Comic Review: Hellboy: Krampusnacht (Dark Horse)

Hellboy: Krampusnacht, new from Dark Horse, is a monstrously fun tale of Christmas. Written by Mike Mignola, it’s illustrated in fine style by Adam Hughes. This is a terrific comic […]

Hellboy: Krampusnacht, new from Dark Horse, is a monstrously fun tale of Christmas.

Written by Mike Mignola, it’s illustrated in fine style by Adam Hughes.

This is a terrific comic that I didn’t want to end; a sure sign of a great read. The story takes place at Christmas time in Europe, with Hellboy wandering through the snow-filled woods. He encounters a ghost, asking him for help. Very shortly, he is dealing with the European legend of Krampus. And Krampus needs his help too! Ah, help is on the way, in the most kinetic way possible. Page after page of action, drama, written and drawn in the creepiest, most eye-catching way.

I can’t say too strongly how great the illustrations are in this comic!

In addition to the 22-page story in this issue, there are also ‘Christmas memory’ pinup illustrations from Hellboy’s photo album, and Adam Hughes’ rough Hellboy sketches and Krampus character designs, along with a few thumbnail sketches of his page layouts.

This is a good purchase, definitely recommended!!

Dark Horse Comics, Hellboy Karmpusnacht  $3.99 for 34 pages of content. Not rated, but not for little kids…

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!