After what feels like forever, Hellboy in Hell is back, and we can look forward to a 2-issue story, The Hounds of Pluto, for issues 7 and 8.
Things aren’t going well for Hellboy as he journeys through the Underworld. He’s dying – I know he’s technically dead already, but rest assured that things CAN get worse. To save himself, he strikes a deal with Hoffman, a soul on trial for reasons he dances around. All Hellboy has to do is distract Dr. Coppelius, who clearly has an axe to grind with Hoffmann, while Hoffmann traps his soul inside a dead cat. No problem, right? And that very familiar chorus chanting “Double, double, toil and trouble”, just like the witches in Macbeth? That can’t be the harbinger of anything bad… right?
This is one of the most beautifully drawn issues of Hellboy and Hellboy in Hell I’ve ever seen. Mignola and Dave Stewart have outdone themselves here; there’s a macabre beauty on every page, every spread. The glimpse we get of post-cataclysmic England has an eerie, otherworldly beauty to it; the souls of the dead howling at the sea is stark and exquisite. You can almost smell the brimstone, like the salt water of the Underworld. Hellboy actually looks frail, which I don’t think has ever happened before.
I love every single page of this issue, and will sit here patiently counting the days until issue 8 comes out and gives me (I hope) some answers.
HELLBOY IN HELL #7
Writer: and Artist: Mike Mignola
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Publisher: Dark Horse
Pub Date: August 26, 2015
UPC: 7 61568 18635 2 00711
Diamond ID: JUN150079