Hellboy: The Midnight Circus ~ Mike Mignola

  • Title: Hellboy:  The Midnight Circus
  • Author: Mike Mignola
  • Artists:  Duncan Fegredo & Dave Stewart
  • Series:  Hellboy
  • Genre: Graphic novel
  • Format: Digital
  • Source: Review Copy
  • Reviewed by: Valerie
  • Rating: 4 out of 5

Description:  Young Hellboy runs away from the B.P.R.D. only to stumble upon a weird and fantastical circus and the few demons from Hell who inhabit it. An original graphic novel in hardcover!

Review:  Still a comic newbie, this was my first exposure to Hellboy outside of the cinema. The story follows the plight of a young Hellboy who wanders away from the protection of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense.

The confused and lonely young Hellboy portrayed in this story was absolutely endearing. The tale did a good job of presenting the quandary of dealing with the potential expectation for evil from both sides. Yet, all the young Hellboy wants is love and acceptance, to be embraced as a real boy, just like Pinocchio.

The artwork is dark, of course, as is fitting to the darkness of the Hellboy story. Yet, the artists did a great job of capturing the wonder and innocence of the young Hellboy. The images carry as much of the story as the writing.

My absolute favorite cell in this book is the final image of the Professor cradling the tired and repentant Hellboy child in his arms after they find the lost boy. It depicts the affection between the Professor and Hellboy, and effectively captures the essence of the story.

I think Hellboy has captured my heart, as he did the Professor’s.