Hellboy in Hell #7 – Art and story by Mike Mignola, colors by Dave Stewart, and lettering by Clem Robins
This August, in Hellboy in Hell #7, Dark Horse Comics will publish the first chapter of a two-part story, “The Hounds of Pluto.” The story – written and illustrated by Mike Mignola, with colors by Dave Stewart – continues Hellboy’s infernal afterlife adventures. Although Hellboy in Hell #7 won’t be sold on Earth until late August, advance copies have made their way to Hell, and the comic is all the denizens of that bleak realm can talk about. Here is a sampling of the commentary from Hell:
“Hellboy in Hell #7 continues the posthumous fantasy adventures of Hellboy among the damned. The protagonist finds himself dangerously ill and in the company of kind doctors who – unable to help him – refer him to Dr. Hoffmann. Unfortunately, Dr. Hoffmann is threatened by a vengeful adversary, and Hellboy gets caught up in all the commotion.” – Stultus, Infernal Lord of Unsatisfying Summaries Continue reading Advance Review: Hell is Abuzz about HELLBOY IN HELL #7
Hellboy In Hell, Mike Mignola’s maybe temporary swan song for the character’s modern continuity, is one of the most esoteric chapters for a comic that was never afraid to go esoteric. Yet Minglola’s foray’s into dark abstraction have always worked partially because the Hellboy character himself is so grounded, underneath the satanic exterior and oversized Kirby glove, Hellboy is kind of just a dude and that’s endearing within the context of the many off the wall adventures and foes he’s faced with the BPRD. In Hellboy In Hell, Mignola stretched that component of the character to it’s limits but in issue #10, it ultimately ends up working in it’s favor as a heartfelt and satisfying conclusion for the protagonist.
Just explaining the series Hellboy In Hell in itself is relatively difficult as a whole from a plot perspective and the series finale is no different. A strange and borderline surreal story of Hellboy fighting a beast and then retiring to his own special corner of the underworld, the art is the main attraction here as Mignola & colorist Dave Stewart’s visual rendering’s are gorgeous and feel epic in their scope. While it’s difficult to parse out the reasoning behind Hellboy’s final conflict within the context of the entire series other then the obvious that it looks super cool, it’s no less thrilling to experience as a reader. The same goes for the books conclusion that follows the protagonist walking across Hell to his adopted home, a home that encompasses all the happiness the character has earned from the long running epic.
In the end, Hellboy In Hell concludes much as it always existed with both bombast and subtlety. From what started as a convention sketch, Mingola has made one of comics most successful expanded universe’s. As is evident from Hellboy In Hell #10, it’s been his to the very end. That’s a beautiful thing.
Disclosure: Publisher Dark Horse provided a review copy of this comic to Nothing But Comics without any payment between the site and publisher or agreement on the review’s content.
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