Review – Hellboy – Hellboy in Hell #3 -” A Fight For The Thorne, Winner Takes All”

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Story: Mike Mignola
Art: Mike Mignola
Colors: Dave Stewart
Cover Art: Mike Mignola
Published by: Dark Horse Comic

Since arriving Pandemonium Hellboy has been shown a lot of his family’s legacy, guided by his uncle who explains the responsibility his father had in Pandemonium and the of sacrifices he made in order to keep Hellboy alive and out of the hands of those who wanted the throne.

In the beginning of the issue it is explain to Hellboy that his birth was going to change Pandemonium, just minutes after he was born has father called upon a great power to replace his right hand with The Right Hand Of Doom.  Being afraid of what could happen should hellboy live the other princes of Pandemonium sent angels of Destruction to Wipeout him and his family,  the plan failed due to Hellboy  accidently being sent to earth.

Moments later he is taken to the tomb of his father Azzeal who appears to be trapped in a Iceberg, this is when it gets interesting , Hellboys two older brothers appear and they tell him that how they were waiting for his arrival for some time now they comment on how being with humans has made him soft and he no longer should have the right hand of doom, A fight breaks out between them  with both brothers trying to take his arm, meanwhile his father  who is alive inside the iceberg tomb is watching his sons battle it out,  we find out that Hellboy is his favorite son the one he put all his trust in.

As the battle continues more is reveal about his arm and what power it possesses , his uncle tells them that with the arm and sword of his father , the winner would have control of their fathers army, a army powerful enough to bring down hell or heaven., he also says that the winner will also need someone wise to guide them. The fight takes a shocking turn when there uncle interrupts and takes out one of the brothers, but seconds after he along with the last of hellboys brothers are swallowed by a huge worm like creature called Leviathan came from underneath them.

Finally in the end of the issue Hellboy meets another form his past and is given news that may change the future of not only pandemonium but of his as well.

Finial thoughts: Hellboy In Hell #3 is a really good issue it reveals alot of his past something I was always curious about, What really stands out to me is how well written this arc is, nothing seems rushed you can tell Mike Mignola is taking his time in each issue every panel is well layout and easy to understand the dialog between characters is easy to follow you know who is saying what, the art on the other hand is sometimes inconsistent some characters look familiar to one another at times but it’s not a big deal  its just noticeable, overall this a good issue and one worth picking up!

Release Date: February 06, 2013

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Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Hellboy – Hellboy in Hell #2 ” In Pandemonium A Throne Awaits For Its King”

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Story: Mike Mignola
Art: Mike Mignola
Colors: Dave Stewart
Cover Art: Mike Mignola
Published by: Dark Horse Comic

After falling deeper into the heart of hell to a place called Pandemonium which is the oringinal home world of Hellboy form there the issue opens up more as Sir Eric exlpain’s to him that his presents there has caused the princes and minsters of hell to fleed in fear of has return, thinking he would come to claim his throne, As they countiue through Pandemonium they reach a citadel and behind it the throne and crown of Hellboy’s father which now is rightful his to claim,But hellboy respectful declines saying he doesnt want any of it.

As they make it to the end of the citadel Sir Eric zaps Hellboy to another part of pandemonuim but this time he is greeted by another who shows him The River Cocytus which is the place things form earth fall down too, in that river are fish which turn out to be souls wanting to be judge by The fisher of Souls who is said to have build Pandemonium with his own hands, as they watch the fisher work smashing away on a human like figure a curious hellboy asks what he is making to which the guide anwsers saying “The great Army of Hell, your Army”. Once again Hellboy makes it clear he wants no part of the throne, But to him dismay he is taken to his place of  birth and shown though telepathy other importing events….

Final thoughts: Like issue #1 Writer Mike Mignola keeps it simple and straight foward once again giving us a glimpse of Hellboys linage reveiling some secrets the Right Hand of Doom may have. What I like most about Mignola is that he understands the significance of story development and pacing for character as well diverse as Hellboy something I find refreshing. Not alot is going on in this issue as far as action but the main story more then makes up for that, while I’m a big hellboy fan I’am however a fan of quality well written comics and this is turning out to be one of those

Release Date: January 02, 2013

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Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Hellboy – In Hell #1 – “Death was only the beginning”

Mike Mignola Cover

Story: Mike Mignola
Art: Mike Mignola
Colors: Dave Stewart
Cover Art: Mike Mignola
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Hellboy In Hell #1 Is the continuation of The Storm and The Fury Tales, after sacrificing himself and Great Britain, Hellboy is cast into hell where many of demons and monsters he had faced are there waiting on his arrival, Mike Mignola is back as writer and artist for this story arc.

