Tag Archive: Mike Mignola

Frankenstein Underground 2 (April 2015)

Besides the art–I mean, who doesn’t want to see Frankenstein’s monster fight a dinosaur–there’s not much going for this issue of Frankenstein Underground. The villains do villainous things for a page, but not… Continue reading

Frankenstein Underground 1 (March 2015)

With the first issue of Frankenstein Underground, writer Mike Mignola signals something special about the comic. He gets how to write the Creature. He understands how he needs the Creature to function in… Continue reading

Swamp Thing Annual 5 (June 1989)

Neil Gaiman sure does think he’s an inventive writer. The third person narration of the annual’s feature is exceptionally annoying but damn if Gaiman doesn’t write good dialogue. He tries too hard to… Continue reading

Ka-Zar the Savage 28 (October 1983)

Mike Carlin takes over the writing reins and does a fine job. He handles Shanna’s personal crisis well, though he doesn’t stick with it as long as Jones would have. And Carlin’s Ka-Zar… Continue reading

Hellboy: Seed of Destruction 4 (June 1994)

Rasputin still doesn’t get identified by name—but based on all the expository dialogue, it’s surprising Hellboy couldn’t figure it out. I guess he never took any history classes. The series winds down with… Continue reading

Hellboy: Seed of Destruction 3 (May 1994)

Adams (sorry, starting with him again, I know) must intentionally draw bad faces. Everything else is so detailed… faces not. So it’s a choice. A bad one, but a choice. Mignola and Byrne… Continue reading

Hellboy: Seed of Destruction 2 (April 1994)

You know, if Adams stuck to the way he draws in medium long shots… he’d make a good comic strip artist. Sorry to talk about the Monkeyman backup, but I thought I should… Continue reading

Hellboy: Seed of Destruction 1 (March 1994)

All right, so Mignola and Byrne conceive Hellboy as sort of a hard boiled detective. Not in the content so much, but in the first person narration Byrne writes for him. It also… Continue reading

Dark Horse Presents 151 (February 2000)

Mignola’s Hellboy is inexplicably pointless. Hellboy’s sort of the main character, but it’s really this secret group of people out to… kill him? Study him? Mignola never specifies and it makes the ending flop.… Continue reading

Dark Horse Presents Annual 1999 (August 1999)

It’s a “theme” annual—characters in their youths. It opens with Wagner, Chin and Wong on Xena. The art’s a little rough, but Wagner’s writing is solid. Mignola’s Hellboy is adorable (as young Hellboy… Continue reading

Dark Horse Presents 142 (April 1999)

Presents does Lovecraft homage; they do it well. The weakest is Mignola’s Dr. Gosburo Coffin (with Sook on art). It’s basically just standard Mignola (sure, there’s some Lovecraft influence, but the whole thing… Continue reading

Dark Horse Presents Annual 1998 (September 1998)

The annual opens with Mignola doing a retelling of Hellboy‘s origin. I guess it’s all right. Kind of pointless, but fine. Weissman finally gets a two page Phineas Page and shows why he… Continue reading

Dark Horse Presents 107 (March 1996)

I’ll start with the worst—Devil Chef. Pollock threatens a second installment. He can draw, this story shows, he just choses not to. It’s an unfunny strip with a lot of details and zero… Continue reading

Dark Horse Presents 100 2 (August 1995)

The opening Hellboy story has, just on the surface, one major problem. Hellboy wrote Abe a letter, the text of that letter is the story’s narration. Hellboy writes letters where he sounds like… Continue reading

Dark Horse Presents 100 0 (July 1995)

This teaser for Dark Horse Presents 100 has some great stuff in it… but it also has some unbearably long entries. Chadwick’s Concrete—though it’s always fun to read Concrete assuming the worst about… Continue reading

Dark Horse Presents 91 (November 1994)

You know, Mignola doing a fight scene isn’t particular impressive. In fact, Hellboy had a fairly boring finish. Mignola tries to maintain the minimalist tone for the fight and so the fight is… Continue reading

Dark Horse Presents 90 (October 1994)

Mignola looks good in black and white. There are some very effective panels in Hellboy. The writing helps. He knows when to write and when to just let the art do its work.… Continue reading

Dark Horse Presents 89 (September 1994)

This issue features something I never wanted to see… a Paleolove pin-up from Davis. You can tear it out and put bad art up on your wall. His artwork is really weak for… Continue reading

Dark Horse Presents 88 (August 1994)

Is this issue the first appearance of Hellboy? I think it might be my first full Hellboy (not B.P.R.D.) story. It’s good, but Mignola does something weird with the conclusion. He sets the… Continue reading

B.P.R.D.: 1947 5 (November 2009)

Ok, so the whole thing was all about the Professor paying more attention to Hellboy? I mean, obviously, it can’t have been, what with little Hellboy only appearing in four of the five… Continue reading

B.P.R.D.: 1947 4 (October 2009)

It’s almost over. I’m going to make it! (I never thought I’d be making that comment about something Dysart wrote). This issue has less to recommend it than the previous one and it… Continue reading

B.P.R.D.: 1947 3 (September 2009)

I wish I’d timed how long it took to read that issue. I’m sure I’d be disappointed. Here, at the end of issue three, I’m to where the first issue should have been… Continue reading

B.P.R.D.: 1947 2 (August 2009)

There’s no setting. It’s messing up the pacing. As much as I dislike comparing one thing to another for the purpose of a “review,” it’s pretty clear this series is breezing by because… Continue reading

B.P.R.D.: 1947 1 (July 2009)

I don’t have an opinion yet. Of the story, I mean. The art is wonderful, obviously, it’s Bá and Moon. But the story… is a pickle. It’s not the Professor’s story, it’s the… Continue reading

B.P.R.D.: 1946 5 (May 2008)

Mignola, Dysart and Azaceta pull it off. They don’t exactly pull it off the way I expected (I’d forgotten the conclusion) but they still come through. Instead of doing something collected, they go… Continue reading

B.P.R.D.: 1946 4 (April 2008)

I’m going to have a hard time on this response. There are monster gorillas at the end. Monster, cybernetic, Nazi gorillas. It must have been murder waiting for the final issue. The thing… Continue reading

B.P.R.D.: 1946 3 (March 2008)

And, after the glorious response to the previous issue, this one…. It’s a very confusing, all action issue. The writers now expect the reader to remember all the disposal army guys, but additionally… Continue reading

B.P.R.D.: 1946 2 (February 2008)

The cartography of this issue is simple. It opens in this secret Nazi asylum, then they go to a bar, then they go to a house, then they go back to the asylum.… Continue reading

B.P.R.D.: 1946 1 (January 2008)

I’ve read this series before and mostly remember it (no, I don’t), but I’m shocked how little reaction there is from the Professor over his Russian counterpart, Varvara (who’s apparently a little girl).… Continue reading

The Incredible Hulk 312 (October 1985)

What a goofy comic book. It’s the Hulk’s origin again (I’m not sure if it’s the first time the abusive father has been included but I imagine Mantlo came up with the idea… Continue reading