Published on March 17th, 2021 | by The Riz0
Young Hellboy is the new comic property George Lucas, Steve Spielberg and Guillermo del Toro should be putting money towards when movies can happen again.
Ever consider the childhood antics of a hellspawn? Ever consider the antics of a hellspawn groomed / raised / created to be an action-based avatar protecting humanity and the Nether Realms from all manners of diabolical forces?
No? Me neither.
Luckily for comic fans, Mike Mignola considered the childhood antics of an action-based avatar hell-spawn’s childhood then took the extra time to turn it into a comic!
Mike Mignola, legendary comic writer and artist, and creator of the iconic character Hellboy, has co-scripted Young Hellboy with Thomas Sniekgoski (The Fallen) a four part miniseries glimpsing into Hellboy’s early adventures.
Young Hellboy follows Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm in 1943 as they are travelling to a South American archeological dig only to find themselves stranded on a mysterious island with giant monkeys, dinosaurs, quicksand, and any other adventure island trope that can be opposition in 1943!
The story moves at a quick pace with a classic action / adventure movie feel combined with clean, cartoony, 1970s Saturday morning cartoon artwork; imagine Johnny Quest meets the original King Kong on Jurassic Park. With that in mind, Young Hellboy would be a great Errol Flynn-era inspired George Lucas / Steve Spielberg joint with Guillermo del Toro directing, just putting that out into the universe….
Not seeing Mignola’s distinct art style rendering his famous character’s signature aesthetic may seem unusual at first glance. For Young Hellboy’s classic adventure tone, Craig Rousseau‘s art is a great contribution to giving Hellboy a younger “childlike” sense while increasing the improbable action stakes!
For a fun adventure read with surprising twists, check out Young Hellboy and have your unconsidered questions answered!
**Young Hellboy is a four issue Dark Horse mini-series available now**