That picture of Hellboy up there was released as a limited edition print a few years ago. Stephe and I both hammered ebay until we could get our grubby little hands on a couple.
Because we both love Hellboy and the simple idea of him busting up monsters in Mexico with a luchador was, and still is, awesome.
So when I saw that Dark Horse Comics
was going to collect the various stories outlining Hellboy's 1956 "lost weekend" in Mexico I was stoked.
I opened it up this morning and didn't stop reading until I was, sadly, done.
Hellboy in Mexico
collects five different stories published by Dark Horse from 2010-2016. They were written by Mike Mignola with art from Mignola, Richard Corben, Mick McMahon,Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba.
Putting Hellboy into what was essentially a Lucha Libre movie was genius. The character fits perfectly into the genre.
If you're unfamiliar with that genre, Mexico has a long history of movies featuring popular luchadors like El Santo and Blue Demon fighting menances (menacei?) like vampires, mummies and aliens in medium to low budget action movies. The Mexican people ate these movies up and it elevated the luchadors to legitimate box office draws in their home country.
So, from the moment Abe Sapien finds a picture of Hellboy with a trio of similarly clad luchadors on the wall of an abandoned cantina until we see Hellboy stumble out of that cantina in the final pages of the collection, we are thrust into a series of stories wherein our hero faces off with those same types of threats, only in the most Hellboy way possible.
Hell, Hellboy even has a match against Frankenstein's monster that was directly related to that iconic character's appearance in the Mignola-verse in Frankenstein Underground.
I can say without fear of contradiction, this is, hands down, my favorite Hellboy collection...EVER.
Hellboy in Mexico is available now. Get it now!