Duncan Fegredo does a wonderful job of bringing this story to life, and Dave Stewart’s colors are always welcome. From the cover to the last page, it’s a really gorgeous comic. I love that every artist that comes in and leaves a mark on Hellboy does so while still capturing the spirit of it all. A Hellboy skeleton will always look like a Hellboy skeleton. Nowhere else do I see a skeleton that look like this. Even when they are dead and unmoving (Yes, some of the skeletons are quite alive.), they still have a presence, like they are watching Hellboy’s every move.
There’s a certain ease with which Mignola tells these stories now, maybe because there’s no pressure. If he has an idea, he puts it out there. The great thing is that Hellboy stories can happen anytime, anywhere. Hellboy is the equivalent of a ronin. He has no masters. Whatever the mythology, whatever the fairytale, Hellboy can leave his mark. It’s truly wonderful, and I’m glad I live in a world in which Hellboy stories are still being published.
Creative Team: Mike Mignola (story), Duncan Fegredo (artist), Dave Stewart (colors), Clem Robbins (letters)
Publisher: Dark Horse
Click here to purchase.