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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (Oct. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595825673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595825674
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.7 x 25.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #194,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dulce on Oct. 15 2014
Format: Paperback
Hellboy meet Batman , how can it not be cool.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
50/50 Oct. 22 2010
By Babytoxie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
HELLBOY: MASKS & MONSTERS collects two 2-part stories featuring Mike Mignola's paranormal investigator teaming up with other heroes. These stories have long been out of print, resulting in a noticeable gap in the Hellboy trade library. Presented first is the Batman/Hellboy/Starman crossover from 1999, in which writer James Robinson brings together the caped crusader, Big Red, and both the Golden Age and modern Starmen, all illustrated by Mignola. It sounds like an ideal team up, but the story is just average Hellboy (robots, Nazis, and elder gods) with additional heroes mixed in. Robinson had a good idea in connecting his Starman series with Hellboy's universe, but he doesn't do much with the characters. Batman's presence is completely unnecessary, and for such an acclaimed writer, Robinson takes the easy way out, portraying him as the dismissive misanthrope that everyone at DC seems to think he should be. If this were a more focused Hellboy/Starman team-up, integrating more elements from the Starman universe, it would have been more effective and enjoyable.

The second story is a much better team-up of Hellboy & Ghost from 1996, where Hellboy, investigating murders in Arcadia, stumbles upon the phantom vigilante with twin 45s. A century of murders in Arcadia have led to a lot of blood accumulating in the city sewers, and something bad is just waiting to happen. I feel that this is one of Mignola's more inspired and unique Hellboy stories, and Scott Benefiel's art surprisingly melds elements of Mignola's chiaroscuro style with the softer work seen in the Ghost comics.

Mignola contributes a new cover, and the book contains some alternate cover images and sketches. As a collected edition, it's very nice, but the first story pulls the rating down.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mike mignola's batman April 17 2011
By Boris - Published on Amazon.com
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i purchased this because i love batman and i love mike mignola and hellboy of course, and the book has two different tales, one of these stories has Batman as a special guest and it is drawn by mike mignola, not the greatest batman and hellboy story but it is good(Mignola's batman looks totally awesome), the other one you just don't care about, because it is not drawn by mignola, it is not mike mignola art it is someone else emulating his work and it is not so bad but it is average, compared to mignola's work.
Ghosts, stars, bats, and a devil Sept. 3 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hellboy: Masks and Monsters is a reissue of two brief runs of comics Mike Mignola was involved with in the late `90s. The first teams Hellboy up with Batman and Starman in a mystery that begins in Gotham and takes them to the jungles of South America to fight off Nazis and a Lovecraftian horror. The second has Hellboy go up against the Ghost and a mysterious figure in a mask.

The first story is cool if only to see Hellboy and Batman fighting side by side but Batman feels ultimately under-used and is all too quickly taken away and replaced with the lesser-known character, Starman. For Mignola, it's a familiar story with Nazis up to no good, resurrecting some unholy terror to carry out some mad plan of Hitler's so we see Hellboy smash his way through the usual line up of baddies until dispatching the inevitable ghoulie at the end.

The second story has Ghost inadvertently sending herself and Hellboy to an alternative dimension. Mignola this time scripts it and hands over drawing duties to another artist. It's not a bad story but if you're unfamiliar with Ghost then her motives in this story will seem confusing and might be difficult to follow.

Masks and Monsters is an interesting reprint of some obscure comics Mignola did once upon time and a lot of new fans might find it enjoyable. Not the best book to start with if you're interested in discovering what Mike Mignola is all about but it has its moments.
Great Comic Art Jan. 14 2011
By Gonzalo - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection of some odds and ends of the Hellboy universe is very enjoyable. If you like the work of Mike Mignola and his demonic creation you would enjoy this collection of "crossover stories".

There are a total of two separate stories of two parts each both multi-universe cross-overs. That is to say, tales in which Hellboy meets characters from other creators or companies.

In the first story Batman and Starman (from DC Comics) and Hellboy team up to stop some neo-nazis. This is drawn by Mignola but written by another author. It is not the best written thing I have to say but since Mignola is no longer drawing Hellboy on a regular basis, it is a treat. The second, a meeting between Hellboy and Ghost (a darkhorse comics creator owned character) is written by Mignola and it is a better story but it is not drawn by him. However, although the artist is not in the style of creator, he does an excellent job. A great bonus feature is the plot pencil work dome by Mike Mignola showing how he plotted the whole story visually for the artist.

I recommend this for any Hellboy fan. If you don't already love the charcter start with a collection of the regular series which will hook you better.
Worth it only if you're into seeing Mignola draw superheroes Feb. 2 2011
By Steven Viau - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, don't expect this to add much to the Hellboy/BPRD mythology. But, that being said, the Batman/Hellboy teamup ended up pretty amusing. There's a page Mignola drew of Starman's first arrival in the book that's worth the price alone. I don't know anything about "Ghost" so her half of this book was a let-down in a story sense, as well as the fact that I didn't enjoy the artist's work quite as much as the Batman/Hellboy/Starman first half. Perhaps if they had published the Ghost/Hellboy story first and then saved the best for a strong finish. Oh well.


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