It feels a bit strange, writing a review of Hellboy Winter Special 2019 when it is 72 degrees outside, but that’s Texas for you, make no mistake. Putting the hell in Hellboy, in my opinion. But, be that as it may, this is one amazing one-shot comic. In true Dark Horse fashion, everything is a bit darker and twisted than what most other comic companies produce. And that, my friends, is why I love almost everything they produce!
In the first story, we are reminded of that old adage that no good deed goes unpunished. For when you stumble onto a ghost cursed to repeat their tragedies, maybe think twice before lending a helping hand. Because not everyone understands that people can perform altruistic acts.
The next tale is one of simple betrayal that takes a hellish turn. Be careful who or what you blame, as there are often repercussions for evil deeds. Additionally, it is often better to err on the side of caution rather than pretend to know what really goes bump in the night.
The final narrative is one that is both sadder and more miserable than the others. In a quest to rid the world of evil, sometimes the acts to do so will weigh heavily upon the soul. This account is one that happened a lifetime ago, but the writer now must be known. Evil comes in all shapes and sizes, often causing distress in the simplest ways. This story felt almost heartbreaking and was, without a doubt, my favorite of the three.
As with many anthology-styled one-shot comic books, this one touches briefly on the known and also takes a look at the unknown. Three very different teams brought their own unique flavor to this and gave the reader a buffet of phenomenal reading. I hope you get a chance to enjoy this offering as much as I did! Thanks for reading, folks.
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!