Hellboy: Makoma #2


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Hellboy: Makoma #2


  • Words: Mike Mignola
  • Art: Mike Mignola and Richard Corben
  • Inks: Mike Mignola and Richard Corben
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • Story Title: Hellboy: Makoma (or, A Tale Told by a Mummy in the New York City Explorers? Club on August 16, 1993)
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Mar 1, 2006

The mummy’s tale comes to an end, but what does it mean for Hellboy?

Mike Mignola has sent a warning shot across the bow of Hellboy fans with this miniseries. Hellboy’s world is changing, as is Mignola’s writing style and, while it might seem impossible, both are getting better!

In this second and final installment of the series, readers are returned to ancient Africa and the legend of Makoma. The title character continues his quest, facing more dangers and defeating more evil before arriving at the end of the world. It is here that we finally see and understand what Makoma’s journey has been for. What Hellboy may take away from all of this, however, remains a mystery.

A long time Hellboy fan, I have yet to be disappointed by one of Mike Mignola’s stories. I already considered him as having reached a pinnacle of writing talent. He has proven me wrong though, showing a new side to his writing skills by deftly turning an African folktale into a Hellboy story. Not only that, he managed to make it a story that would seem to hold great portent for the character. There is a greater use of lyricism here, as well as a bit of touching sentiment. Not to worry, there are still plenty of fight scenes and dashes of Hellboy’s trademark humor.

Artist Richard Corben again handles most of the penciling duties in this issue with Mignola providing a 3-page capstone to the issue. Corben’s art is perfect for this series since Mignola is not tapping the gothic horror vein. There are definitely folk influences in Corben’s art and it is also obvious that he has done his homework in capturing the African landscape, its people, their styles of dress, and buildings. Although Corben and Mignola have vastly different art styles, the two work well in the context of the story. Mignola’s contribution is as distinctive as always and a pleasure to see again.

Hellboy: Makoma is a must-read for any true fan of the character. This miniseries serves to show that the character and his creator are growing, changing and evolving, and that is something not to be missed. Mignola is taking Hellboy on a journey, so grab your bag and come along.

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