Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hellboy: House of the Living Dead

In this new original hardcover from Dark Horse, Hellboy wrestles luchadores in Mexico, there's a Frankenstein's Monster, a werewolf, demons, and almost a vampire. Almost. Seriously, why wouldn't you want to read this book?

It's a direct continuation of the "In Mexico" one-shot from last year, which just as House of the Living Dead, featured a collaboration between two of my most favorite creators currently working in comics, Mike Mignola and Richard Corben. Mignola of course is the creator of Hellboy and the BPRD, and should be a stranger to absolutely nobody. Richard Corben however, is a little more obscure of a reference, sadly even to most comic book fans. He's done work for all the major publishers, but it's because of his affinity for horror comics, like Hellblazer, Steve Niles and Rob Zombie's Bigfoot, and of course Hellboy. He has a bit of a different style, but I dig it.

House of the Living Dead is a fairly quick read for a $15 hardcover, but the story is so much fun, I couldn't pass it up. Plus if you've read "In Mexico", you'll probably be interested in seeing where the story goes. There's nothing in the way of extra material, like you'd find in a trade paperback, this is strictly just the story. While it's not mandatory to have read "In Mexico" prior to reading this, I would recommend tracking down a copy to get the full tale. Unless you're a Hellboy completionist, or die hard Mignola/Corben fan (I'm guilty on both counts) it's hard for me to recommend picking up the hardcover on House of the Living Dead. It will likely either be released at a cheaper price as a softcover at some point soon, or collected in one of the next Hellboy trades, and that might be a better bet for most people. Still, it's definitely a fun read, and worth it for the story and art.

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