Hellboy In Hell #7 Review

As I mentioned in our preview of Hellboy In Hell #7, Dark Horse has sent out review copies. Apparently, the effort is to drum up orders for the new story, “The Hounds of Pluto.” Yes, I know it’s hard to believe that Dark Horse needs to drum up orders for Hellboy, but from the preview pages, this looked to be the type of book that should be promoted in this way.

Is it worth the hype, though? Comics don’t fare too well with us when they’re hyped up a lot by the publisher.

hellboy in hell 7HELLBOY IN HELL #7

Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Mike Mignola
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Mike Mignola
Publication Date:August 26, 2015
FC, 32 pages / $2.99

“The Hounds of Pluto” Part 1 of 2.

A sickness eats away at Hellboy. Though he’s dead, he risks losing himself and becoming one of the hollow phantoms that haunt Hell. A team of doctors promise a cure, but they need something from him first . . .

Preview:

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Review:
Dark Horse promoted that this was some of the best work of Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart‘s work together on Hellboy. In the opening pages, with Hellboy having a vision of his new reality now that he’s dead, it certainly is. Dave Stewart shines as the pages are given a watercolor feel. The pages are absolutely gorgeous.

When we get to the point of the story where the real story exists, we are given the familiar broad areas of rich black that Mike Mignola and Hellboy have established as the comic’s style. It works well, as Mignola’s storytelling is excellent and works well for this story. The story itself actually puts Hellboy in mortal peril, and given that we’ve seen him die and go to Hell, it’s a believable peril that Hellboy visibly feels. When the monster is revealed that is threatening Hellboy’s existence, it is suitably threatening, and we only need to see it once.

Hellboy’s appearance might be nowhere near as physically imposing as you’ve come to expect, especially if you’ve been following Hellboy since the beginning. The older, slouchier appearance works very well given the tone of the story. It’s physically obvious that Hellboy isn’t handling being dead very well, and a lot of that is what makes the first few pages such a good read.

Should you have your local comic shop order it for you? Of course, especially when you consider that it’s only $2.99. When Marvel and DC are publishing comics with price tags approaching $5.00, a great book that’s only three bucks is definitely worth supporting.