- Series: Hellboy
- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (April 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616558970
- ISBN-13: 978-1616558970
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mike Mignola's fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age; reading Dracula at age twelve introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore, from which he has never recovered. Starting in 1982 as a bad inker for Marvel Comics, he swiftly evolved into a not-so-bad artist. By the late 1980s, he had begun to develop his own unique graphic style, with mainstream projects like Cosmic Odyssey and Batman: Gotham by Gaslight. In 1994, he published the first Hellboy series through Dark Horse. There are thirteen Hellboy graphic novels (with more on the way), several spinoff titles (B.P.R.D., Lobster Johnson, Abe Sapien, and Sir Edward Grey: Witchfinder), prose books, animated films, and two live-action films starring Ron Perlman. Along the way he worked on Francis Ford Coppola's film Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), was a production designer for Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001), and was the visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004), and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). Mike's books have earned numerous awards and are published in a great many countries. Mike lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat. The author lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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Considering all of that, I was quite happy when I read the soliciation for HELLBOY IN MEXICO. This volume goes back in time to tell stories set during a "lost period" in Hellboy's history: 1956, to be exact. The BPRD sends Hellboy south of the border to investigate some supernatural phenomena, where he teams up with a trio of luchadores to fight monsters. Something goes wrong, which leads to Hellboy kicking it around Mexico in a drunken haze for several months, and these stories tell what happened. They're always dark, sometimes horrifying... but also funny and even satirical.
All are written by Mignola, and illustrated by a roster of great artists:
Hellboy in Mexico - Illustrated by the great Richard Corben, this is a one-shot that sets up the overall story, told in flashback.
Hellboy versus the Aztec Mummy - Illustrated by Mignola, this short story is a standard Hellboy slugfest, but with an interesting afterword.
Hellboy Gets Married - Yep, it happened, and you can probably guess how it turns out. Illustrated by Mick McMahon.
The Coffin Man & The Coffin Man 2: The Rematch - Two short stories illustrated by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. To help out a little girl, Hellboy goes after a Brujo... and goes after him again.
House of the Living Dead - An original graphic novel, also illustrated by Corben. This is the highlight of the book: an over-the-top homage to classic horror movies in which Hellboy encounters Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and the Wolfman.
This is a delightful collection of stories that reminds me how much fun Hellboy can be. I wasn't keen on the final volume of his regular run, and Hellboy in Hell isn't doing much for me, but HELLBOY IN MEXICO is a welcome shot in the arm.
Hellboy in Mexico--Hellboy and Abe Sapien are stuck in the Mexican desert in 1982. They seek shelter in an abandoned gas station where Abe discovers a picture of Hellboy with some luchedores (Mexican wrestlers). Hellboy tells a story from his 1956 sojourn in Mexico. He went with two other B.P.R.D. agents to investigate some mass killings. Things were horrible and the other two left. Hellboy joined up with a band of luchedores who were already fighting vampires and other monsters. He doesn't know any Spanish but they manage to fight all day and drink all night, until the demons get the better of them. A bittersweet ending was in store, triggering a five-month stay in Mexico that is aptly described as "a drunken blur." The story is a great blend of horror and humor. The art by Richard Corben is distinct from Mignola's style but works very well for the story.
Hellboy versus the Aztec Mummy--Hellboy catches up to a bat-demon and has a big fight with it and a bunch of zombies. There isn't much story here, just plenty of atmospheric fun. The exposition dump at the end is probably unnecessary other than filling out the bottom of the last page.
Hellboy Gets Married--The drunken blur continues as Hellboy follows a mariachi band with a cute senorita in tow. He winds up marrying her though it turns out his beer goggles are exceptionally thick. Big fight ensues. The tale is a bit formulaic for Hellboy but Mignola includes lyrics from a few melancholic Mexican ballads to help set the tone. The weird talking wedding ring/snake is pretty cool too.
The Coffin Man--A small girl bursts into a bar asking help for her uncle. The locals say they buried him yesterday, so what's the deal? She's worried about the Coffin Man, a grave-robbing zombie witch. Hellboy, being a stand-up guy, stands up and head out to help the girl watch over her uncle's grave. This story showcases the weird, made up mythology that Mignola is so good at crafting.
House of the Living Dead--Hellboy has joined the luchedor circuit (mostly for drinking money) when he is called out by a mysterious doctor to fight the doctor's latest creation. That creation turns out to be Frankenstein's monster. The other classic Universal monsters (Dracula and the Wolf Man) show up, making a nice homage to the 1930's films. The story is both fun and melancholic, the classical Mignola blend. The art by Richard Corben follows the Hellboy in Mexico style and makes a nice conclusion to this book.
The book also contains one-page introductions by Mignola discussing the origins of the stories and weird details (who knew that Mexican vampires can turn into turkeys?). The back has various sketches by the artists working on the stories. They are almost all drafts of final art, which I find only mildly interesting. I like it better when they showcase different ideas or show the development of a character's look or style.