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Hellboy in Hell Volume 1: The Descent Paperback – June 3, 2014
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Mike Mignola was born in 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland, the eldest son of a tough and leathery cabinetmaker. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn't remember why) and reading Dracula at age 12 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.
Besides comic books, Mike worked on Francis Ford Coppola's film Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), as a production designer for the Disney film Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) and was the Visual Consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008).
Mike lives somewhere in Southern California with his wife, daughter and cat. The author lives in Los Angeles, CA..
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We find out so much about Hellboy in this tale. Where he's from, and some more ideas about what his destiny is. We also find out the fate of another character, that was also a fighter against evil forces.
One long standing villain dies, but in a very Dues Ex Machina way. A bit contrived. You don't see it coming. That's my only real gripe.
I don't want to give any hints. You won't regret buying this book.
Hellboy. The demon that forged his own path to be more than a prophecy, more than what light or dark chose for him to be...to be his own man....er demon rather. When we last saw him however, he had given his life to save the world. And for the first time he is returning to his father’s world. But the world is not all that it’s cracked up to be and Hellboy’s fight has not yet ended. Even though he has declared his intentions not to take the throne of hell itself, he must fight off others that would want it...and will kill Hellboy to do so. And before it is done, he must kill the Lord of the Underworld himself, if he is to have any peace for a time.
It’s hard to believe but Hellboy has been with us since March of 1994. In the twenty years he’s been around, Mike Mignola, has told us Hellboy’s story and expanded the universe to include other characters and groups. Both Hellboy and Mignola have influenced the larger world of comics, with the thick blocky line illustration and characters that stand on the edge of a knife, constantly battling their darker nature in the fight to save the world that hates them. And this maybe the best volume of Hellboy yet. Here we get to see Hellboy from his birth to his father’s intentions for him to why Hellboy has the power that he does. Mike returned to his roots and did the writing and illustrations for this volume, so it is classic Hellboy style from the master. This a great storyline and great chance to see Hellboy for who he is without anyone else surrounding him and of course it has some nice inside jokes and references. Oh and one of my favorite parts is the backmatter, where Mignola showcases some of his sketches and notes and other drawings. In this one he has some humorous little commentary next to the bug creatures including “Hello. I am a bug.” It just made me laugh a bit.
If you’re a fan of Hellboy then this is a must read. And if you’ve never ventured into the Hellboy universe at all, this is a good one to pick up and learn about the Hellboy universe. I give the book 4 out of 5 stars.