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Hellboy died a few years ago, yet his comics live on. Based on how creator Mike Mignola told the story, there were plenty of gaps in his history. That leaves the door open for a slew of interesting tales to fill in those holes. That's what we're getting in February with Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land, a new four-issue mini-series from Dark Horse Comics.

Written by Mignola and Tom Sniegoski, illustrated by Craig Rousseau, colored by Dave Stewart, and lettered by Clem Robins, the comic will explore an untold chapter of Hellboy's childhood. It follows Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm as they're stuck on a strange island after a mishap on their way to a South American dig site. It's here they meet all manner of monsters. The stranger who rescues them turns out to be one of Hellboy's heroes, however that doesn't mean they're safe.

“Awhile back (when you could still do such things) I was at a convention in Boston and ducked out for lunch with Tom Sniegoski,” said Mignola. “Years earlier we co-wrote a more-than-slightly insane novel together, Grim Death and Joe The Electrocuted Criminal, and I brought up the idea of the maybe slightly insane globetrotting adventures of a very young Hellboy. Tom’s eyes lit up, as I kind of knew they would. So there was half the battle won, but we would need a special kind of artist to bring Tom’s madman energy to the page—and artist Craig Rousseau just happens to be that artist. And Craig just happened to be at that same convention, and when I told him the idea his eyes lit up just the way Tom’s had. It was almost too easy, and I’m happy to say the results are everything I could have hoped for.”

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Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land is another look into our red-skinned paranormal investigator’s childhood,” said Sniegoski. “The events in the series take place in May of 1947, before the events depicted in Hellboy: The Midnight Circus. Lighter in tone, Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land is an exhilarating adventure that embraces the thrills and chills of the pulp adventure stories of the 1930s. Mysterious islands, vampire queens, dinosaurs, giant ape gods, and a new and exciting addition to the Hellboy Universe—Scarlett Santiago, the Sky Devil. I’ve always been fascinated by the glimpses into Hellboy’s childhood that Mike has given us, and to be asked to contribute to these stories, along with Mike, Craig, and Dave, is a dream come true.”

“This may sound like a cliché, but as a fan of Hellboy since he arrived in Mike’s very first issue, it’s been an absolute thrill to work on this project with Mike and Tom and Dave,” said artist Craig Rousseau. “Getting to play in this universe with a story so full of over-the-top action, adventure, and fun has been an absolute blast and a career highlight."

Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land will feature main covers by Matt Smith. Mignola and Stewart will provide a variant cover for the first issue, due out on February 17th, 2021. Rachele Aragno, Wylie Beckert, and Anthony Carpenter will illustrate the subsequent variants.

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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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