Daily Archives: November 13, 2008

By Hook or By Crook

Hellboy: The Crooked Man #s 1-3
Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Richard Corben
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Editor: Scott Allie
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $2.99 US each

With two feature films and several animated features on the market, Hellboy certainly has a remarkably strong degree of pop-culture penetration going in his favor. There’s so much potential inherent in the property, and creator Mike Mignola demonstrates it once again with another limited series. He should also be applauded for allowing a diverse array of artists to tackle his creation; it’s no surprise that Richard Corben, who’s proven as a top-notch horror artist, excels in Hellboy’s world. This was a thoroughly accessible story. One of the elements that impressed me the most, though, was that despite the backdrop, Mignola doesn’t go for any easy redneck gags, opting instead to treat people in the Appalachians as a proud culture in and of itself.

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