Comic Book Returns: Mike Mignola Back to Hellboy and Kick-Ass #2

Hellboy: The Whittier Legacy

After lackluster efforts by Duncan Fedredo and Richard Corben, Hellboy’s creator, Mike Mignola, has returned to the franchise with The Whittier Legacy for USA Today.

“It’s been great,” he says about returning to the dual roles. “I think a part of me forgets how much fun it is to do both.”

Mignola says creating The Whittier Legacy was an enjoyable return to his old-school Hellboy roots. “I really started from scratch with a story that would be accessible for a wide, new audience, but at the same time something that I’d enjoy drawing and that longtime Hellboy fans would appreciate.”

He describes the story as an ode to the late horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. “I’ve gotten a reputation for incorporating Lovecraft stuff into my work, but I’ve never sat down and done a straightforward tribute to him. That’s what this Whittier story is.”

As with most Lovecraftian stories, this eight-page installment will carry the same signature, ominous overtones. “The message for this story is: Don’t mess with the stuff that’s out there in the universe.”

The Whittier Legacy “is just a good ol’ monster story,” Mignola says. “You’ll get to see the original character, who looks like the devil but acts like a regular guy. This story’s much closer to the old monster movies and crime stories.”

Mignola also intimates that fans of the comic can expect big changes on the horizon for Big Red.

Kick-Ass #2

Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. dip back into the ultra-violence of Kick-Ass and Hit Girl in the second installment of this beloved property.  Newsarama has a preview.

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