On January the 10th, from 7-9 pm, READS #25 will be celebrating the upcoming 25th anniversary of comic book legend Mike Mignola’s seminal creation, the half-human half-demon occult detective known affectionately as Hellboy.
Originally appearing as a piece of prototype cover art in Dime Press #4 (1993), Mignola’s multiple Eisner winning Hellboy run has gone on to spawn an equally impressive list of spin-off titles, as well as a host of movie, animation and video game properties.
Yet perhaps what is most compelling about the Hellboy saga is that for nearly a quarter of a century now Mignola has almost singlehandedly written the adventures of Big Red, as well popularising an art style Alan Moore once described as “German expressionism meets Jack Kirby”.
Delving deep into the “Mignola-verse” we’ll be unpacking the satanic tome that is Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom, a diverse collection of Hellboy stories that represent a creative at the height of his artistic powers.
Spanning the life of the titular character, from his halcyon days as a pancake eating youth to his future encounters with gun-toting monkies, Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom is the perfect way to introduce yourself to what is perhaps the greatest comic book creation of the latter 20th century.
Last year it seemed like we had more than one brush with the Apocalypse. Perhaps then it’s fitting to kick-start 2018 with yet another dance with the devil.
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