Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hellboy/Ghost Special graphic novel by Mike Mignola on Hoopla

Hellboy/Ghost Special
written by Mike Mignola, with art by Scott Benefiel and Jason Rodriguez

This is a Hellboy and Ghost crossover from 1996; that’s 20 years ago now, but it does not feel dated at all. Hellboy and the BPRD (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense) are investing a call about a ghost and Hellboy decides it’s best if he enters the building alone. On the other side of the story and inside the building, we have Ghost; that’s her name and she is one. She has a troubled soul and past which is not explained too much in this story, but she is convinced by an entity in a mask (calling himself Peace) that Hellboy is the cause of her torment. What she must do is take Hellboy’s hand and present it to Peace to end her suffering. Ghost believes him and does his bidding for a while. I’ll let you read it if you want to know the ending. This was maybe a bit darker and more graphic than what I usually read, but I thought it was good. There was also some funny bits in the story, particularly some of Hellboy’s lines; he’s just so matter of fact about things that even in grim settings it makes you laugh. If you are looking for a quick (it’s only 50 pages) Halloween story and don’t mind the blood and guts then I think you’ll like it, especially if you liked the Hellboy movies or have read other Hellboy graphic novels.

This is only available at the moment on Hoopla, so you’d need to either download the Hoopla app or login at, then create an account if you don’t already have one. It’s pretty quick to set up and there is never any waiting for other customers to return items so you can check out anything right away.

[If you want more Hellboy and or more Ghost, Hoopla has plenty of both.] [ Wikipedia page for this two-issue crossover title ]

Recommended by Kristen A.
Gere Branch Library

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