There’s a lot of comics out there dealing with the supernatural, but Hellboy has always been one of the best. I’ve read every Hellboy issue up until this point and I’m hard pressed to recall an issue or story arc I didn’t find genuinely entertaining. Hellboy in Hell #5 is another great entry to the Hellboy mythos, presenting an old tale in a new way.
This issue’s main plot is based upon the Brothers Grimm tale, The Devil and His Grandmother. I’m not going to explain what the story is about as it would spoil the issue, because the two tales are almost identical with a few minor changes here and there. This folklore aspect of Hellboy has always been a favorite of mine, with Mignola pulling from many different tales from a wide aspect of different cultures. Mignola is able to take so many differing folklores and combine them all into one big, working universe. The story given in this issue is seemingly simplistic, and could almost be seen as a one shot, but the setting of Hell makes it all the more important to Hellboy. The collapse of Hell is becoming more and more apparent, even if only being noted by a conversation between the Devil and his grandmother.
I’m enjoying Mignola being on art duties again. Shadows are a very big part of Mignola’s artwork, and it’s appropriate to have him depicting Hell as so desolate and empty. I have no problem with Fegredo or Corben on art duties, but Mignola grasps this universe he’s created so well that his depictions are my number one choice when it comes to Hellboy.
Hellboy in Hell doesn’t provide any enormous revelations, but hints at events happening in Hell, and produces an entertaining spin on an old tale with Hellboy’s involvement. I’ve been a fan of Hellboy since I first read Seed of Destruction, and I’m really interested to see where Hellboy in Hell takes the character from here on out.
Verdict : 8.5/10
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About the Author - Radd Roberson
Radd Roberson lives and works in Gainesville, FL. Yes, that's his real name. Stop asking. He's had a beard for as long as he can remember, because if not, he takes on the appearance of a small man child. He lives with two dogs, a dachshund and corgi (weakness for stubby little legs). He enjoys video games, football (especially the fantasy kind), and hockey, but most of all, comic books. Sweet, sweet comic books.
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