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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Comic Review: Hellboy in Hell #1

Hellboy in Hell #1
Writer: Mike Mignola

Artist: Mike Mignola
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Mike Mignola
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Publication Date: December 05, 2012
Format: FC, 32 Pages
Price: $2.99
UPC: 7 61568 18635 2 00111
buy digital version $1.99

After saving the world in The Storm and The Fury, but sacrificing himself and Great Britain, Hellboy is dead, cast into Hell, where he finds many familiar faces, and a throne that awaits him.

Mike Mignola returns to draw Hellboy's ongoing story for the first time since Conqueror Worm. It's a story only Mignola could tell, as more of Hellboy's secrets are at last revealed, in the most bizarre depiction of Hell you've ever seen.

* Mike Mignola writes and draws the next phase of Hellboy’s story.

Death was only the beginning!

While I enjoyed checking out the BPRD: Hell On Earth: Russia graphic novel a couple months ago, it wasn't a very good book for a newcomer to the franchise. My familiarity stems from the movies, so I needed something that featured Hellboy himself to get me excited. Well, Dark Horse has delivered with a brand new series penned by the man who started it all, Mike Mignola.

Despite not being up to date on what's been going on with Hellboy and company in previous series, as soon as I looked at the first panel of this issue I knew I was in for a treat.

Hellboy is dead. Sort of. Mignola offers a brief history of the character that ends with the words: "Shortly thereafter he fought a dragon and was killed." Damn.

From there, the story plays out like a Lovecraftian ode to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, replete with Hellboy having to sit through a puppet play of the iconic story. It seems Hellboy must walk an even darker path than he already has in order to find any rest, since the big ugly monsters in the pit don't appear all that tickled to have him in the midst.

I'm not sure how well this series is going to serve as an introduction to the Hellboy character, but for me and my vicarious grasp on the series, I am beguiled by the big galute's adventure so far. Eagerly anticipating the second issue.

4 1/2 stars 

Guest Reviewer: Gef Fox
Wag The Fox: a den for dark fiction


  1. Thanks for the review. Hellboy is one of my favorite characters and I'm really glad this story shows him off well

    1. Gef's reviwe of issue #2 is coming up in the next or two and he is really liking it!

  2. I've been meaning to read some Hellboy comics. I am familiar with the character from the movies, which I enjoyed. My man read several of the original comics years ago and recommends them. Thanks for your review, as it bumps the Hellboy comics higher up in my TBR