Mignola’s dynamic art style, with its rich, atmospheric shadows and bold, unique character designs, has had an incredible influence on the world of comics. Fegredo captures that style wonderfully, without just copying it. He also does an excellent job portraying young Hellboy’s excitement, joy, frustration, and fear, and we are able to relate to him through these expressions. There are powerful emotions at work in this small, elegant story, and they come through in both the writing and art. My only qualm is that it is too short, and it ended rather abruptly for me, because I was so invested in the story and the swirling, dream-like state of the action that I thought there was still more to come. The secondary characters, the ringmaster and his niece, begin to develop a plot that left me hanging, as it was full of mystery and premonitions, but with no answers or resolution. I have not read much Hellboy, though he and his world are still in my cultural consciousness, so these characters may have appeared in the Hellboy universe before, and if not, I imagine Mignola will bring them back, because he sets up more about them than is revealed in this story. So, my qualm may be unfounded, or simply premature. One of the people Mignola dedicates Midnight Circus to is renowned author Ray Bradbury, who has written some of the best stories related to the shadowy malevolence and dark powers of the circus, and there are some wonderful echoes of Bradbury in this tale. If you enjoy the mysterious, the supernatural, the esoteric, and are a fan of Hellboy at any age, then a visit to The Midnight Circus might be right up your alley, though I wouldn’t recommend visiting it alone.