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We begin in Budapest, 1989. A man tells Hellboy and the Professor about a time he got lost in town and found himself on a street he’d never seen before. There, he saw an old man struggling to move his large bag of gold coins home. The man helped the old miser and was given a gold coin that’s been haunting him ever since. Hellboy and the Professor offer to help.
We then join a pair of detectives at the Braithwood Mountain Inn in 1924 New York. They speak of the Braithwood Boogam and propose how it is responsible for the murder they are investigating.
Finally, we are given the journal of Johannes Von Berg in the year 1412. He explains his part in the Order of Saint Hagan and their career of hunting monsters. He also explains how he regrets participating in the Order.
The Hellboy Winter Special 2019 brings us a trio of tall tales taking place at different times and places in the world of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.
Each story is solid, without a weak one in the bunch. The first is a relatively feel-good story focusing on Hellboy saving someone from the cursed fortune of a ghostly miser. No shooting or fighting needed; they find a way to put the miser at peace.
The second is more of a violent morality play, with the two detectives finding a way to use the tale of the Braithwood Boogam to reveal a killer…then dispose of a killer.
Finally, Johannes Von Berg’s journal reveals how truly gruesome monster hunting can become.
Mark Laszlo, Leila del Luca, and Andrea Mutti are artists on this trio of stories, and each one looks quite good. The first brings a unique and textured aesthetic, the second brings an appropriately grim, yet somewhat soft visuals, and the third is fittingly gritty. Dave Stewart, Michelle Madsen, and Lee Loughridge each bring an atmospheric and appealing color palette to the comic.
Hellboy Winter Special 2019 is an enjoyable return to the Mignolaverse which brings an excellent trio of stories of supernatural hauntings and dangers. This one easily earns a recommendation. Give it a read.
Hellboy Winter Special 2019 comes to us from writers Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, and Scott Allie, artists Mark Laszlo, Leila del Luca, and Andrea Mutti, color artists Dave Stewart, Michelle Madsen, and Lee Loughridge, letterer Clem Robins, and cover artist Mike Mignola with Dave Stewart.
Final Score: 9/10
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