Monday, October 13, 2014

Booknote: Hellboy in Hell, Volume 1

Mike Mignola, Hellboy, Volume 1: The Descent. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse, 2014. ISBN: 9781616554446. 

Mike Mignola is back with Hellboy in Hell, Volume 1. Hellboy finds himself in a homecoming he does not really want. He confronts his past, his true nature, and his future. To be honest, as much as I like Hellboy comics, I found this one to be a somewhat convoluted story where Mignola is trying to tie a lot of loose ends. If you have not read previous Hellboy comics, you may miss a detail or two along the way in this one.

However, something that does make the comic worth reading is the art. The dark, bizarre depictions of hell and its denizens are really sights to behold and show the artist in top form. This was a big reason I liked the volume, but the story itself was fairly average when compared to previous Hellboy volumes.

In the end, giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclosure note to keep things honest and The Man happy: I read this book as provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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