Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hellboy Winter Special

   This issue feels like a delayed Christmas present - a real treat!

   It's a collection of two short stories starring Hellboy, one story that stands alone and a two-page gag strip starring Lobster Johnson.

   The first story is by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, co-writing with Scott Allie. The story could just as easily be a Conan story, with a prehistoric feel to it as a shaman shares a grisly story with a barbaric hunter. The art is by Tim Sale (who also provides the cover), and it's wonderful, expressive work.

   The second story takes Hellboy back to the beginning of his career in 1953 with the B.P. R.D., as they investigate a ghost story that quickly takes a horrific turn. The story is by Mignola and Chris Roberson, and the art is by Michael Walsh, who creates some terrific monsters.

   Number three is a more lighthearted tale, as Hellboy confronts some malefic snowmen as he tries to teach a young hero a lesson. This story is by Chelsea Cain, with high-energy artwork by Michael Avon Oeming.

   The final two pages are given over to a silly gag with Lobster, as Dean Rankin evokes a Ren and Stimpy cartoon.

   Overall, it's a lot of fun, and it's great to see Hellboy back in his normal stomping grounds (frankly, the Hellboy in Hell thing is wearing a bit thin).

   It makes for a Merry (one month later) Christmas!

Grade: A-


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