Fans of Mike Mignola's Hellboy and the greater "Mignolaverse" will be excited to see the Lobster Johnson corner expand with Dark Horse Comics' launch of the five-issue Crimson Lotus miniseries on November 21. It's part of the 25th anniversary of Hellboy that will be written by Mignola and John Arcudi and feature the Mignolaverse debut of artist Mindy Lee and colorist Michelle Madsen.
SYFY WIRE has a handful of exclusive character designs (below) by Lee to share in anticipation of the upcoming first issue.
For a bit of background into Crimson Lotus, one first needs to acquaint themselves with Lobster, a vigilante from the Great Depression Era of New York City who leapt out of the pulpier pages of Hellboy and tackled mobsters and the paranormal alike. Lobster had a tradition of leaving his calling card, a claw symbol etched into his victims' foreheads.
He first appeared in Hellboy: Box of Evil #1, and since then Johnson has been featured in his own adventures, which have been collected into six trade paperbacks: The Iron Prometheus, The Burning Hand, Satan Smells a Rat, Get the Lobster, The Pirate's Ghost and Metal Monsters of Midtown, and the collection of one-shots: A Chain Forged in Life. Recently, it was announced that Thomas Haden Church will be joining the upcoming Hellboy film reboot as Lobster Johnson.
Yumiko Daimio is Crimson Lotus, a Japanese spy, a Nazi war criminal, and an assassin witch with the powers of energy absorbing magic who is able to disappear in a cloud of smoke. She also uses a fleet of Noh monkeys to do her bidding. Lotus first appeared in B.P.R.D.: The Dead and later in the two-issue miniseries Lobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus, where she emerged as one of Lobster's most popular adversaries. And for those hip to connecting the Mignolaverse continuity together, will make Yumiko's connection to Hellboy and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) as prominent field team commander Benjamin Daimio's grandmother.
The new miniseries looks to tell Yumiko's story of when she was a young girl during her family's plight in the Russo-Japanese War. 30 years later, the Crimson Lotus is looking to carry out her revenge, with two spies hot on her trail in China.
As for Lee, she started out her career in illustration as a storyboard artist in TV animation, then character and concept designs for the video game industry on such games as Lord of the Rings: Conquest and the Wild Star MMO. In 2017, she co-created the comic book Bounty at Dark Horse with Kurtis Wiebe.
We have seven exclusive images of Lee's character designs for Crimson Lotus, along with a gallery of the first three covers. So be sure to check out all of the art below and let us know your thoughts and whether you're planning to pick this series up in the comments section below.