Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

Writer: Art Baltazar, Franco Artist: Art Baltazar Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 28, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 1
8.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

A ghost named Rasputin has been spotted! And Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. are going to find out what he's up to.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Aug 28, 2013

    It's really interesting -- and really cool -- that this book may be responsible for a new generation of HELLBOY fans. We get the reverse effect of licensed properties that try to make our nostalgic favorites still feel cool and fresh; coming in to an existing universe with a family-friendly spin means that young fans of ITTY BITTY HELLBOY have a fantastic selection of books to grow into. And even if you don't have kids? ITTY BITTY HELLBOY is still pretty likely to make you smile in a not-itty-bitty way. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Julz Hendricks Aug 29, 2013

    This day and age, when kids comics are few and far between, it is so important to support comic creators that focus on our smallest heroes. Art and Franco have taken a Mike Mignola character and opened up a whole new kid fan base. The little kids that read this may grow up to become big Hellboy fans! I highly encourage the reading of any Art and Franco books. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Kevin Reilly Aug 28, 2013

    I'm dismayed that this will only last five issues. Although it makes sense (and it's very much like Hellboy to have this be a miniseries), I wish we were getting a lot more of these books. Maybe someday! Until then, I'd pick this up as soon as I possibly could. It's snappy, funny, and it jumps off of the page, screen, or what have you. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Aug 30, 2013

    Itty Bitty Hellboy is a great comic and one that I hope continues for many more issues.  It's the kind of book you can read with your kid, which you can both enjoy.  The humor works on several levels.  The structure of the comic is such that you can easily pick it up at any time and dive right in.  This can be the gateway comic for your child to the wide world of Hellboy that includes everything from killer frogs to the devil himself.  This issue doesn't start with that, but who knows where it could go next? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Aug 29, 2013

    New readers can enjoy this, no doubt. On its own merits, it's a solid book with quality art and storytelling. It's only made better for being a vehicle to bring Hellboy to a wider audience. It could conceivably act as a great transitional work to get younger audiences into the other Hellboy books, but that remains to be seen. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Sean M. Thompson Aug 28, 2013

    Art Baltazar provides some jaw-droppingly cutesy art. The coloring brings to mind crayon drawings. And the little guys act child-like, because they are all children, so duh. They're adorable little supernatural rapscallions! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Aug 31, 2013

    The true litmus test of this book was to see how it would play with my four-year-old daughter, and after getting past her initial wariness, she wound up giggling profusely and loving the book. She started talking about Roger and Liz and Karl as if she'd been reading them for years, and she had me repeat the characters on the cover a half dozen times over as she committed them to memory. But even if you're not four years old, or don't have kids, this is just pure joy in 22 pages, far better reading than most Sunday funnies, and you know if you were still buying newspapers you'd still be reading those. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Sep 2, 2013

    Baltazar and Franco are the preeminent all ages creative team, and they prove it again with Itty Bitty Hellboy. There is a difference between an “all ages” book and a “children's” book, and this issue illustrates how drastic the difference can be. While kids will laugh at jokes about vegetables and underwear while being drawn to the young characters and bright art, the adults will appreciate the cleverness of the jokes and the comic strip structure. The only complaint that i have is that the characters feel somewhat forced into the concept, and that any group of characters could be swapped in and similar stories told. This complaint doesn't take away from being able to enjoy the book, as the jokes do work with these characters. All in all this is a book for everybody to enjoy, and if you have a young child that enjoys to read comics it should be a crime for you not to pick up this book for the entire family. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Fangoria - Svetlana Fedotov Mar 18, 2014

    ITTY BITTY HELLBOY is the brainchild of power team Art Baltazar and Franco, a pair of pals with a love for all things cartoony. Both Baltazar and Franco are credited for adapting and writing Mike Mignola's characters, creating an easily accessible work with plenty of laughs and winks to its base series. The writing is goofy and fun, mixing well with Baltazar's big-headed art handle. Using a chalk-like style, each character is simplified with round hands and cartoonish bodies, perfect for silly expressions and corny jokes. Baltazar, who is also responsible for TINY TITANS and SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES has had plenty of experience shrinking down popular icons and really brings his all to the latest outing. Here's to seeing more from this talented duo. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Aug 28, 2013

