Hellboy: The Sleeping and the Dead #1

Comic book, 2011

Run-of-the-mill Hellboy story (monster bother someone, Hellboy learn about monster, Hellboy smash monster) is kind of ruined by Scott Hampton’s art. His renderings of Hellboy are clearly copied from old Mignola-drawn issues, even going so far as to use the same source material for different panels in the same issue. Seems weird that Dark Horse would let that slip through, knowing how attentive Hellboy readers are. What’s not Hellboy is photo-traced. The effect achieved is stiff, lifeless, and hard to even comprehend in some places. Hellboy artists are supposed to be great renderers AND cartoonists. 2.5

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