So here we are one year before Lionsgate officially releases the ‘Hellboy’ Reboot based on Mike Mignola’s popular Dark Horse Comics character. Hellboy which will hit theaters on January 11, 2019. So, while we wait, we get just in time for the holidays Hellboy Krampusnacht #1, written by mastermind Mike Mignola and drawn by Adam Hughes.
The story starts out as just a normal Hellboy story. Our well-meaning half-demon has been dispatched by B.P.R.D to conduct a paranormal investigation of a disturbance at a church in 1975 Austria. His investigation eventually leads him to the home of Willhelm Schulze an old man who lives in the woods.
Here is where the mastermind of Mignola’s goes to work. To my surprise Willhelm Schulze was an actual person. He’s was a scientist in fact, and between 1974 and 1978, Schulze and his colleagues carried out a study at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover University in Germany on Sheep. You see they were attempting to identify the best was to slaughter animals by taking an objective approach to identifying the pain produced by captive bolt pistol stunning versus ritual (knife) methods of slaughtering Sheep. His conclusion? Using the ritual knife was better than using the captive bolt pistol.
Why did Molinga bother using that name? Well at quick glance this is just a good but dark story of Helboy versus another demon. But by adding the Schulze character this becomes a brilliant tapestry utilizing the mythology of different cultures.
The sub-textual understanding of the character is not necessary to enjoy the issue; however, Mike Molinga and Adam Hughes have delivered a set of aesthetically pleasing pages with minute details in each panel that makes the conclusion all the more heart tugging.
Full disclosure I have always been a fan of Hellboy, and if Adam Hughes is drawing a cover much less the interior art, you know I’m going to dig deep in the piggy bank. Hellboy Krampusnacht #1 will definitely find interest from fans outside of normal comic readers, and I could definitely envision this inspiring a future script.
I would recommend picking up a copy of issues # 1 when it hits stores for the read; however, the fact that the cover and the interior art are done by Adam Hughes, and low estimated print run make it a logical speculation pick because Adam Hughes fans will want to have this in their collection. Hellboy Krampusnacht #1 has a cover C issue drawn by Hughes that is completely black and white that is absolutely daunting and probably the best of his most recent work. Out of 5 stars I give it a 5.
Written by; Mike Mignola
Art by, Adam Hughes
Published by; Dark Horse Comics