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.
GOD 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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