic. The year is 1962, it’s Connecticut, and they’re watching a black and white TV show. It’s a low budget movie, a spooky one about wrestlers, complete with every cliche bit of dialogue. Done.

Next story: a four-pager, related to the first story, revolving around the production of the black and white B movie. Illustrated by Paul Grist, colours by Bill Crabtree.

Frankly, this is not a strong issue, it’s more of a whimsically amusing concept, a short story that sounds like a good idea but doesn’t have a strong reason to be.

It’s a comic about two guys sitting on a couch drinking beer and watching an old B movie… done.

Dark Horse Comics Hellboy VS Lobster Johnson, $3.99 for 26 pages of content, Not rated

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