Graphic Content – Hellboy

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92/501Title: Hellboy
Mike Mignola
Year: 1994-now
Country: USA

From Life in Hell to Hellboy – that was not done on purpose, but it does make for a nice case of a chain name. Especially when the comics are nothing like each other. Seeing that Hellboy himself is a character that appears in comics other than his namesake, I just wanted to put it here that I just stuck with the Hellboy comics and followed the number guide on the Wikipedia page.

I had no idea that Hellboy was even a comic when I saw the second of the Guillermo Del Toro Hellboy films in the cinema. Now that I have read the original source material, granted Hellboy II: The Golden Army was an original story, I understand why people were so happy with Del Toro’s adaptation. I also get why he was the perfect director to bring it to the screen – the character designs and the occult supernatural elements are right in his wheelhouse.

As a comic, Hellboy has both a long running storyline involving demons, Nazis and other supernatural nasties as well as really well-done one-shots. The story that really has stuck with me, and I think would have made for an excellent short, The Wolves of Saint August. I guess a story of a sudden massacre in a remote Eastern European town at the hands of cursed werewolf spirits really spoke to me.

It feels like a long time since I have read a western superhero comic that I actually could not wait to start the next issue of. I have yet to finish my pile completely, so there will be a gap before I make my next comic post. Also it is Christmas and, other than the Hellboy Christmas special, this isn’t really a comic to be reading over Christmas.

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