So Hellboy died back at the end of The Fury, and has found himself in Hell. The first issue of Hellboy in Hell sold out and is already in a second printing, so if you haven’t picked it up yet, do yourself a favor and get it – Hellboy fans should not miss out on this new series.
Issue 2 finds Hellboy still traveling through Hell, this time, reaching the capital – Pandemonium. As the dead wait for him to reclaim his throne, we learn a little more about Hellboy – and it’s great stuff. My only problem with this issue? It was over too quickly, and the cliffhanger left me shaking my comic, hoping another few pages would fall out. Mignola is at the height of his powers with Hellboy in Hell; every issue is a revelation. Red isn’t sharing page time with his BPRD buddies any longer, so the focus is exclusively on him. Readers are finally learning about him, and Mignola is a master of peeling away the shrouds covering his secrets, slowly, deliciously, until it’s time to say goodbye for now, come back for more. He weaves Shakespeare and Dickensian references into his tales, and gives us stark, visceral art that hits you right in the gut as an accompaniment. Dave Stewart uses color sparingly and brilliantly – his mottled greys and purples provide a dismal feeling that you’d expect, traveling through the underworld, and then punches you with reds, yellows and oranges to get his point of view across.
There is so much more I want to say about this story, but I’m not one for spoilers. Hellboy #2 hit racks this past Wednesday. Do yourself a favor, go add it to your pull list.
Hellboy in Hell #2
Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Mike Mignola
Cover: Mike Mignola with Dave Stewart
UPC: 7 61568 18635 2 00211
On Sale: January 2, 2013
Publisher: Dark Horse
Diamond ID: NOV120039