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Secrets from a
long-forgotten past are having an unfortunate effect on Hellboy. From his
mother’s side, Hellboy discovers that he’s related to King Arthur, the once and
future king. Upon learning this revelation, he refuses the throne as the
“rightful king of Britain,” and chooses to make his own destiny. However,
Nimue, an evil sorceress, has raised an army of lethal and bloodthirsty
monsters. She will conquer worlds with her soldiers, and destroy humanity at
the same time.
Hellboy sacrifices his
own left eye to the witch, Baba Yaga, in order to prevent the upcoming war,
mistakenly believing that she’s willing to help him. Unfortunately, Baba Yaga
is lying, and intends to start her own war against mankind, undergoing a
horrifying transformation at the top tower of her castle.
Surrounding the staircases,
a league of walking skeletons blocks Hellboy’s path. Hellboy has to punch his
way through as the skeletons slash at him with their swords. Exhausted and
bleeding, Hellboy then has to face Baba Yaga, whose horrific transformation is
finally complete. He has to defeat the hideous monster lurking in the tower,
and then somehow stop Nimue’s imminent invasion.
Events just get worse and
worse in author Mike Mignola’s suspenseful storytelling. The issue also
contains an endearing theme about anti-war. In the subplot, a young soldier
dies in battle and is resurrected by an angel. The soldier continues to live,
but must always tell the story of how the angel saved him. Immortality has its
lonesome price as the solider grows old, outliving his family and friends.
Though this short story sidetracks from the main plot, it’s still a good read
The artwork by Duncan
Fegredo captures the Gothic setting as Hellboy encounters witches and skeleton
soldiers. The action sequences have an epic quality as if the upcoming war is
going to build to a colossal size. The flashback sequences of the immortal
soldier have a somber and lighthearted tone. The colors by Dave Stewart
perfectly match each setting. Different shades of green hues are used to
represent the witch’s tower and the highlands landscape.
HELLBOY: THE FURY #1 is
full of monster mayhem. War is brewing, and this will be an epic battle that’s
nothing like Hellboy has ever faced. Just when he’s needed the most, Hellboy
finds himself lost and without any friends who can help him. Don’t miss out on
all the action!
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