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"Hellboy Winter Special 2019" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Dark Horse Comics

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Written by Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, and Scott Allie
Illustrated by Mark Laszlo, Leila Del Duca, and Andrea Mutti
Colored by Dave Stewart, Michelle Madsen, and Lee Loughridge
Lettered by Clem Robins
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 15th, 2020

Review:

Gather round, children, for some holiday tales from Hellboy himself. No, he's not going to read us stories about a fat guy coming down the chimney. Instead, we've got a ghostly miser, a Boogam, and the wrath of St. Hagan. These will surely send you to bed with dreams of sugar plums in your head, right?

The Hellboy Winter Special is here with three short stories to warm you up by scaring the crap out of you. This trio presents a nice variety with some action, mystery, and good old-fashioned horror. They all move at a pretty brisk pace yet maintain a fully fleshed-out feel to them.

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Usually collections have high points and low points, but that's not the case here. Each story is pretty solid and in the spirit of not only the winter season, but Hellboy in general. Creator Mike Mignola set a tone years ago when he first made the character and that is maintained throughout this book.

Of course, I have to pick a favorite and that's the opening story, “The Miser's Gift,” written by Mignola, illustrated by Mark Laszlo, colored by Dave Stewart, and lettered by Clem Robins. Laszlo's artwork is very striking, creating a distorted and unsettling feeling from the first page. His characters look a little gnarly, like their trials and tribulations have twisted their bodies. This is especially true for the miser's ghost, an old man hunched over from years carrying a sack of gold coins just for himself.

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The phrase “No good deed goes unpunished” definitely applies in “The Miser's Gift,” as a young man gets a gold coin for helping the old man home, only to be plagued by nightmares afterward. This theme morphs into one about the simple things of just being a good person when he tries to return the coin with the help of Hellboy. This is where Stewart really shines, going from the drab surroundings of an old town full of browns and greys to a fiery ghost bursting with rage.

Even though Hellboy has been dead for some time, there's still a wealth of stories to tell throughout his long life. I'm glad that we continue to get these snippets of supernatural adventure. The possibilities are endless for what else is in store for us. In the case of the Winter Special, it certainly far more entertaining than The Polar Express.

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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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