Hellboy In Hell #2
Writer and Artist: Mike Mignola
Publisher: Dark Horse
I have always enjoyed the Hellboy series for its gritty artwork and dark color palette. The humor is a plus as well. If you have read a few of my other comic reviews, you know I love me some supernatural comics. In this issue, Hellboy is taken on a tour through Pandemonium and shown that he is rightful heir to the throne of hell. I enjoyed the panel progression and how the story was portrayed. Mike Mignola made very interesting choices with his panel contents and that definitely kept me interested. The color dynamic fell short for me; for a Mignola Hellboy, the coloring was more flat than usual. This issue was a little short, but I enjoyed reading it nonetheless. With its references to Macbeth and A Christmas Carol, this issue may not have been the most action-packed issue this week, but the story progression and humor is worth a read. I give this comic 4 out of 5 Nerdskulls.
Writer: A.J. Lieberman
Artist: Colin Lorimer
This issue of Harvest wastes no time! The reader is thrown right into the middle of an operation with the flip of the cover. There are some intense moments and the style in this series has an interesting mix of elements. This is the last issue of this mini-series; it follows Ben and his trouble with the organ trade, while trying to make loose ends meet. As the last issue in the series, it was rushed, and I felt that too many sub-plots were happening for it to all be wrapped up in the last couple of pages. Although, artistically, this comic is beautifully done. If you read the series as a whole, the action and plot line keeps you captivated. Just reading this issue on its lonesome may leave readers confused and totally out of the loop. I suggest reading Harvest as a whole, even though the last issue may not do it complete justice. At the end of this issue, there is a preview of January’s release of Dia De Los Muertos, which will have three issues to it. That was a really cool sneak peek, and I am eager to see that comic released. As for Harvest, I give this issue 3 out of 5 Nerdskulls; I recommend reading the mini-series as a whole, now that the set is complete. If they release it as a trade, go ahead and pick this baby up!