It’s the 13th month of the year (Editor’s Note: No, it’s actually the 10th), and the witching-y day approaches! In honor of All-Hallow’s day, as any snotty 10-year old will try to correct you to, Nerdcenaries is doing a special countdown of spooky comics. For the next 13 days until Halloween, I’ll be talking about one scaaaaaary issue or original Graphic Novel per day, to get you in the proper mood (Editor’s Note: the proper mood is murder.) Here’s the third!:
Hellboy: House of the Living Dead
Written by Mike Mignola
Drawn by Richard Corben
Colored by Dave Stewart
If I tried to do a list of spooky comics and didn’t mention at least one Hellboy comic, then I’d really just be wasting everyone’s time. There’s a reason Mike Mignola is a household name when it comes to horror in comics, and it’s because he’s really freaking good at understanding how a comic can be scary in ways that are different from a movie. In this comic, Hellboy fights the Big 3 monsters we all love, plus a Vampire Luchadore, and if you don’t like that, then happiness must just be a foreign emotion to you.
Richard Corben draws this one, and he’s brilliant at exaggerating body types and faces to enhance the emotion of a scene. Even better, his inhuman-looking humans make the surreal monster scenes even more shocking, as the entire setting becomes a nightmare world wherein even the seemingly-normal people are monstrous. Finally, Dave Stewart colors this, and besides being generally phenomanal, also has a nice turquoise-gray motif he uses throughout that really improves some already nice art. Buy this comic! It’s a one-shot story by three really talented people, and has your favorite Universal Monsters! (Unless your favorites are The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Mummy, or the Invisible Man. Then you’re shit out of luck).
Fun Fact: I didn’t know until I read this comic: Kevin Nowlan designed the distinctive Hellboy logo. Maybe that’s common knowledge, but hey! Now I know. And maybe you do too!