Daily Archives: November 9, 2011

Full Nelsons and Full Moons

Hellboy: House of the Living Dead original hardcover graphic novel
Writer/Cover artist: Mike Mignola
Artist: Richard Corben
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Editor: Scott Allie
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $14.99 US/$16.99 CAN

The storytelling in this hardcover book is a bizarre and wondrous mish-mash of classic Universal Pictures movie monsters and the cheesy appeal of masked Mexican wrestlers. Hellboy creator and writer Mike Mignola manages to instill a campy, fanciful quality into the story while maintaining a macabre and melancholy mood that immerses the reader in the title character’s personal drama. This graphic novel sums up everything there is to love about Hellboy and his weird world. I absolutely loved the story and art… and after purchasing and reading it, I honestly wished I’d paid closer attention to the solicitation information before I committed to it. For only 49 or 50 pages of story and art, 15 bucks is pretty steep. As a lover of great comics, I was thrilled with this book and thoroughly entertained by the storytelling. As a consumer, I have to confess to some disappointment.

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