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"Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Dark Horse Comics

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Written by Mike Mignola and Thomas Sniegoski
Illustrated by Craig Rousseau
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Clem Robins
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 17th, 2021

Review:

Take a trip back to Hellboy's youth in this new adventure from the past. Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm's trip to investigate an underground Incan city is derailed by a saboteur. The pair end up on an island filled with strange creatures and a mysterious pulsing sound. What kind of horrors await them in this strange new land.

Right off the bat, I love the pint-sized Hellboy. I'm so used to seeing him as this gruff adult, but this book shows that even he was once a wide-eyed kid, excited at the very idea of adventure. This is on full display in the first few pages as he's bouncing around the Professor asking all kinds of questions with a smile on his face. Artist Craig Rousseau gives him this lovable expression that gets your from the jump.

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Letterer Clem Robins drives home just how excited and annoying young Hellboy is as he hits the Professor with tons of questions and ideas. As any parent can tell you, this can be an onslaught of speech and Robins handles this well, not to mention Bruttenholm's exhausted tone.

That innocence is corrupted when another passenger looks to take out Hellboy. You see a shift in the kid's demeanor, like this isn't the first time someone's tried to end his life. It's admirable that he's able to still keep his head up with this constant danger.

There's a Savage Land / Skull Island vibe to where Hellboy and the Professor end up. It has the look and feel of a place lost to time. It's still early on, but considering we see big apes and dinosaurs, that's what I'm thinking. We'll see where writers Mike Mignola and Thomas Sniegoski take this as we're definitely just getting started on this tale.

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Colorist Dave Stewart is an absolute master and Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #1 is just another example of his impressive talents. Tales in the Mignolaverse can often appear dark and gloomy, but that's not the case here. This book is bright. It's bursting with color. It has the mood of an all-ages title, although you'd probably think twice before reading this comic with your kid. Hellboy's red skin stands out on the page, constantly drawing your eye to him as a focal point for the entire story. When they get to the island, it's filled with lush greens and blues. It's a paradise, although there are monsters lurking within.

Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #1 perfectly captures the feeling of fun and adventure tinged with horror as seen in movies like The Goonies and The Monster Squad. The dangers are real yet still manageable and there's a good amount of mystery to keep us entertained. Let's see where this goes next.

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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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