Images © Mike Mignola.
This collection, number 11, steps out of Hellboy continuity a bit to offer several shorter works that were issued as short series, one-shots or in one case a short story for a newspaper. They’re all written by Mignola, and he does the art on the short story. The rest have terrific art by some top talents. Richard Corben does two, Scott Hampton and Kevin Nowlan each do one. Subject matter ranges from Mexican wrestlers fighting monsters (and eventually Hellboy of course), a house that eats people, an Egyptian alligator god, a family of vampires in which the youngest child is the most dangerous, a demon from hell with an ancient curse, witchcraft and monsters, and in Kevin Nowlan’s story a fun mix of cows, pigs and aliens.
I loved all the art, but I think my favorite is that of Scott Hampton, who I thought did a particularly fine job with Hellboy as well as the vampires. Spooky stuff. All the art is great, really.