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More one shots! I DO love these little bite-size pieces of the comic world. . .
HELLBOY: DOUBLE FEATURE OF EVIL (Dark Horse)
This one shot presents two stories. . .A haunted house that forces the occupants to bring it victims and a man who calls on the wrong in an Egyptian museum. . .with a framing device of them being movies shown to an audience of the dead in an abandoned movie theater.
Both stories are brilliantly illustrated by one of the true masters of horror comics, Richard Corben, and the art is worth the price of admission (heh) alone.
Likewise, both of the stories are well written by Mike Mignola, but the first is more enjoyable. The second story only fills a few pages and feels very rushed, but it's not bad at all. . .just very short.
Overall, this is a fantastic collaboration between two comic legends and is quality work from cover to cover. Very well done.
Two shots! Longer than a one shot, shorter than a mini! Do they even make these any more?
Let's do this!
HELLBOY: THE ISLAND (Dark Horse)- read more
I just noticed that 3 out of the 4 "Two Shots" I have at hand are from Dark Horse Comics. I wonder if the two issue story was one of their "things". I never really noticed it before.
ANYWAY. . .
Two-shots! More than a one-shot, less than a mini. Let's do this!- read more
I have a lot of one-shots in my collection. They're probably my favorite kind of comic book. Not that I don't like following a character month to month, but there's definitely something to be said for having a complete story in one issue. No cliffhangers. No waiting. Just a single compact piece of comic book goodness. I decided to throw some one shots into the Longbox Junk mix for the next few entries before I go back to complete runs and mini-series. . .
HELLBOY: 2017 WINTER SPECIAL (Dark Horse)
First off. What an absolutely fantastic cover!
There are three short unconnected stories in this special, let's take a look at them individually. . .
THE GREAT BLIZZARD: This story doesn't feature Hellboy or any of the B.P.R.D. characters, but some characters I'm unfamiliar with who seem to be paranormal investigators in the 1800's (David Grey and Sarah Jewell). The art is very nicely done on this one, and the dialogue between the characters is snappy. The story itself is a little disappointing, but I wouldn't mind finding out more about these new characters.
REST YE MERRY: A tale set at Christmas in the 1950's starring Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm versus a possessed Santa Claus. It's played for laughs and the art isn't great. . .very cartoony. I got a chuckle out of Hellboy getting an ugly sweater for Christmas, though. Probably the worst of the three, but not terrible.
THE LAST WITCH OF FAIRFIELD: Now HERE'S some good Hellboy. The classic team of Hellboy, Abe Sapien, and Liz Sherman tracking down some lost children and coming in conflict with a witch. The ending is a chilling reminder that when it comes to the supernatural, sometimes when you win, you still lose. The best of the bunch with a great story and great art by the same artist who did that fantastic cover.
All in all, I really enjoyed this one shot. The middle story was pretty light, but that didn't drag the whole thing down.
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