Hellboy: Winter Special: 2019 #1

Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Scott Allie Artist: Mark Laszlo, Leila Del Duca, Andrea Mutti Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 15, 2020 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 2
8.5Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Celebrate the season in true Hellboy fashion!

Meet a ghostly miser in an alternate reality, fear the Boogam of rural New York, and embrace the wrath of St. Hagan in this trio of occult winter tales! The familiar faces of Hellboy, Sarah Jewell, and the legendary Knights of St. Hagan will help you ring in the new year with all the shivers you can take-and not all of them from the cold!

o Three short stories in one issue!

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - William Pace Feb 9, 2020

    This was a perfect one-shot comic for many reasons, one of the biggest was this book has re-readability. I've read it five times as of today. It was fun, entertaining, intelligent, and intriguing tall tales. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Jan 15, 2020

    A perfect sampler for new readers, the Winter Special is a looked forward to tradition for long time readers to dive back into Hellboys world. Short stories is arguably where Hellboy shines and these three are no exception. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Chris O'Connor Jan 16, 2020

    I often find that with most comics the standard size isn't enough to convey a story completely enough to feel satisfying, story elements are left unfinished to entice you to read on to the next issue and beyond. In this comic not only do we get three different stories but they all feel complete and not lacking at all. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 15, 2020

    A priest recalls his life in service of stopping evil before he succumbs to his own death. He tells the story of a hunt for an evil that preyed on those close to his home and when he and his brothers took up arms to track down the beast, they find something unexpected. This is a very short story and the ambivalence of its ending bothered me when I first read it. It's a fine story that seems to be building to something interesting, but it falls flat right at the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Sequential Planet - Alexander Cole Jan 21, 2020

    I really enjoyed this book. The art ranges from solid to great across the 3 shorts and the writing is spectacular aside from "The longest night" but even that one is simply generic rather than outright bad. The main characters in the first and third stories were brilliant too. It's really amazing how much a good writer can make you care about a character within a handful of pages. This book might even end up a contender for my best issue of 2020 at the end of the year. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 15, 2020

    All in all, the first story is the best. The second story was decent and the last wasn't my favorite. It is still a decent enough entry into this universe and I liked this comic. The first story, again, is the best reason for reading this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 14, 2020

    Overall, this is a good one-shot with a great Hellboy story and two clever stories following that. If you're a fan of storytelling in general, don't miss this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Feb 3, 2020

    Even though Hellboy has been dead for some time, there's still a wealth of stories to tell throughout his long life. I'm glad that we continue to get these snippets of supernatural adventure. The possibilities are endless for what else is in store for us. In the case of the Winter Special, it certainly far more entertaining than The Polar Express. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jan 15, 2020

    The quality of storytelling and love of folklore present in each ensures readers won't be let down by a single entry, and will likely find something they'll want to return to during future winter seasons. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Mark Tweedale Jan 15, 2020

    All three stories in 2018's Winter Special felt complete. 2019's Special gave us two stories that mainly existed as teasers, and while they certainly worked as teasers, it does put a cap on how much satisfaction a reader can get from them. That said, seeing Lszl, del Duca, and Mutti doing such fantastic work makes the "Hellboy Winter Special 2019" absolutely worth it. Read Full Review

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