Review: Hellboy in Hell #10

HELLBOY IN HELL #10 1Poetry in comic form. That feels like the only way to properly describe this final issue of Hellboy in Hell that wraps up Mike Mignola‘s story focused on Hellboy’s adventure in Hell. This isn’t the quick quipped Hellboy many individuals think of. The comic is a dour one, ending on a sad, borderline depressing note. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Told in a Bard like way, we see Hellboy’s battles in Hell as he confronts the various foes that stand in his way doing what he does best which is kill monsters/demons. Originally designed as a four-part story, this series was shortened making each issue more important and focused, and makes for a more interesting dissection of what Mignola is “saying” in this series. Every issue is now vital in the ramp up to this finale. Each a bread crumb of this final statement.

We as readers bear witness to this, Hellboy’s “final” battles as he wanders around in a desolate, and in many ways empty world. His adventures continue, but in storied form much like one would pass along from generation to generation.

And that story is open for interpretation. It, along with the series, begs to be read, re-read, dissected, and debated over and over. How we each view the series and its themes may vary and we’d all be correct in our own ways. This one is open for interpretation. Much like the originally intentioned endless wandering for Hellboy, the story itself keeps to that original vision.

The art by Mignola and colorist Dave Stewart is hauntingly beautiful. The minimal use of color, and Mignola’s designs add to the morose vibe. It’s a perfect package.

For Whom The Bell Tolls wraps up Hellboy’s adventures and leaves them open too. It is a damn near perfect ending to this series which has been a masterclass in storytelling and art.

Story: Mike Mignola Art: Mike Mignola Colorist: Dave Stewart
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review