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Posted 12 December 2016 - 05:17 PM

I didn't hate it. There wasn't a lot to it, but the ghost monkey was pretty neat. I am thinking that weird monkeys have been used a bit too much in Hellboy history though. I guess that's one of the tropes of the book.
Hellboy and the BPRD hasn't been setting my excitement levels tingling (they're like Spidey sense, but for exciting comic books) from the start, to be honest. At least it's been a better book than BPRD or Abe Sapien ended up being after "Hell on Earth" began.
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Posted 26 January 2017 - 09:26 PM

The Hellboy Winter Special 2017 was almost as disappointing as the one from last year. I'm not sure why this book goes so wrong every time, considering that short stories used to be some of the best Hellboy tales.
I did enjoy the first story, which was an Edward Grey, Witchfinder story.
The second story made little sense, and I wasn't a fan of the artwork. It wasn't a good story anyway.
The third story, a BPRD flashback tale, was left unresolved. I'm not sure if it was meant to play in a larger story or what, but I didn't think so. It was an inconsequential story anyway.
Relatively similar to last year, although I liked one of the stories in this one, whereas I remember not finding any really redeeming plots from the last one. I seem to remember a nonsensical and an incomplete story included with the last one too, so Mignola must be going with that as the routine.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 03:08 PM

The Visitor 2 was a slight bit better than 1. "Yes, dear". I was cracking up.


And the latest Hellboy and the BPRD was a better offering than the last for sure. 2 parter, had a little bit more going on there.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 04:53 PM

Yes, I wanted to wait for the second part of the newest Hellboy and the BPRD to really comment, but I did enjoy this first chapter. I learned something about Chinese afterlife customs, as I did not realize that they felt that the dead needed cash in the afterlife. Talk about Hell! You want to die to get away from shite like that, not have to worry about how to get cash after you're dead too.

I'm still not sold on the Visitor yet. Yes, the second issue was an improvement over the first, since it felt like things were actually moving in the plot. However, I want to find out about this mysterious alien race who have been around since the early days of Hellboy. That was supposed to be the point of this mini-series, and so far, there has been zero amount of that. I'm hoping this will change by next issue, as the Visitor hinted that his race had a dark past. Although, at this point, I find myself often questioning Mignola's abilities. If this were a few years back, I'd be assured that Mignola was going to come through on anything he was involved with, but since "Hell on Earth", I'm usually disappointed by Mignola's books.
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 06:34 PM

I agree. Doesn't he have a co-writer on a lot of stuff now? Seems like he's phoning it in.

As far as cash for the dead, isn't that why we used to put coins on the eyes? For paying charon?
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Posted 04 April 2017 - 07:15 PM

Yeah, you had to pay the ferryman....but, that was just to take the trip over the two rivers of the dead. A few bits to get in to the afterlife doesn't sound like too big of a pain. After that, you didn't need to worry about no stinkin' cash anymore.

He's had co-writers for a number of years now, with only certain books getting his full attention (Hellboy proper).
It all just got worse in recent years.
He had John Arcudi as his main co-writer for a while, but recently has switched to using Chris Robertson as his new co-writer. It doesn't seem to have improved on the problems.
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 02:44 AM

Ive always had the impression that the co-writer was really just the writer and all Mignola just lent his name and maybe some plot points to those books
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Posted 05 April 2017 - 12:24 PM

I think you are right, Dave.
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Posted 20 April 2017 - 06:50 PM

Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea-I'm of two minds about this graphic novel. I did enjoy it, after a slow start. However, it ends so abruptly, that the plot ends up feeling quite thin. This should have been (and would have worked better as) a double-sized one-shot, rather than an over-priced hardcover. The artwork is beautiful, of course. I've found that it seems more and more that Mignola is more interested in showing off different artists in his Hellboy Universe titles, rather than being concerned with the story anymore. There is a good story in this graphic novel, but it feels like it's rushed through very quickly, which isn't what you want in a $15 book.
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 12:51 PM

Visitor #4 was really pretty good.
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 05:49 PM

Eh, it wasn't what I was expecting to get from this series.
The ending of #4 was quite emotional, I will definitely give the book that.
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 06:11 PM

Really seems like Hellboy as a whole is running out of steam.
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 06:27 PM

Yeah, it has been for a long time, since the "Hell on Earth" stuff started in BPRD, really. Mignola lost all direction for the books. It started to read more like a better-written and better-drawn Spawn, in that McFarlane promised that he had an end point he was going towards in Spawn, and then the comic just kept going and going and going, meandering all around, seemingly with no direction. Mignola promised that the world was really going to end. Well, he stretched it out and stretched it out, and then decided that he was going to break his promise, and after years of wasting time on the BPRD: Hell on Earth book, the world did not actually end.
Now, starting in June, Joe Golem will be the only Mignola book currently being published, which doesn't even take place in the Hellboy Universe. So, where is it all going?
It'd probably be best if Mignola did take an extended break, and decide if he really want to return to these characters.
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 07:20 PM

I think Lobster Johnson will still have titles coming out, no?
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 07:36 PM

I just meant the current Lobster Johnson mini-series wrapped up this week, and I'm not sure when another one is scheduled at this point.
I'm sure Mignola will probably return to Lobster and Hellboy and the BPRD books again at some point, at the very least.
Baltimore and the Visitor will both see their current mini-series final issues ship in June. I haven't heard about any other Mignola books starting anytime soon. So, that will just leave Joe Golem as a monthly book from Mignola for the time being (it's five issues). So, unless Mignola has plans for more up-coming mini-series, we could see a Mignola-less comic book field for the first in years. Before that, Mignola had a comic series shipping four times a month.

I am really bored by Lobster Johnson, by the way. I'm not sure why I'm even still reading that title. It hasn't interested me in a long time. The first two mini-series were good, but after that, it just felt like Mignola was going through the motions, because it's an easy plot for him to churn out whenever he feels like it.
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Posted 01 June 2017 - 08:13 PM

Ah, gotcha. And the last few Hellboy and the BPRD rags were just fluff. $4 pieces of fluff
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Posted 02 June 2017 - 01:54 AM

I third the Mignola *yawn* which is sad. Fell from a great height.
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 08:59 PM

Well, as I assumed, Mike Mignola is coming back again in August.
The continuation of the present-day BPRD saga will pick up again with The Devil You Know mini-series.
Hellboy and the BPRD will be back with another story....although, this one sounds interesting to me, as it features Bigfoot.
Lobster Johnson will have a one-shot, taking place in Tokyo.
Plus, Mike Mignola has a new graphic novel unconnected to the Hellboy Universe, something to do with vampires again.
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