Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Art Baltazar
Published by: Darkhorse Comics
Itty Bitty Hellboy completed its 5 issue run Wednesday, and much to my excitement it was all that and more.
I am the first to admit that I don’t know a lot about Hellboy. I have since reading Art and Franco’s run picked up Mike Mignolia’s Hellboy in Hell a few weeks ago. I never in a million years saw myself reading Hellboy; yet for 5 awesome issues Art and Franco have captivated me, encouraging me to branch out and buy others. That is what I love about these guys. They take a character and make me love him quickly and without warning. I also had to learn about the supporting characters, because I wasn’t exactly familiar with them. With Superman Family Adventures I knew all the characters by heart, so I didn’t have to do any research. Still, Itty Bitty Hellboy brought that fun magic into our house again, making for a great 5 issues!
This issue was packed with so much awesome. Everyone is going to Abe Sapien’s sister’s birthday party. The best part is when she wants to open Itty Bitty Hellboy’s present first. It has been growling at Hellboy and making noises, so she picked a good one! When she opens it, out comes Ualac the Demon. Abe’s sister Eve of course cuddles and loves it to death! It was so great. There is also a joke in there about hot sauce, and underwear jokes. Yep, Itty Bitty Hellboy loses his underwater and jumps in the bush with two Rogers. “It’s comfy like that.” Don’t let that fool you, this is absolutely an all ages book. Kids are going to crack up at that part, and adults are going to appreciate the humor as well. I really love that these characters, that were created to be dark, are lightened up by Art and Franco. The art blew me away this issue. I always praise the art of any of their books, but this one really was above and beyond. Each individual story had its own color scheme, and the colors popped out of the book. Almost like a pop out book would look.
While I am sad to see Itty Bitty Hellboy go, I am super excited for Itty Bitty Battlestar Galactica due in January. Who better to do it than these two? They prove time and time again that their kids’ comics are the best. They bring small readers to the table, and make them laugh. They make people like me expand, and buy comics I never thought I would. When it comes right down to it, Art and Franco make the world a better place.
5 out of 5 nerds