The GeeksverseHellboy: The Sleeping And The Dead #2

Hellboy: The Sleeping And The Dead #2
Published on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 by

Written by: Mike Mignola
Art by: Scott Hampton
Colored by: Dave Stewart
Lettered by: Clem Robins
Cover Art: Mike Mignola w/ Dave Stewart
Assistant Editor: Daniel Chabon
Associate Editor: Samantha Roberston
Editor: Scott Allie

This issue does a great job illustrating something I’ve always liked about Hellboy. He’s the star of the book, but that doesn’t mean he’s the main drive behind the story. Sometimes he’s the catalyst that serves to start the story, or in this case help it come to a conclusion.

In this second issue, Hellboy frees the trapped young girl and in more ways then one. There’s no big fight like in most books to end it. No Hellboy outbattling the fearsome creature to win the day. He’s just there, serving as the catalyst for the story. And the story is about Mary, who was trapped in a well by her corrupted family and the Vampire Lord they serve.

The first issue told us the tale, the second issue finishes it and comes to a satisfying conclusion. There’s no big fight with the monstrous and tortured Mary, or even a big fight with the vampire. But the end is still satisfying.

Hamptons art has a haunting quality to it. It’s got a beauty to it that fits the story. The monsters appear monstrous and the people are well rendered. Hampton’s Hellboy has the look of Mignolas, carved from stone, but without edges that are as sharp.

Hellboy: The Sleeping And The Dead #2 receives
4 out of 5

A satisfying end to this haunting tale.

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