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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Comic Review: Hellboy in Hell #4

Hellboy In Hell #4 by Mike Mignola (Dark Horse)
Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist:Mike Mignola
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist:Mike Mignola
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Publication Date: March 06, 2013
Format:FC, 32 Pages
UPC:7 61568 18635 2 00411

After a bizarre family reunion, Hellboy can barely process the new information, and the things he's done, since arriving in Hell. But Mike Mignola has one more revelation before concluding this initial monthly run of the story we've been building to since 1994 . . .
* Mike Mignola writes and draws Hellboy!
* Death was only the beginning!
* The bizarre origin of one of Mignola’s most enigmatic characters.

Here comes the gear shift in the series, as Hellboy is plucked from one depth of Hell into another by the masked figure he met upon his arrival. Quite the twist to learn to the stoic fella really is once he takes his mask off, but that's not the only surprise in this book's pages.

As it was mentioned in the previous book, Hellboy has blood on his hands for offing a certain someone, but he has no memory of it. This is probably where my understanding of what's going on gets a little murky, because I'm feeling about as lost as the big red hero.

This fourth issue is where the reasons for the masked man to pull Hellboy from the Abyss into Acheron, a slightly less morbid neighborhood in Hell, become at least alluded to. Apparently there are three things Hellboy has to do down there, but nothing is explicitly detailed. But, heck, at least it's been established he is there to actually do something and not just wallow with the monsters.
As I read this series, I'm at the point where a little clarity is quite welcome. The sightseeing tour of every avenue of the underworld has been something to behold, especially with Mignola's art stylings and Dave Stewart's colors, but some good ol' fashioned questing would be a nice change of pace.

So with four issues in the can, it feels like all the prelude and setup has been firmly established, and now it's time to give HB a path and a purpose.
4 Sheep

Guest Reviewer: Gef Fox

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