Daily Archives: December 23, 2017

O Unholy Night

Hellboy: Krampusnacht one-shot
Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist/Colors: Adam Hughes
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover artists: Adam Hughes (regular)/Mike Mignola (variant)
Editors: Scott Allie & Kath O’Brien
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Price: $3.99 US

I’m a bit of a “bah, humbug” kind of guy at this time of year. It’s not that I want to be, but I find the holidays brings so much pressure into everyone’s lives, the notion of an actual holiday seems to be the first thing that’s sacrificed. Of course, I’ve been a dad for a few years now, so my heart occasionally grows three sizes, usually just in time for Christmas morning. Despite my Scrooge-like demeanor at times (or perhaps because of it), this Christmas-themed Hellboy one-shot grabbed my eye on my local comic shop’s shelves this week, and I had to have it. The immersion of holiday tradition and spirit in the horror genre played right into my cynical perspective on the yuletide. The story is just the kind of perfect gothic and monstrous yarn we’ve come to expect from Mike Mignola, but what’s unique about this story is the illustration. Adam Hughes is a beloved figure in mainstream comics, but he delivers an unexpected twist on his usual style.

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