Ho, ho, Hellboy, the magical man in red is coming to your comic store this holiday (this Wednesday to be specific), and he brings with him some most welcome friends. Considering that Christmas was originally a pagan holiday, a Hellboy Winter Special seems far more fitting than our usual festivities. I wonder if the Winter Solstice festivals around the world would ever consider incorporating this wonderful creation and bizarre world of talking animals and snotty spirits into their celebrations. If this new movie is a hit (Fingers crossed!), Hulu or Amazon should do a Hellboy Winter Special… but I digress…
Mike Mignola, along with a handful of top-notch talents, bring three short stories to this year’s Winter Special. Mignola and Ben Stenbeck put Hellboy in the middle of a séance that goes horribly wrong in the best of possible ways. Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba have a tie-in to a B.P.R.D. story (which I have not read, but now I’m incredibly intrigued), and Lobster Johnson returns in the capable hands of Tonci Zonjic. It’s a special thing when you put down a comic and all you want is more.
Speaking of more…
There is more love for the characters and the world of Hellboy than in almost any other comic I read. The creators always bring their best, capturing that spark of life that exists in this universe, that carries it off the pages of the comic and into our larger imaginations. Every chance I get to step into this world, I hungrily anticipate and accept. There’s a simple beauty to this world like there is with fairy tales and mythologies. Like with Hellboy, by taking things at face value, the creators are simply able to have as much fun as they want, and I feel like I’m being given the best present when a new Hellboy story graces my world.
Creative Team: Mike Mignola, Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Toni Zonjic (writers), Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba, Tonci Zonjic, Ben Stenbeck (artists), Tonci Zonjic, Dave Stewart (colors)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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