Comic Review: Hellboy: The Midnight Circus

Hellboy: The Midnight Circus
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Mike Mignola
Art by Duncan Fegredo
Colors by Dave Stewart
Cover by Mike Mignola
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Cover Price: $14.99

Something wicked this way comes, and it augers ill-portent for a young Hellboy in Hellboy: The Midnight Circus.

The previous story about the young Hellboy proved to be rather touching, and this one evokes a similar feeling. There’s something inherently sad about a child seeking to belong, to have a family, especially when it’s an orphaned child (which Hellboy is, demonic origin notwithstanding).

Without spoiling too much, we briefly revisit the story of Pinocchio, whose situation is made poetically similar to Hellboy’s, and from there, descend into a nightmarish, midnight circus, operated by characters who clearly have a strong knowledge of, and seemingly cryptic connections to, our young hero.

Was it all a dream? Was it real?

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