‘Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #1’ - Advance Comic Book Review

The Young Hellboy adventure is exactly that: a four-part comic book series geared towards young adult readers. A youthful, but no less impactful, Hellboy crash-lands on a mysterious island with his caretaker, Professor Bruttenholm. At this age, Hellboy is excitable and looking for adventure, and he - as well as the reader - will get plenty of that with giant crabs, gorilla-like creators, and the appearance of an unexpected ally!

Mike Mignola and Thomas Sniegoski are here to sweep you away on an Indiana Jones-like ride that's really fun. For someone who has likely read every standalone Hellboy comic, the stakes here aren’t terribly high, but that isn’t the point. This is a serial; I can imagine it being performed on the radio back in the 1940s, popping off the pages of a John Carter book, or coming to life in a Howling Commandos comic. The joy is in which terrible thing our characters will come across next and how they will get out of it.  This is a really great way to introduce Hellboy to younger readers!

The script is fast paced, and the art is a lot of fun. Hellboy regulars Dave Stewart and Clem Robins bring, as they always do, their A-game to the colors and lettering.

Hellboy could have ended with the Goes to Hell storyline (It was a truly potent piece of storytelling.), but I think Mignola realized the power that his character holds for readers. I think he understands that he has created something that matters just as much to himself as to his fans, and I’m happy he hasn’t let it go. Every time that I see the that red face grace the cover of a comic book, I get excited. And to see Mignola take the character on different journeys with a myriad of creative talents really helps to keep things fresh. Four weeks until issue #2 comes out? I’ll be chomping at the bit!


Creative Team: Mike Mignola and Thomas Sniegoski (script), Craig Rousseau (art), Dave Stewart (colors), Clem Robbins (letters), Katii O’Brien (editor), Jenny Blenk (assistant editor), Patrick Satterfield (designer), Ann Gray (digital art technician)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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