In the spirit of Halloween, Ben is reading one horror comic every day. Will they keep him up? Or will they put him to sleep? We’ll find out…
It’s October 15th. Most of the comics I’ve been reading this month have been comics that, wether purchased long ago or recently, I haven’t read yet. This one was purchased and read long ago. I remember very little about it, other than that I liked it.
HELLBOY – The CORPSE: Dark Horse Comics; by Mike Mignola; published 2004
At $.25 this book was a steal. No question. Even Professor Alan would agree, I’m sure.
A baby is kidnapped by fairy-folk. Hellboy is given a task. If he succeeds, the baby will be returned. And so begins a question to find a final resting place for a dead man to save the life of a child.
It’s a simple tale, told with gorgeous, terrible visuals. It’s a fairy tale, with it’s old world rules and logic. It’s also a tale about the end of the fairy, as the new world encroaches. It’s about death and life; age and youth. It’s about clinging to life and letting go. The horror comes at first from the child endangerment, but swings around to the fear of the passing of the old.
It was fun to come back to this story after all this time and enjoy it for the first time once again, because all I remembered was that he was wearing a dead guy on his back.
With all the hits and misses, this month HAS been a lot of fun to discover and rediscover some great sequential storytelling.
You can read the rest of this series here: Ben’s Horror-Comic-Athon October 2018
While Ben’s not podcasting daily for the entire month, The Comic Book Time Machine will be going daily for a week at the end of October. Don’t miss our WEEK OF WEIRD, as we explore some weird comics from October 25-31!