Recently, because I can’t sit still for a strait twenty minutes without being distracted, I started reading a series of comics that I’ve wanted to pick up for a while now; Hellboy. The first issue was written in August 1993 by Mike Mignola and published by Dark Horse comics, and just ended on June 1st this year. I was kind of sad because I finished the comic a few weeks ago only to realize that the main series had just ended this year. All the same, I loved reading the comic all the way through and I wanted to share parts of it that I absolutely loved in the comic.
One of my favorite parts was reading short comics that showed Hellboy as a kid. It was entertaining to go through the comic and becoming used to this huge grumpy tough guy to a small kid who's constantly unsure of himself. I mean who could say no to this?
I really think that they did a good job to humanize his character, Ironically, with the fact that he wasn’t. We could even see him growing up with uncertainty of whether or not he is a good person.
He often remarks in the beginning of how he doesn't want to know, that he can simply ignore the fact that he’s different. And when he does find out his destiny in life, he ignores it. He denies any claim or proposal presented to him.
In both a prestigious setting that shows him as larger than what anyone as planned for him,
and in a less glorified manner...
His character is interesting the way that he internalizes all of his conflicts. His approach to dealing with all of his problems in the begging of the is comic was to ignore them rather than face them.
The comic also does a really good job of building who Hellboy is as a person. When he talks to Rodger, he insists that he has his own freedom to choose. Hellboy doesn't have to give into some higher power or accept what he was created for, Hellboy is set on his belief that someone can choose to live their life the way that they want. His character is set in the belief that sheer willpower alone will get you through whatever is said can't be done.
I love how I can read through the comic and find moments of pure emotion, and on the other hand be sheer comedy. This comic series has some of the funniest moments to me personally. Especially the Comic called "pancakes"
There are so many great instances in the comics where it captures the whole picture of the comic.
The Hellboy series has to be one of my favorite series so far with its language, lore, and character development that blooms over the course of the story. I encourage anyone who might be interested to go and read it!
All art and pictures are from the Hellboy series created by Mike Mignola and published by Dark Horse Comics.