In the beginning of the issue we see Hellboy fighting a dragon in what looks like hell, after stabbing it in the chest with a sword both him and the dragon are seen crashing into a pit, inside a unknown being grabs and pulls out his heart stating “If I’m bound for hell…I will not go alone”.  After that we see the Baba Yaga and an Sir Eric are talking about Hellboy slaying the dragon and his run in with a demon named Nimue (The one who pulled out his heart), Sir Eric tells Baba Yaga his plans of taking Hellboy with him saying that his story is not over yet, Baba Yaga warns him of what trouble it will cause once Hellboy is released and is he ready for that burden. Meanwhile Hellboy inside the pit is confronted and attacked by a collections of various monsters, with the help of Sir Eric the warlock he is saved and they teleported to what looks like a old monastery. There Hell tells him that one the demons that attack was Eligo’s a duke and knight in the living world who was shamed by Hellboy and cast down to the pit once Hellboy defeated him, the conversation is cut short when Eligo appears and attacks Hellboy pushing him through a doorway..

Final thoughts:  Hellboy In Hell #1 is a ongoing story with multiple arcs, similar to the Conan comics also release by Dark horse. New readers my not understand what’s going on in the beginning of the issue because of the multiple story arc tie-ins . Writer Mike Mignola keeps issue #1 simple and straightforward for the most part making it relatively easy to follow for new readers like myself, On the other hand hardcore fans my not like that it’s a little simplistic. In the end Mignola writing is good enough to keep the readers wanting more.

Let me say I do recommend readers to checkout  past issues so you can get a clue on certain things, besides that Hellboy In Hell has alot of potential and I can’t wait see how Mike Mignola unravels this story.

Release Date: December 05, 2012

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Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

 

Review – B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth – The Pickens Country Horror #2

Story: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
Art: Jason Latour
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover Art: Becky Cloonan and Dave Stewart
Variant Cover: Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Peters and Vaughn left us hanging as fog, vampires and the undead rise up in what was set to be a routine investigation. As trouble strikes they’re put out of the game and taken to a safe house in the middle of it all, the owner of which is a vampire conspiracy theorist researching a possible invasion scenario. Part 2 starts up without hesitation, the fog is thick and the crosses are all over with something lurking in the background, Vaughn is quiet but worried about Peters and we step into the mess from there.

Pickens Country Horror is a relentless book, even with all the experience Vaughn has the story proves once again that he’s only seen a fraction of the horrors possible in the outbreaks so far. His confidence no matter how high is knocked down as the situation with the fog and the mushrooms grows worse, it’s a bad time to be an agent of the B.P.R.D. on this mission. Unfortunately as a mini series we’re whisked through the rest of the development including the history on the vampire group at work locally and their history. It’s not to say this has been a bad installment but the closure on it really shakes the foundation as a newer reader to the series, I can only hope this isn’t the end of this arc and that it spins into something more. One thing that Mike Mignola does without trouble is develop character attachment and #2 is where you really wish this wasn’t the case because of how much whiplash fills the pages of the story.

If you’re a fan of B.P.R.D. this is a must have to your collection for the series, you have vampires, crazy supernatural fog and a crazy man telling you his end of the world conspiracy theory. If you’re a new reader, it might be a bit of rough ride to get into even if it does have a very interesting story, it just has a really rough closure that could throw off those new to the series even if the 2 issues are excellent reads. The art from Jason Latour is great, the expressions and body language don’t drop the experience while reading through it, even when going to supernatural levels the experience holds the reader in and even brings a bit of paranoia, with Dave Stewart assisting in color it’s really an immersion experience.

Links: Pre-Order | Preview

Release date: April 25, 2012

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Joe Golem Deluxe Edition coming in September

Come September 26th, 2012 an extremely limited and extremely awesome hardcover deluxe edition of Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s newest collaboration, Joe Golem and the Drowning City will be releasedThis isn’t your run-of-the-mill edition though, this baby comes complete with illustrations by Mignola, a signature plate signed by both Mignola and Golden, as well as a slipcase to keep it safe in!  This will be an edition of only 1000, have a price tag of $99.99, and the coolest part, the Dark Horse edition will contain a previously unpublished story, Joe Golem and the Copper Girl. 

A brief synopses of the story:

 After a séance gone horribly wrong, strange men wearing gas masks and rubber suits abduct the       aging psychic Orlov the Conjuror, sending his young assistant Molly McHugh racing through the canals of a submerged Manhattan. As Molly flees her captors through a sunken city full of scavengers, her one hope comes in the form of two strange men: Simon Church, a Victorian-era detective kept alive by clockwork gears and magic, and his assistant, Joe, whose mysterious past is hinted at in dreams of stone and witches.”

Available: Sept. 26th, 2012

Price: $99.99

Link: Dark Horse Blog