Hellboy Animated Volume 1: The Black Wedding

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Hellboy Animated Volume 1: The Black Wedding
By Jim Pascoe/Rick Lacy (The Black Wedding) and Tad Stones/Fabio Laguna (Pyramid of Death)
Dark Horse Comics

Hellboy Animated Volume 1 imageHellboy Animated, a 4-color spin-off of the direct-to-video Hellboy animated DVDs, continues the adventures of Mike Mignola’s popular paranormal-investigators. The series’ first volume features two entertaining tales: The Black Wedding and Pyramid of Death. In The Black Wedding – story by Jim Pascoe, art by Rick Lacy – Hellboy, Abe Sapien, and Agent Ecton are out to prevent a witch from fulfilling her sinister scheme of summoning an ancient evil to this world; a scheme that involves Hellboy’s main squeeze, Liz Sherman, and ultimately, the death of a Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense member.

Pyramid of Death is a lighthearted short penned by Tad Stones, with art by Fabio Laguna, in which a young Hellboy, imitating the crime-fighting prowess of his favorite radio program adventurer, the Lobster, proves that a vivid imagination can be as troublesome as any villain.

Featuring a cover by Jeff Matsuda and a pin-up by Mignola, Hellboy Animated Volume 1 is a fine, fast-paced addition to the animated series and the original, darker Hellboy comic.

–Jeffrey Wilson