    And for us grownups (or man-children, as the case may be), this book is incredibly fun. There are jokes that a non-Mignola fan would easily overlook, but the story doesn't feel too inside joke-y, either. This is a comic by Hellboy fans, for Hellboy fans and their kids. And the world is a better place for it. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Aug 28, 2013

    When your child that's too young demands to start reading your Hellboy comics, put this in front of them instead, they'll probably leave you alone at that point and choose this instead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Aug 28, 2013

    If anything, the only problem this comic has is that it doesn't really need to be a Hellboy comic. There are some nice jokes at little red's expense and a few funny character moments, but most of the charm and humor exists outside of the Hellboy mythos. It just plays like a comic about a a group of neighborhood kids. This won't hurt your enjoyment of the comic, but it is an odd choice. If you're going to do Hellboy, do Hellboy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Aug 29, 2013

    Heavy on visual gags and physical comedy, this is about as unlikely a book as you'll find in a comic shop. Recommended for any fan of fun who knows enough about Hellboy to get the jokes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - ShadowJayd Aug 29, 2013

    If you like your Hellboy with a rather large side helping of adorable, “Itty Bitty Hellboy” is your jam. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Oct 29, 2013

    I don't know. I had a hell of a lot of fun with the comic. Its cheesy, its simplistic, but it does exactly what it says on the tin and it entertains. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Sep 29, 2013

    Unless you are the type of reader that solely likes Hellboy for it dark and gritty reads, you might want to avoid this book as it is not at all set in the Hellboy universe that you are accustomed to. If you are a reader open to something different and a youthful adventure, it is totally worthwhile giving Itty Bitty Hellboy #1 a read. As a parent this is definitely a comic you could get your kids to started on. It is a brisk comic that could make the concept of reading feel more like fun and less of a task to a little kid. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Taylor Lilley Sep 20, 2013

    The key to this book becoming a true all-ages title lies with Roger, the as-yet unused Abe, and the wealth of other truly bizarre supporting characters the Hellboy cast contains. Hellboy himself in strictly one-dimensional in this issue, but making him straight man to a cornucopia of cute kook might not be a bad plan. It worked for Mignola, after all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Culture Mass - Boyd Reynolds Sep 2, 2013

    If you liked Tiny Titans, youll enjoy Itty Bitty Hellboy #1. Art Baltazar and Franco have once again joined forces, this time taking their brand of fun and silliness to the world of Hellboy. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Nat Webb Aug 30, 2013

    So overall, even if "Itty Bitty Hellboy" #1 falls a bit flat, it's still a fun read. Hellboy fans expecting a comic that takes its humor from the original comics, or retells those stories in a funny way, or tells new stories of occult investigation but with jokes, will be disappointed. I do think there was potential to do much more here, potential that goes unfulfilled. Nevertheless, the art is great and there are some fun moments, though not enough to make this a must-read except for readers looking for a light, quick read. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Aug 28, 2013

    Itty Bitty Hellboy #1 is a conflicting the read. The art, story and tone is just so darn cute and innocent that any ill-will towards it feels unfounded. But at the end of the day, a reviewer has to go with their gut, and my gut says 'meh'. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Free Costin Dec 11, 2013

    Itty Bitty Hellboy #01 could possibly be one of the cutest comics I have ever seen. It's a simple read and fun for all ages. Not only does it look fantastic but it reads beautifully, the humour of it works for a new reader and would also work for a die-hard. The thing that I love most about this book is that regardless of the nature of Hellboy himself, this particular comic book could well be responsible for the new generation of Hellboy fanatics, easing them in lightly with a humorous comic about kids. Highly recommended, for kids and big kids!

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