Daily Archives: October 30, 2010

Halloweek – Hellboy/Beasts of Burden #1

Variant coverHellboy/Beasts of Burden: Sacrifice one-shot
Writers: Evan Dorkin & Mike Mignola
Artist: Jill Thompson
Letters: Jason Arthur
Cover artists: Thompson/Mignola (variant cover)
Editor: Scott Allie
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $3.50 US

Well, it’s the day before Halloween, and I needed something else fitting my Halloween theme to review on the site, so as I thumbed the stack of comics on my desk, I happened upon something perfect: a comic featuring two fun properties that are firmly entrenched in supernatural adventure. This Hellboy/Beasts of Burden one-shot hits all of the right notes. There are enough dark, creepy elements to make for a deliciously dark atmosphere, but it’s balanced nicely with some strong personality and goofy interplay among some colorful characters. The creators pull off this crossover quite well, but this is a natural pairing of concepts and characters. While I wouldn’t want to see Dorkin, Thompson and Mignola return to this trough too often, I also hope this isn’t the last time these characters cross paths.

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Halloweek – Marvel Premiere #28

Marvel Premiere #28
“There’s a Mountain on Sunset Boulevard!”
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Pencils: Frank Robbins
Inks: Steve Gan
Colors: Janice Cohen
Letters: Karen Mantlo
Cover artist: Unknown
Editor: Marv Wolfman
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Price: 25 cents

As I noted earlier this week, I was lucky enough to happen upon a treasure trove of 1970s and ’80s comics at a recent flea market, and this one — cover dated February 1976 — was among the 100 comics I picked up from that vendor. As I thumbed through the box of old, tattered comics, this one jumped out as being the perfect fodder for another review in my Halloweek series. Mind you, despite the lineup of characters, this really isn’t a horror comic. On the surface, it has the trappings of a super-hero team story, but the plot doesn’t play out that way either. Instead, Mantlo’s weird plot about a space-faring, prehistoric human’s return home evolves into a tragedy about four cursed men whose failures to see beyond themselves doom them all over again. It’s always a pleasure to find unconventional and novel storytelling in comics such as this one, crafted about 35 years ago.

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