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Hellboy, Vol. 8: Darkness Calls Paperback – May 13, 2008
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Fear not, Hellboy fans. This story will not let you down, and by the end of it you'll be thrilled to know that Fegredo is staying on the book for a long time, virtually guaranteeing more Hellboy issues per year. It has been announced that the epic story beginning in Darkness Calls will continue through several more miniseries. Surely a story with such scope and duration may never have happened if we waited for Mike to draw them all.
Fegredo is good, but, it is defiantly a step down from Mignola's work. Fortunately, Mignola continues the writing duties, which may well be the only reason the book really works.
Fegredo does his best to emulate Mignola's art style, and the book retains the limited color pallet common to the series. Unfortunately his art, which, while quite good, is also quite cluttered, and would probably benefit from a broader selection of colors. What his art lacks is the elegant surrealism that Mignola creates. The story itself retains every bit of Mignola's flavor, style and pacing.
If your primary interest in Mignola's work is in his writing, then this is every bit as good as what came before, as Hellboy explores a world of Russian folklore. If your love for the series comes primarily from his art, then expect to be disappointed. It's still Hellboy, but, somehow it feels less fluid then you've come to expect over the last 14 years.
That would be my main criticism, actually: Fegredo doesn't have the same sort of "leading" style that Mignola does, so it can be a challenge to know where the artist wants you to look. That interferes with the flow of the comic a little, and makes the circumstances of the initial conflict a little confusing.
Also, as much as Hellboy hates it, his adversaries usually talk more! The Council of Witches don't explicitly state what their problem is, and Gruagach (Hellboy: The Corpse) is vague as can be about what he's lugging around in that box. It's a little reminiscent of a short-lived Guy Davis project, the noir-superheroic "Nevermen", in that you have to read very closely, and even then, you have to infer some details.
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour through Russian history, though, and Mignola indulges us with a fight scene that, reminiscent of "The Wolves of Saint August" from The Chained Coffin and Other Stories (vol. 3), takes many pages indeed to come to a proper resolution. It's worth it, though: we get a stronger sense of the forces at work, and, as always, we see mythological figures taking themselves way too seriously. A delight!
The art is also very well done; a good compromise between the new artists style and sort of a spiritual continuation of Mignola's thick shadows and simplicity. The characters look and feel like themselves, and only occasionally do they start to feel a bit cluttered. A very solid step that does a good job of filling the shoes of a giant, and I greatly look forward to seeing more of his work on the series.
This is one of the most breakneck and riviting collections in the entire hellboy series. I feel like I cheated it the first time through because I had to turn the page to know. I'm not sure if it surpasses Conqueror Worm as my favorite, but it is a wonderful volume if you've been following the story. It's a terrible introduction though, since there is so much history that is necessary to really understand the events unfolding.