Hellboy: Winter Special #1

Hellboy: Winter Special #1

Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Chelsea Cain, Scott Allie Artist: Michael Walsh, Michael Avon Oeming, Tim Sale Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 27, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 2
7.7Critic Rating
7.0User Rating

Best-selling novelist Chelsea Cain writes and Michael Avon Oeming draws the first of three snowbound stories. Then Tim Sale visits Mignola’s prehistoric mythology, and in a lead-in to the upcoming issues of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953, Hellboy explores a haunted mine in the barren wastes of Wyoming.

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Mark Hassenfratz Jan 31, 2016

    This special delivered its four dollars'worth by cramming a ton of great art and storytelling into one comic. It's a lot of fun to read, and I love the winter theme. I'll be reading this until Spring rolls around and re-reading in in joyful anticipation before the 2017 Hellboy Winter Special. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Jan 27, 2016

    Over the course of five stories you get to see the world's of the Mignola-verse in all its variety. If you have ever wondered what the fuss is about regarding Hellboy and his gang, this is a great opportunity for you to dip your toe in. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 28, 2016

    If you need a quick Hellboy fix, you could do far worse than picking up this one-shot anthology issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jan 28, 2016

    This collection of short vignettes from some of the best in the business read like spooky campfire stories from three different periods. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Mark Tweedale Jan 29, 2016

    Obviously, this was great. Can we please make this an annual tradition? That'd be awesome. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jan 31, 2016

    A variety of creators leads to some interesting productions in this short story collection. A must-have for fans of Hellboy and a curious sampling for the uninitiated. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Feb 23, 2016

    Earlier Hellboy comic books were known for their convictive short stories, but we don’t get that degree of intensity here. Even so, there are more good things than there are bad in this issue. With any Hellboy comic book, I’ll give it a shot, since I love Hellboy. If you’re a fan, too, and want a few quick stories to satisfy your Hellboy craving, this is it. I would have loved to see Hellboy a bit more, but this is a great issue nonetheless, so I definitely recommend checking it out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Jan 27, 2016

    Despite the impressive display of artistic capabilities, none of these Hellboy stories reached the full potential of the character, and almost all relied on similar tropes. A winter collection is a fun idea, but for this one, I'd wait to see what's in store for spring. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 29, 2016

    Dean Rankine closes the book down with a two-page Lobster Johnson joke; this is an example of a short that really is just a punch line waiting to happen, but that works well. It knows what it's aiming for and jumps right in with gusto. In the end, it's a nice silly note to end the comic on. Ultimately, there's more things to like than not here, but it is a shame that two of the three main shorts didn't live up to their potential. Early "Hellboy" comics were known for their strong short stories, and that pedigree isn't accurately reflected here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 30, 2016

    Anthologies are always a tricky proposition. "Hellboy: Winter Special" offers three short stories and one two-page story. They showcase a wide range of writers and artists and mostly center around Mike Mignola creations, two contain Hellboy. There isn't a dud in the bunch, but there isn't anything too memorable either. This is a decent read for four bucks if you like Hellboy and other Mike Mignola ideas. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    BrightestDaycare.com Feb 2, 2016

    I liked reading these short stories, but they just didn’t really jump out at me. Seeing Mignola, Oeming and Tim Sale all working on the book was neat, and I liked how different each of the stories looked. But I just couldn’t get myself to really LOVE reading this book. It looked neat, but the story stories felt too, I guess the word is, short. It just felt like the stories rushed a bit too much. Things looked nice, so maybe going back and re-reading it will make them flow a little better if I take my time to really pour over the pages. But just reading casually I felt like I finished the book too soon. I like that these books are made periodically, because it allows new readers to jump into Hellboy and BPRD and Abe Sapien and Lobster Johnson and all the Mignolaverse titles that have a pretty hefty back catalogue of stories to get into.

  • 7.0
    Houdini Feb 29, 2016

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