Or will Hellboy be taking another break after it?
Or will Hellboy be taking another break after it?
Perhaps Rachel can hop in here to flesh out any details fit for print at this point, as my facts could be admittedly a tad 'iffy.
Would there just be that amount of time with no Hellboy, or would Mike and Friends give us another 'flashback' story, like The Crooked Man? Also, this is the first I have heard of The Sounding Horn. Please share details Neil, even if they are iffy.
Down in a hole and I dont know if I can be saved
See my heart I decorate it like a grave
You dont understand who they
Thought I was supposed to be
Look at me now a man
Who wont let himself be
Down in a hole, feelin so small
Down in a hole, losin my soul
from memory we are getting "the Sounding Horn" and "the Fall" after "Wild Hunt". but there will be massive gaps between series's and maybe tales set in the past to keep us occupied. Mike has refered to these mini's as a single Fantasy Epic told over multiple volumes. So yes theres more but knowing there's more and having to wait maybe worse than not knowing.
From various interviews the Hellboy comics seem to be scheduled as follows:mattmanw54301
Feb 2009 - Hellboy The Wild Hunt #3
Mar 2009 - Hellboy The Wild Hunt #4
- FOUR MONTH BREAK -
Aug 2009 - Hellboy The Wild Hunt #5
Sep 2009 - Hellboy The Wild Hunt #6
Oct 2009 - Hellboy The Wild Hunt #7
Nov 2009 - Hellboy The Wild Hunt #8
Then Hellboy The Sounding Horn 2010
Then Hellboy The Fall 2011
I read that after the above listed are all finished ... it will have been one giant hellboy story arc .... Darkness Calls being part 1 ... Wild Hunt 2 ... Sounding Horn 3 ... The Fall part 4
they really seem to plan ahead, Mike Mignola has said that he has an ending in mind for the whole Hellboy series and that it is 10 to 15 years down the road
In my opinion one of the things i love the most about hellboy is that it is original creator driven ... all the stories connect because its one creative team ... and that rewards the reader for paying attention for so long ... often time with other companies i read a title i get to enjoy the direction and creative team and then 12 issues later its all over some new guys are in the old guys out ... its very frustrating ... im much happier with good teams staying together for the long haul
But I love right now that we have Duncan doing the art because it feels like there is a big change and some how adds to the stakes/tension/(many other words all different can fit here)
I love Mike's work, obviously, we all do. I just think sometimes it's just good for a book. Hellboy is in good safe hands. ;) If this book goes wrong, it's for the right reasons.
Sorry, I know that was off topic...just popped to mind while reading this thread.
I'm pretty sure we'll see some flashback series and one shots between these major arcs, just like with Crooked Man and Moloch. From what I've seen on the web and in the Letter Col., Mike enjoyed drawing again and will do so soon. It's also likely to see stepped up side stories for characters like LJ and Edward Grey. Just like we got Iron Prometheus and the Abe series between Darkness Calls and Crooked Man.
And however painful, I'll take fewer high quality issues over overproduced titles that swap artists and writers just to get three issues out in a month.
That's what I love about Hellboy comics. It's one man overseeing a carefully chosen, closely-knit creative team that relishes quality over quanity.
I wasn't a comics fan for a long time because of the medium's tendency to have complicated continuities, conflicting editorial directions, and inconsistent art and writing, but Mignola's work, and Dark Horse in general, has none of these problems.
That said, who doesn't love buying 5 X-books a week just because Wolverine is on the cover?
Weren't we told in the Moloch letters collum to expect another Mike drawn one-shot?
I dont recall if it was in that letter column or not but i am 100% sure i read somewhere that Mike wants to do more art ASAP because he had a good experience drawing MolochAngilas-Man Weren't we told in the Moloch letters collum to expect another Mike drawn one-shot?
I think he had stopped because he had a bad experience drawing The Island (you can see all his redrawn frustrated pages in the TPB)
But i bet we will see another one or two Mignola Hellboy One-Shots in the not too distant future
I totally agree that the creator driven content makes this one of the best books on the market. That's why it's the only series I buy issue by issue instead of waiting for the trades. I pick up X-men or Batman trades now and then to get the good stuff and try to skip all the trash, but with BPRD and Hellboy it seems like you're guarantied something good virtually every time you pick up an issue. I also love that there is a definite ending planned for the series (even though I don't want it to end.) It makes everything seem to matter more because it's all going somewhere.
Hellverse and the Goon, yeah.
IDW's Angel? No no no no no no no no no. That book went off the rails quite quickly, and undoes a lot of the great character work done at the end of the TV series. I can deal with the so-so art, but the writing makes me gag. It screams "fanfic."
That's a very fair point, Neil. And it's just my opinion. The Angel comic is, of course, based on a Joss Whedon property, whose characters have a very... distinct way of speaking. It's hard to write Whedonesque dialogue, and quite easy to screw it up. Compared to DH's Buffy Season 8, the writing on IDW's Angel seems real amateur, and like a cash-in to capitalize on the success of Season 8.
Sorry to be negative about a book, especially a non-HB one in a HB forum. It's just that that book irks me in particular. Maybe it's because I've been spoiled by the overall quality in DH books.