Hellboy: Strange Places

The Third Wish

At the end of Conqueror Worm, Hellboy mentioned he might go to Africa. Here he meets an old shaman who tells him the stories whispered in his ear by a spider. He speaks of a monster in the scene known as Bog Roosh, a humanesque fish creature. Hellboy ends up on the wrong side of a wave and finds himself washed into the ocean. He ends up entangled with three mermaids who turn him over to the Bog Roosh. As a reward, she grants each mermaid a wish. Of course, the wishes backfire. Continue reading Hellboy: Strange Places

Hellboy: Conqueror Worm

After years of writing stories that range from two pages to two issues, Mike Mignola returns to a proper comic book arc. Along the way, he revisits a lot of influences and ideas that haven’t been seen since Wake the Devil. This means pulp influences, Nazis and more. Along the way, he gathers a few new influences, further expanding the folklore of Hellboy. Continue reading Hellboy: Conqueror Worm

Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom

Pancakes

This might be my two favorite pages of Hellboy. Hell, this might be my two favorite pages of comics. It’s a short, elegant story executed to perfection. A general forces a young Hellboy to eat pancakes. While Hellboy enjoys this delightful breakfast food, the demons of hell wail and moan, for surely the child is lost if he can enjoy pancakes. Continue reading Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom

Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and Others

The Corpse

It begins with iron and flame. In the rolling hills of Ireland, Hellboy is solicited by a family to find out what is wrong with their child. Turns out their child is actually a goblin, which Hellboy finds out by pinching it with a fire iron. To regain the child, Hellboy takes on a quest to bury a corpse. A giant boar monster shows up at the burial ground. Hellboy beats the boar, buries the corpse and returns the child all before sunrise. Not a bad night. Continue reading Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and Others

Hellboy: Wake the Devil

How do you follow up an introduction as good as Seed of Destruction? If you’re Mike Mignola, you go bigger, bolder and deeper. While Wake the Devil is only one issue longer than its predecessor, it packs in a lot more character development and plot threads in its arc. It’s this story where Hellboy begins to realize its full potential as a book. Continue reading Hellboy: Wake the Devil