I could list off dozens of reasons. Hundreds.
I could talk about Mike Mignola's brilliant writing, his gorgeous art, or his phenomenal world building.
I could go into Hellboy's intricate and detailed history, his unique personality, or even just how badass he looks with his trench coat and giant stone right hand.
I could rattle on about the character's roots in classic pulp, horror, folklore, and any number of other genres and styles.
I could go on about all of this and much, much more, but you probably know a lot of this already. So instead, I'll tell you about what Hellboy means to me. I only really got into comics in a big way in university. I don't know if I was trying to make up for lost time, but I gobbled up anything and everything I could get my hands on. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a heck of a lot of this ended up being superhero books.
Now don't get me wrong, I have nothing against superheroes. They're still a pretty substantial part of my weekly pull. But they're only a small part of the much larger comic book whole, you know?
Hellboy is the comic that taught me that. Cracking open Seed of Destruction for the first time turned me onto all sorts of possibilities in comics that I simply hadn't considered beforehand. It was different. It was challenging. Most of all, it was amazing.
I think it's safe to say that Hellboy is a lot of things to a lot of people. Let's take this opportunity to explore some of those.