Sunday, June 5, 2011

Hellboy: The Fury #1 (of 3)

This story has been building for quite a while, and this three-issue series is where all the chickens come home to roost.

Set in Arthurian legends and tying back to Hellboy's first appearance, we have two armies getting set to go to war - one made up of England's heroic (and quite dead) knights, and the other of the most foul demons and monsters.

At the center is Hellboy, who refuses to give in to fate or destiny and instead tries to carve his own path, even if it means he has to face overwhelming odds and an incredibly powerful opponent.

It's a terrific story, full of unexpected twists, lots of humor (dark and otherwise), and a worthy opponent for Hellboy.

The art by Duncan Fegredo is outstanding, with amazing detail, mood and dark menace. If Mike Mignola (who wrote the story) can't do the art, it's good to have a craftsman like Fegredo on the job.

Of course, I'm not sure how he feels about having to draw two armies getting ready for battle, but he certainly does it well.

This has been an outstanding series so far, and I'm anxious to see the next two chapters. Highly recommended!

Grade: A


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