Lobster Johnson (vol 2): The Burning Hand - Mike Mignola & John Arcudi

It's Labor Day, so naturally I'm reading comics. I really enjoyed the first volume of Lobster Johnson, and thought it was a one time deal, so naturally I was happy to see this collection. Tonci Zonjic's art is very nice as it has a simple noir feel to it that works very well here and the plot in general is also nice as it combines mobsters with the supernatural. However, it appears that Mignola and Arcudi are trying to lay the groundwork for a Lobster Johnson mythology through an array of characters, and this simply doesn't work as the characters are all completely superficial (including our hero) leaving us with nothing to gravitate to. Better to build such background over time. As is this collection is weak as it is merely set up for the next trade.