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Featuring nonstop action and an ending that will take your
breath away, HELLBOY: THE FURY #3 (Dark Horse Comics) is a highly entertaining
must-have for all comic book fans. In the battle between good and evil, Hellboy
bravely faces off with the Destroyer. Without any of his friends by his side,
Hellboy stands alone as he knows full well that there can only be one person
left alive. At his most triumphant, this will also be Hellboy’s greatest loss!
To give the world a little more time to live, Hellboy
fearlessly fights to the death. A new world is about to begin as monsters long
buried will all rise. Soon, the reign of monsters will fully take control of the
Earth. As this prophecy has already been foretold, no matter what Hellboy does,
he cannot win this battle. Everything he loves will be swept away and burned to
No matter how hard he is hit, no matter how much blood he is
losing, Hellboy still stands on his own two feet during his epic fight with the
Destroyer, who, at one point, digs its bloody claws deep into Hellboy’s back,
leaving him momentarily paralyzed. Hellboy bites his lip, struggles to get back
up and swings his big red fist again. The last words he will ultimately hear
are, “We die together.”
Creator and writer Mike Mignola delivers a hell of a tale
that will leave readers breathless. No matter how badly bruised and exhausted
he is, Hellboy never loses his attitude and still makes sarcastic comments.
Mignola proudly gives Hellboy an epic battle this kind of hero really deserves!
And although the finale is bleak, Mignola’s storytelling is always riveting.
The artwork by Duncan Fegredo depicts the destruction and
chaos as Hellboy battles to the death. Surrounded by fire and corpses, the
combat between Hellboy and the giant dragon is fantastically drawn in vibrant
illustrations. Using extreme close-ups and medium shots, readers will be glued
to the final pages. Enhancing the apocalyptic setting, Dave Stewart layers the
opening with orange-reddish hues and then, towards the end, washes away all
color with gray tones.
This critic cannot talk about HELLBOY: THE FURY #3 without revealing
THE MAJOR SPOILER! This is the issue where Hellboy dies! Death is an integral
part in comic book history, as this year alone fans have lost Ultimate
Spider-Man and Johnny Storm, the Human Torch from the Fantastic Four. There are
interesting developments up ahead, as another central figure dies in B.P.R.D.:
HELL ON EARTH: MONSTERS #2. With Liz Sherman being an emotional wreck, how will
she react to the deaths of her two closest friends? And how will Mignola hold a
funeral for his monster hunter? This reader can’t wait to find out.
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