Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil
After the wordless intro simulating the camera panning into the old movie theater I was sold already, because I'm a big Hellboy fan but I'm an even bigger Richard Corben fan and seeing his take on Hellboy again is an automatic win right there.
The movie theater of the dead double-feature frames two "Tales From the Crypt"-type stories that feel like something straight out of the past, from EC Comics' early days, also informed by Corben's style.
This one-shot follows closely on the heels of the Hellboy/Beasts of Burden one-shot that was a solid ten for me. Only the fact that the second story felt a little slight to me, as though Hellboy were more a spectator in his own story, prevents me from giving this book a perfect score as well. It's a minor qualm though, so:
QUESTION FOR MIKE MIGNOLA:
Do you think one-shots like this one and the Beast of Burden crossover can be read in isolation from the greater Hellboy continuity? In other words, if one is several trade paperbacks behind in one's Hellboy reading, can a person read these one-shots before they are caught up with the regular book?
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