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book reviews by Althea

Hellboy in Hell Vol 1: The Descent ***

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This volume is a pretty good place to jump into ‘Hellboy,’ seeing as it begins right after his death.
I haven’t really read any of these in years and years, but this really reminded me why I liked them so much. The story is moody and interesting, with plenty of references to history, mythology and literature (a la ‘Sandman’). The graphics are just beautiful – a wonderful sense of composition and the dark color scheme is rich and gorgeous.
Hellboy’s matter-of-fact, bad-ass attitude when faced with high drama is played well.
My one complaint is one I have with most comics: I want more content! More story… it’s over too fast. Still, I really enjoyed this – would recommend.

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