Review by: Kevin Reilly I don’t know if I can stress enough how much I love Itty Bitty Hellboy. Baltazar and Franco’s kid-friendly approach to Mike Mignola’s creation continues this week, with the second of five installments in what should be a much longer series. Although the book revolves around the same formula that the duo’s recently-dearly-missed Superman Family Adventures-- several mini strips linked together to form one story per issue-- it’s the inclusion of the Hellboy mythos that gives this a really fun feel.
This month’s batch of mini-strips surrounds Lobster Johnson, who is on the hunt for a Sasquatch. On the way, he recruits our familiar cast of characters for twenty pages of laughs. Not, by the way, laughs for children. The duo’s writing works on every level, for every age. Baltazar’s art is just as stupendous as it was last month, bringing this usually dark world to sterling, simple color. Even if you don’t like Hellboy-- and I’ve had my problems with Hellboy over the years-- the book is charming enough to move past that.
Every praise from last month holds water, and for that there really isn’t much more to say. This is, without a doubt, the miniseries of the year. Or, at the very least, my favorite indie book I’ve been given to review for the site.
Writers: Art Baltazar and Franco Art: Art Baltazar Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $2.99 Release Date: 9/25/13