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Hellboy: One-Shots

Hellboy Winter Special 2019

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Mike Mignola! Chris Roberson! Celebrate the season in true Hellboy fashion! Meet a ghostly miser in an alternate reality, fear the Boogam of rural New York, and embrace the wrath of St. Hagan in this trio of occult winter tales! The familiar faces of Hellboy, Sarah Jewell, and the legendary Knights of St. Hagan will help you ring in the new year with all the shivers you can take—and not all of them from the cold! Three short stories in one issue!

28 pages, Kindle Edition

Published January 15, 2020

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Mike Mignola

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Mike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn't remember why) and reading Dracula at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.

In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began working for Marvel Comics, first as a (very terrible) inker and then as an artist on comics like Rocket Raccoon, Alpha Flight and The Hulk. By the late 80s he had begun to develop his signature style (thin lines, clunky shapes and lots of black) and moved onto higher profile commercial projects like Cosmic Odyssey (1988) and Gotham by Gaslight (1989) for DC Comics, and the not-so-commercial Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser (1990) for Marvel. In 1992, he drew the comic book adaptation of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula for Topps Comics.

In 1993, Mike moved to Dark Horse comics and created Hellboy, a half-demon occult detective who may or may not be the Beast of the Apocalypse. While the first story line (Seed of Destruction, 1994) was co-written by John Byrne, Mike has continued writing the series himself. There are, at this moment, 13 Hellboy graphic novel collections (with more on the way), several spin-off titles (B.P.R.D., Lobster Johnson, Abe Sapien and Witchfinder), three anthologies of prose stories, several novels, two animated films and two live-action films staring Ron Perlman. Hellboy has earned numerous comic industry awards and is published in a great many countries.

Mike also created the award-winning comic book The Amazing Screw-on Head and has co-written two novels (Baltimore, or, the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and Joe Golem and the Drowning City) with best-selling author Christopher Golden.

Mike worked (very briefly) with Francis Ford Coppola on his film Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), was a production designer on the Disney film Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) and was visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). He lives somewhere in Southern California with his wife, daughter, a lot of books and a cat.

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417 reviews3 followers
March 10, 2020
I have been a more liberal with my comic pick-ups lately. Not sure what will all make it here, but I thought this one deserved a review.

The main Hellboy writers all contribute a story (Mignola, Roberson, Allie). The nature of compressing the three stories into one comicis probably a disadvantage, as these all could use some room to breathe. Each has the crumb of a good ghost story, and work fine as a vignette, though how much satisfaction you will get depends on your expectations.

Mignola's story is the only one featuring Hellboy come to think of it, and is a simple story. Mark Laszlo's art is atypical for the Mignolaverse but with Stewart's colors, it feels right at home, and the expressiveness really is eye-catching, and feels new but also right at home.

Roberson's story is a nice straight set up-story- plot twist that feels right in the Mignolaverse. Perhaps too simple to a fault, but a decent story for the size in an anthology like this.

Whereas Allie has more ambition, it uses its pages for a big set up, and has to end quickly. Some may find this more satisfying, I thought the hurried end distracted.

Decent art throughout. This is hardly essential, but at the same time, if people are looking for a quick snack-sized portion of the Mignolaverse, they will likely find it satisfying enough.

(Of note, my review is late, but not that late- this "Holiday 2019" Special was released on Jan 15, 2020)
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986 reviews35 followers
February 15, 2020
An okay read! Every now and then I get one of these winter specials, as I got this one as a gift. It's basically just three short stories in the hellboy universe. They were okay overall with regards to story. Hellboy was only in one of them which was disappointing. The art all around was pretty solid overall though.
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57 reviews
May 23, 2023
First story is 110% worth a read, really good especially for only being 10 pages. Love the two characters introduced alongside HB as well.

Second story is really predictable but the monster design was great so I’d say worth a read.

Third story I read twice and still have no idea what happened, but Hellboy wasn’t even in it so I don’t feel like I missed out on too much there.
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537 reviews18 followers
March 12, 2021
Die ersten beiden Geschichten sind erzählerisch nett mit schönen düsternen Bildern. Die letzte Geschichte ist sehr historisch und ich habe sie nicht verstanden.
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