What do you get when you combine a hefty dose of tequila, monster hunting luchadors, a demon turkey, and Hellboy? Aside from what I think happened at my bachelor party, you get one amazing Hellboy one-shot. Mike Mignola and Richard Corben team up once again to bring us a great piece from Hellboy’s past.
Hellboy in Mexico serves as an appetizer on the eve of The Storm, the conclusion to the latest Hellboy arc. Mignola and Corben paint us a picture from Hellyboy’s younger years. Big Red teams up with a band of monster hunting luchadors as they go on a drunken monster hunting spree. The zany concept aside, Mignola and Corben take what should be a chunk of comic relief and deliver us a surprisingly emotional story.
Though I will always prefer Mignola’s art, Richard Corben does a fantastic job painting this story. Every frame is dripping with detail and atmosphere. There is a particular image of a demon turkey, I’m not kidding, that will probably haunt me for the rest of my life.
Hellboy has always been the quintessential everyman, except that he is a big red man with hooves, ground down horns, and a tail. It is always a joy to see how Mignola pens Hellboy’s reaction to the insane stuff that gets thrown at him. But at the same time, it is also amazing to see just how much Hellboy has weighing on his heart. There is a rarely a happy ending for Hellboy and Mignola does a wonderful job at showing how a guy like Hellboy just rolls with it the best he can.
Do yourselves a favor, go grab a shot glass, some bad tequila, salt, a lime, and this issue of Hellboy. You would be doing yourselves a disservice if you didn’t.