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Hellboy: Makoma #1

Posted: Saturday, February 4, 2006
By: Ray Tate



Writer: Mike Mignola
Artists: Mike Mignola & Richard Corben, Dave Stewart(c)
Publisher: Dark Horse

Hellboy though no longer an operative of the BPRD--Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense--is still a member in good standing of the New York City Explorers Club. The club serves as the rather sedate setting of his latest adventure Makoma.

Poor Hellboy can't even share a drink and stories without getting sucked up into Mignola's mystical underworld. Just admiring a mummy brought back from Africa draws him into trouble that's signified by the eerie, shadowy angular artwork of his creator Mike Mignola.

I'd almost say that Mignola's disturbing work overshadows legendary Metal Hurlant artist Richard Corben, but Corben adds his sensibilities to Makoma to provide a different kind of atmosphere.

Looking into the mummy releases from Hellboy a Just So styled flashback. We learn from Hellboy's memories why giants no longer roam Africa, and Corben makes these tales decidedly slapstick. He does this through the comedy of repetition, body language and some choice cartoony effects.

Mignola provides light-hearted and loopy dialogue for the giants. He imbues to them consistently pathetic natures while letterer Clem Robins gleefully slaps onomatopoeia to the over the top, non-bloody violence.

Makoma offers a fresh style for Mignola and his creation. The comedy here isn’t of the eerie "Corpse" variety, and while Hellboy's destiny gets a mention, it doesn't serve to direct the reader away from the slap-happy fun.



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