Wednesday, April 16, 2008

New Hellboy Day

Helboy Library Edition Vol. 1

Oh man, this edition is nice. Clothbound, hardcover, oversized.... The art and color reproduction are primo. The price is $50, and well worth it.

And in case you weren't a follower, Hellboy is just a damn fine comic. Stories are built around adventure and discovery, framed by oddity, horror, and irreverent quirk. Beasties and demons play many a role (my favorite parts), and oftentimes the outcomes of the titular hero's adventure boils down to just another hard luck ending. The mythos is set up slowly but steadily, smartly extending from the base premise of Hellboy's origin and eventual employer: the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Great supporting cast, too.

And Mignola's art? Yeah.

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