Mike Mignola's Hellboy has been Hellbound -or maybe we should say homeward bound - for a while. But now that the Dark Horse "Hellboy In Hell" series is well underway, there's more to talk about with the big red guy than ever before.
This week, CBR is back with a regular looking inside the series with the cartoonist and creator as "Hellboy In Hell" #2 hits some of the biggest mythological elements of Hellboy's entire career. His birth, his birthright and his army have all been teased over the years Mignola has drawn the character, but on Wednesday, fans got to see those ideas in new, expansive detail.
Below, Mignola explains to CBR how the issue broke down as the most important early stop on HB's tour of Hell, why this is as close he'll come to doing something Dickensian in the series, what secrets still lie behind the face of Hellboy's father and how he'll be keeping things short and sweet after this first arc.
What can we say at this point about next issue? We know we've got an important player skulking around a bit here. What does that hold for the rest of this arc?
That's the demon Astaroth who we saw first in "Box Full of Evil." I don't think I'm giving too much away with the teaser for the next issue that says, "Family Ties" with Astaroth who last figured into Duncan's "Wild Hunt" story where he'd whisper over Hellboy's shoulder. He's been nudging Hellboy along quite a bit - the one demon who shows up to tell Hellboy, "This is what you're going to do. I know what your father wanted for you." So it's time to have it out with him.
"Hellboy In Hell" #2 is in stores now from Dark Horse.