Friday, July 16, 2010

The Hellboy Project: Hellboy Vol. 9: The Wild Hunt

Written by Mike Mignola
Art by Duncan Fegredo

I think this may be my favourite of all the Hellboy series I've been reading.  This eight-parter brings together so many disparate plot elements and characters from the earliest days of this character's history to the most recent, and reveals how so many things that have seemed random since the story started were actually planned and intentional.

Hellboy learns a great deal about himself in this series, as he is once again informed of his destiny, and decides once again to chart his own path instead.  What makes this interesting is that it's no so much his paternal heritage and destiny that is at the centre of the story, it is his mother's bloodline that has made him more unique than anyone would have guessed.

This volume makes use of a great deal of Arthurian legend, and has an appearance by Morgan LeFay.  I have always enjoyed the way in which Mignola weaves legend and folklore into his stories, but the amount of King Arthur stuff was unexpected.

Fegredo does an amazing job of bringing Mignola's vision to life.  He gives us a faithful rendering of the characters, but there is an element of controlled chaos in his art that I enjoy a lot.

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