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Hellboy: The Fury #2

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Hellboy: The Fury #2

Credits

  • Words: Mike Mignola
  • Art: Duncan Fegredo
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jul 13, 2011

Hellboy has an all-out brawl with the Dragon, Ogdru Jahad, as the entire world starts to crumble. Little happens in the form of plot progression, but all of the talk about the Apocalypse and destruction that the Dragon would bring to Earth is fully realized in horrific detail.

The story starts with the undeniably macabre arrival of the Four Horsemen sickeningly dreamed up by Mignola and Fegredo. War, Pestilence, and Famine are a terrifying sight to behold, but Death’s quiet solo appearance strikes a grave chord capable of inducing chills.

The main conflict features Hellboy beating the, well, hell out of the Dragon. Fegredo makes each punch with Hellboy’s oversized fist feel harder and more devastating than the last. Just looking at it will make your knuckles hurt. Curiously, the Dragon narrates the battle in caption boxes – noting how foolish Hellboy is to put up a fight when the Dragon is beyond space, time, etc. – but then Hellboy yells for the Dragon to shut up. Does Hellboy break the fourth wall by being aware of the caption? Or was the letterer supposed to use word balloons instead of caption boxes? This makes for a tiny bump in an otherwise impeccably paced issue.

Another highlight is the montage of destruction caused by the Dragon’s arrival. The spirit of King Arthur’s gleaming white knights clash against War’s monstrous horde;  various famous landmarks are blasted apart by lightning bolts powerful enough to make Zeus jealous; and a scene showing the witches of England suspended dead in the water is as tragic as it is beautiful. Fegredo is in top form, and he’s not even at the finale yet.

All of this goes down as a young woman provides a viewpoint for some smaller moments as she runs around with that innkeeper lady who always seems to speak in prophecy. She runs into a few older characters, which is a nice tip of the hat to longtime readers, but her purpose in the story has been largely for exposition and triggering a deus ex machina. Regardless, Mignola uses her effectively as she uncovers Hellboy’s true role in all of this chaos.

With the world seemingly coming to an end and Hellboy facing off against a self-proclaimed unbeatable foe, this issue satisfyingly sets up the final installment in The Fury.

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