Review by: TheNextChampion

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Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Mike Mignola
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Mike Mignola

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

-It is amazing how Mike Mignola can set the tone with his pencils. A lot of it has to do with Dave Stewart’s colors but I will get to that. Mignola can layout any location to be the creepiest place here. That one page of Hellboy’s Throne looks so menacing thanks in part to how it is drawn in shadow. Mignola’s version of Hell is not full of fire and brimstone (though we see some glimpses of that). It is a cold, dark, and desolate place and it really works to be more unnerving than usual depictions.
-Dave Stewart though really helps with his Eisner Award winning coloring. His uses of purples and black keeps the tone bleak along with Mignola’s pencils. He keeps the throne in shadows, he makes hell look desolate, he helps make Hell look hot with his bright reds and oranges. There isn’t a colorist I want to do a Hellboy comic if his name isn’t Dave Stewart.


-I made this my POTW because of how the art really set the tone for this issue. You can sense the dread in each panel but Mignola and Stewart don’t do much apart from their gorgeous artwork. It says a lot that the final panel of this issue made me tense up like crazy even though Mignola doesn’t do much to warrant such an emotion. For the first POTW of the new year it is a great sign that Hellboy gets the honor for being my favorite comic of the week. Nice to see some variety in great indie comics to start the new year.

Story: 5 - Excellent
Art: 5 - Excellent

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