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Hellboy: The Fury #1

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Hellboy: The Fury #1

Credits

  • Words: Mike Mignola
  • Art: Duncan Fegredo
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • Story Title: The Fury
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jun 1, 2011

Advertised as the culmination of Mignola and Fegredo’s work since 2007’s Darkness Calls, The Fury wastes no time delivering on all of the setup built in previous stories, sometimes even referencing events that took place in the first Hellboy story, Seed of Destruction. For longtime Hellboy fans, this action-packed, plot-heavy issue delivers.

Mignola follows Hellboy as he ascends the castle of Nimue, who recently transformed from Queen of Witches to the Goddess of War, and attempts to slay said nemesis. Hellboy has paid high prices to get this far, including his right eye, and wastes little time laying waste to an army of ghoulish animal-like creatures. Despite the grim circumstances, a hint of humor naturally finds its way into the story as a group of witches debate whether the hooded man with one eye and a hammer for a hand is Odin or Thor.

Mignola interweaves Hellboy’s plight with another tale that follows Alice Monaghan and her struggle to figure out what to do with King Arthur’s golden sword. While Hellboy fighting monsters would normally take the cake for the more exciting story, Alice steals the show as a flashback shows the mystical journey taken by a young man in World War I. Stewart’s colors change from harsh blacks and reds to soft browns, greens, and blues, and Fegredo shows off that he can draw the grassy vistas of Britain just as well as a shadowy castle full of hideous creatures.

Both stories work off one another to create a masterful rhythm. Alice’s story culminates in a glorious plot twist that gives the readers just what they want to see, but when the last beat falls on Hellboy, the carpet gets pulled out from under him in a devastating way. Mignola’s excellent sense of pacing, tension, and spectacle make for a heart-pounding issue with big consequences for the larger Hellboy mythology.

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