HELLBOY: WEIRD TALES Hellboy -- part Indiana Jones, part Satan-spawned Hulk -- and his occult hero pals star in this short-story anthology by various top talents. "Big-Top-Hell-Boy" showcases… Fiction Dark Horse Comics
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HELLBOY: WEIRD TALES

EW's GRADE
B

Details Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Hellboy -- part Indiana Jones, part Satan-spawned Hulk -- and his occult hero pals star in this short-story anthology by various top talents. ''Big-Top-Hell-Boy'' showcases Captain America penciler John Cassaday's crisp artistry, yet the spectral circus yarn is a ghostly imitation of his superior Planetary work. Best of the creepy lot is ''Children of the Black Mound,'' written by Fabian Nicieza and drawn by Stefano Raffaele, wherein Joseph Stalin has a formative encounter with Hellboy foil Baba Yaga. A must for fans of Mike Mignola's retro-cool creation -- but newcomers beware.

Originally posted Feb 21, 2003 Published in issue #696-697 Feb 21, 2003 Order article reprints