On The Cheap: Dark Horse Launches A Mike Mignola Sale, Featuring The First Three ‘Hellboy’ Arcs
I'm going to go ahead and assume that everyone out there is already fully aware that Mike Mignola is the stuff, especially when it comes to Hellboy. The long-running horror-adventure franchise that kicked off into its own universe in 1994 is one of those rare, amazing comics that has been published pretty consistently for over 20 years and has never been bad. Like, not once. It's pretty amazing.
But if you're one of those people who knows intellectually that Hellboy and his assorted spin-offs are great but has never actually tried it, good news. Dark Horse has launched a sale on digital Mike Mignola books, dropping 'em down to a buck an issue. And should you need a little guidance on what to pick up, well, that's what I'm here for.
Obviously, the biggest item in here is going to be the three complete arcs of Hellboy, which, since the first issue of Seeds of Destruction is free, you can nab for just under eleven bucks. That's a heck of a deal, but if you only have time for one story, I'd suggest checking out Conqueror Worm.
I mean, yes, you should start at the beginning, but even though Hellboy developed into a series that built on itself and became one of the most rewarding long-running sagas in comics, each arc tends to do a pretty good job of standing on its own. As for why I'd go with Conqueror Worm over Seeds or Wake the Devil, well, only one of them has Hellboy fighting a goddamn Nazi Frankenstein monkey.
If you want to go a little bit deeper, though, I can highly recommend checking out Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus, the first miniseries starring the pulp vigilante that originally showed up in flashbacks in Hellboy. And if you've already caught up with everything Hecklad related, you may want to give Baltimore: The Plague Ships a shot, a super-compelling comic about a world full of monsters where World War I ends when a supernatural plague more-or-less wipes out England. I've read the first series and it's highly enjoyable, but I'm behind on the ones that came after --- which, of course, makes the sale a great place to catch up.
The Dark Horse Mignola sale runs throughout the weekend.