Name: Andy Barnes


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    April 11, 2017 5:41 pm You know, it seems like you guys do the no-marriage/no-kids-for-superheroes rant every time Josh is out. It's suspicious. I mean, you don't have to be a psychologist to make assumptions.
    June 5, 2016 10:39 pm I don't think you guys are as lost as you think on the plot of "Hellboy in Hell", because it was pretty basic. Hellboy has been told over and over that one day he would rule Hell and lead its armies to Earth to trigger the apocalypse. We obviously knew he wasn't going to do that, because he's been breaking his own horns off of his head since "Seed of Destruction." But he does conquer Hell while he's at it. It turns out that the whole thing is an anti-climax, because the monsters and demons of myth and legend have been rotting down there a long time. He quickly dispatches Satan and then roams around Hell hunting down all of Satan's lieutenants. When they're all dead, he finds a quiet, peaceful corner of Hell to rest in. He's Hell's conqueror, but not its ruler. But what you guys DID miss, which is a huge part of the emotional impact of the ending is the references to "The Magician and the Snake." If you've never read "The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects," then you need to read that right now. Talk about story telling and comedic timing in comic book form... It's one of the best collections of comic books short stories ever imo. Anyway, in brief, the story of "The Magician and the Snake" is that the Magician makes three solid objects disappear to impress a king and become known as the greatest magician in the world. His friend the snake is thrilled until the magician tells him that some day the shapes will reappear and on that day the Magician will die. They decide to live life to the fullest in the meantime, but one day the shapes do reappear in the sky and the snake rages at them from the pinnacle of a tower. Mignola says his daughter came up with this story when she was seven. It's hard not to read it as a child's way of dealing with the concept of death, and if the magician is anyone, it's her father, who as an artist, of course, is a master of shapes. Connecting the dots, when I turned the page and saw those three shapes hovering there, I felt like the snake.