If you’re a fan of the gothic horror, pulp adventure and/or fantasy genres in comic books, then the holiday season has come early for you. Yes! Happy Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Happy Kwanzaa. Oh! Happy Day, indeed!
Hellboy is back! And fan-favourite writer, artist and creator of that character, Mike Mignola, is back at the helm, driving the big red lug…well, straight to hell, actually. Hey, it’s a destination that Hellboy was always heading.
In addition to the highly anticipated new series, there’s some (a-hem!) hellishly great savings in the Hellboy back catalogue going on right now too – savings you just can’t pass up!
Hellboy was first released upon unsuspecting comic book readers during the late summer of 1993. Simply put, he was a creature from hell, ripped from his homeland and raised on earth to fight all manner of evil under the auspices of The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense – known simply as the B.P.R.D.
In his near twenty years of fictional existence, Hellboy has battled everything from Nazis, demons, devils, folkloric monsters, and Lovecraftian horrors. The character has found his way into mainstream pop-culture consciousness with two enjoyable films from acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro, Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army as well as in animation, video games, a series of novels, a role-playing game, a card game and even a video slot machine game. Whew! The devil makes no work with these hands! Hellboy is truly a creator-owned success story outside the walls of the big two (Marvel Comics and DC Comics) comic book publishing companies.
In his last starring mini series, Hellboy: The Storm and the Fury, Hellboy sacrificed his life for the sake of the world. A true hero! But like all great comic books, the final page of that series promised that the red-skinned (good) demon would return and that original creator Mike Mignola would be the one to bring him back.
Hellboy: In Hell, the first issue out today, is the next chapter. Here, Hellboy is dead and he finds, in hell, many familiar faces – and a waiting throne! We’re promised “the most bizarre depiction of Hell” that we’ve ever seen. That alone is worth making a run to the local comic book store today!
To make this news even better, for a limited time, and for only $100, you can purchase the entire Hellboy back catalogue in the Hellboy Megabundle from Dark Horse Digital to read on your tablet or mobile device. That’s all of the various award-winning Hellboy titles, from his origin to his recent death, in 2,199 glorious pages of storytelling! Over the last two decades, there have been some truly fantastic creators working on Hellboy comics including: Mike Mignola, John Byrne, Duncan Fegredo, P. Craig Russell and so many others. You absolutely can’t go wrong with this purchase! Find it here.
So treat yourself this holiday season. I know you’ve been good all year. You deserve to treat yourself to a lot of hell!
Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!