If HELLBOY or B.P.R.D. are too grim and scary for you, I recommend the LOBSTER JOHNSON series from the Mignola crew. This volume takes place in 1930s New York, and combines the a number of film genres from that era in a cracking good adventure story/thriller that manages to keep things fairly light. Yes, there’s some Film Noir aspects, but also a crazy-smart mad scientist, remote controlled animals and people, Russian wrestlers, a hard-boiled female reporter, a zeppelin, rooftop chases, gun battles, and of course, the enigmatic Lobster himself, embodying the mystery man hero of the period perfectly, along the lines of The Shadow. The writing by Mignola and Arcudi is snappy and choice, the art by Zonjic and colors by Stewart are tasty, its’ a great package and a great read. And you don’t need to have read the previous collections to enjoy this one.