Hellboy Vol. 8: Darkness Calls

June 23, 2008 | Trades


Hellboy Vol. 8: Darkness Calls
Mike Mignola, Duncan Fegredo
Dark Horse Books
$19.95 US (Paperback)
**** (out of five)

It’s been over 40 years since Hellboy took Baba Yaga’s eye — and she’s finally ready for a little payback.
The eighth volume of Hellboy sees the big, red occult investigator falling prey to group of witches and ending up in the realm of the powerful witch, Baba Yaga, where she’ll stop at nothing to exact vengeance for the wound she suffered back in March 1964.
Tying together many characters and plot threads from past Hellboy adventures, Darkness Calls also breaks new ground as the first Hellboy miniseries not drawn by series creator Mike Mignola. Instead, talented Briton Duncan Fegredo, whose work shares a comfortable kinship to Mignola’s, takes over the art duties, while the creator focuses on the script. While the result may not be quite as pure a “Mignola Hellboy” experience as readers are used to, Darkness Calls fits nicely into the character’s ongoing mythology and it is sure to pique the interest of fans.

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