Mike Mignola (Dark Horse Comics Titan BookSl

Come the inevitable apocalypse that will follow Bush Jr's numb- brained foray into the one ceiintry his old Pa didn't manage to get a swindler's hold on. we may need a few superheroes on our side to get you through that endless barrage of hijacks and viral cluster bombs.

Hellboy could be the reSLilt of an ultra violent love tryst between Jack Kirby and Stan Lee's orange brick- man. the Thing. and Alan Moore's morose eco-warrior. Swamp Thing. But he's not. He's the son of the Devil. turned good. taught by the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defence to fight weird supernatural eVil wherever he finds it. If yOLi missed the original strip in the Dark Horse irregular series then redemption maybe at hand in these three superb new volumes that highlight the glimmering majesty of Mignola's gorgeous artwork.

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