Title: Hellboy vs. Lobster Johnson in: The Ring of Death
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words: Mike Mignola & Chris Roberson
Art: Paul Grist & Mike Norton
Colors: Dave Stewart
Published: May 29, 2019
Publisher’s summary: Two legends meet face to face! Who will survive when Hellboy and Lobster Johnson meet . . . in the RING OF DEATH? Hellboy’s infamous misadventures in Mexico are revealed in this double-barreled one-shot! Mike Norton draws Hellboy’s ill-fated turn as foe to Lobster Johnson in a luchador movie, while Paul Grist returns to draw the Visitor as he lurks in the shadows with troubling doubts about his decision to spare Hellboy.
Any comic that utilizes another medium to tell its story, which, in this case is a vintage luchador film, is alright in my book.
There’s more to this story than just masks, punches, and body slams, but the hard hits help. This one-shot is broken into two separate, but related, stories: “The Ring of Death,” and “Down Mexico Way.” Both stories are well-crafted, but it is the combination of the two (you’ll see what I mean once you finish the book) that makes Hellboy vs. Lobster Johnson in: The Ring of Death a stellar read.
Mike Mignola & Chris Roberson’s scripts are paced well and are packed with humor, and just enough drama, to round off the edges and make their respective stories feel whole. Paul Grist & Mike Norton’s artwork bring both stories to life and are equally effective, but I must say that I very much enjoyed watching Lobster Johnson thudd, thwakk, and smash his way through the Devil’s skull-masked minions in “The Ring of Death.”
Hellboy vs. Lobster Johnson in: The Ring of Death is an impressive one-shot, and a must-read for Hellboy fans.
Packed with humor and hard hits, Hellboy vs. Lobster Johnson in: The Ring of Death is a stunning comedic one-shot and a must-read for fans of Hellboy.