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Hellboy: Darkness Calls #4

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Hellboy: Darkness Calls #4

Credits

  • Words: Mike Mignola
  • Art: Duncan Fegredo
  • Inks: Duncan Fegredo
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • Story Title: N/A
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jul 25, 2007

Hellboy is on the run from Russian legends trying to kill him in the name of the Baba Yaga and even if he survives there may be worse things waiting when he gets home.

Writer Mike Mignola continues to race Hellboy through a strange, mystical landscape that somehow feels like the sum of every Hellboy story to date. If you haven’t been following this story so far, you really need to be.

Hellboy has been thrust into a strange landscape – one where the beings of Russian myth and legend live… and hunt. The Baba Yaga, eager for revenge upon everyone’s favorite demonic paranormal investigator, has unleashed one of those legends on Hellboy’s trail… a legend that cannot die. Lucky for Hellboy he meets magical allies willing to help but even they have their limits. As Hellboy struggles to find his way home some old acquaintances on Earth are doing the witches’ bidding and summoning a new queen for them; one who may be even more powerful and terrifying than Hecate.

For those who are not familiar with Hellboy’s world, picking up Darkness Calls probably seems like starting a book by opening it to the middle and beginning reading. For longtime Hellboy fans, however, this story is increasingly feeling like the culmination of years worth of fascinating stories. The enmity between Hellboy and Baba Yaga is reaching a fevered pitch as, for once, the Baba Yaga has Hellboy on her home turf. Old Hellboy enemies are popping up with increasing frequency as they, too, make their claims of vengeance on the demon with a heart of gold. Along with all of these old enemies there are tough and frightening new ones, including one enemy who may prove to be a match for Hellboy himself!

For those dismayed that Mignola is not also providing the art for this mini-series, there is no reason for that dismay. Artist Duncan Fegredo is such a perfect fit for this story that it is almost frightening. Although there are significant differences in his style from that of Mignola, there are also wonderful similarities. Fegredo shares Mignola’s love of darkness – never shying away from pages drenched in black, with thick, heavy lines. Fegredo also understands the unique look associated with Russian folk art and works aspects of that into his own style here, emphasizing the connections to the source material, as well as the otherworldly sense of the story.

As Darkness Calls roars forward there is a constant feeling of impending change as well as possibly impending doom here. What may happen to Hellboy? What will the outcome of this contest be? At no other time in the character’s history has he been so alone and so deep into hostile territory. Any Hellboy fan would be crazy to let this story pass them by as Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo weave a dark and dense tapestry of magic and mayhem.

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