Itty Bitty Hellboy #1 (of 5)
Writers: Art Baltazar and Franco
Artist: Art Baltazar
Publisher: Dark Horse
I wanted to change up my reviews this week by choosing Itty Bitty Hellboy. I had seen the simplified characters around the internet and wanted to check out the first issue. The art style is very simplistic and cartoon-y, following the adventures of baby Hellboy and his friends. The issue is broken up into short stories while keeping the plot of the overall story intact. I felt that I was getting a two-for-one deal, so to speak, with the mini adventures wrapped into a big picture.
Looking at the clean line and shape Art uses brought me back to watching Kids Next Door and other Cartoon Network series. I think this is a great comic for parents to read with their kids, or anyone who enjoys a clean cartoon style. The goofy situations are innocent and fun; I love how Art illustrated Johann and his containment suit.
This series is perfect for the young audience, making goofy scenarios and jokes that any kid would love. It illustrates simpler times of fort building and pool parties, making Hellboy look cute as ever. This is a great family comic series and I recommend it to anyone whose looking for a kid friendly series to start following.
I am giving Itty Bitty Hellboy 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
Writer: Jason Ciaramella
Artist: Vic Malhotra
Right off the bat I wish this comic would have had an intro excerpt, even if it was only a handful of sentences to catch me up with the story. I wasn’t sure why Ashton was coming after Mal, or why his hatred was so strong. I enjoyed this issue nonetheless; the confrontation between the two characters was powerful and intense. Ashton’s instructional guide to removing thumbs in the middle of the issue may have been misplaced, but had a creepy, humorous tone to it.
Issue three has a strong serial killer movie vibe to it, but that is what made it appealing. The mysterious ending was a little strange and anti-climactic; the horror from the past pages felt short lived. I appreciated that I was reading hints of gore without getting the full-fledged blood splatters and innards.
I’m on the fence about this issue due to its ending and unexplained events.
For now, I am going to give Thumbprint #3, 3.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.