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Hellboy Animated Volume 2 by Jim Pascoe
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Jan 01, 12

bookshelves: graphic-novels
Read on January 01, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 2

Two Hellboy stories under one cover. These are stories done in an animated style, and since Hellboy is one of Dark Horse Comics’ top properties, it features contributions from its top comic book creators. The cover is done by Eric Powell (Goon) and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola contributes a pin-up. The stories themselves are done by talent with extensive animation experience. The better to capture that animated vibe. This book is done in a smaller size than the average trade paperback, I assume the target audience for this release is a much younger demographic than the regular comics reader.

The first story The Judgment Bell, which despite the cartoony art, is aimed for older readers because of the blood and violence. It features Hellboy, the Professor and Abe Sapien. It reads and feels like a Hellboy tale from Mignola, so any regular Hellboy reader can enjoy this tale.

The second tale, Mechanical Monsters is a story more appropriate for children, but can still be enjoyed by older readers. It is snippet in to the life of Hellboy when he was a young boy growing up in a military base and raised by Professor Bruttenholm. Like all little boys, Hellboy had a hyperactive imagination while growing up and this often got him into trouble.

Though the book is targeted to young readers, only half the content can be considered appropriate. This is a nice attempt to make more accessible the adventures of Hellboy to non-traditional comic book readers.
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