Sunday, February 24, 2013

Why Hellboy?

Why Hellboy?

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.


  1. Hellboy/Frankenstein: To Kill the Unkillable

    Okay. So, this is a DC cross-over between Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. and Hellboy. Both dudes had teamed up to rid the world of Solomon Grundy who had once again risen from the dead and started wrecking stuff. They are in a city location, in the park. There are cars destroyed everywhere, trees, benches and whatnot. Also some dead people. At this point, Grundy had just killed Frankenstein's Bride by tearing her apart.

    Panel 1
    Close-up on Solomon Grundy's face.

    CAPTION: Solomon Grundy, born on a Monday.

    Panel 2
    Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., is standing in an agressive stance, carrying a sword on his right hand. He is shouting and looks really angry. Beside Frank is Hellboy, who himself is also carrying a sword. Both of them look beat up, their clothes torn.


    CAPTION: Christened on a stark and stormy Tuesday.

    Panel 3
    Frank is running, leaving Hellboy behind.


    HELLBOY: Frank! Hold up!

    CAPTION: Married on a gray and grisly Wednesday.

    Panel 4
    Frankenstein is shoved away with a sweep of Grundy's arm and he flies.

    CAPTION: Took ill on a mild and mellow Thursday.

    Panel 5
    Hellboy gets kicked in the face.

    CAPTION: Got worse on a bright and breezy Friday.

    Panel 6
    Frankenstein is on his knees trying to get up, shaking off Grundy's previous blow. He is shouting.

    FRANK: I've killed you countless times before.
    (link) I will kill you again!

    CAPTION: Died on a gay and glorious Saturday.

    Panel 7
    Grundy's POV. His hand is holding up Frank's neck, choking him. Behind Frank, Hellboy is trying to get up, his face is wildly concerned for his friend. Also, visible in the shot, is half of Bride's head and her torso.

    GRUNDY (Offshot): No.

    HELLBOY: Frank!

    CAPTION: Burried on a baking, blistering Sunday.

    Panel 8
    Grundy is holding up Frankenstein above his head while Hellboy sticks a sword right through his gut.


    CAPTION: Is this finally the end of Solomon Grundy?

    1. I am a big fan of Frank so you had me with his involvement. This is a big story concept which I really like and the team up of hellboy and Frank is super cool. My only thought is this reads more like a Frank story than a Hellboy story. Cool page though.

    2. Another effective melding of several universe's worth of characters with Hellboy.


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