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Hellboy: Masks and Monsters [Paperback]

Mike Mignola , Scott Benefiel , Dave Stewart

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Oct. 12 2010 Hellboy (Dark Horse Paperback)
Mike Mignola teams up with an all-star line of superhero creators to bring you two incredible crossover tales! First, Hellboy joins forces with Batman and Starman in an adventure that takes them from the rooftops of Gotham to the steamy jungles of the Amazon, to rescue the first Starman, Ted Knight, from a secret Nazi organization that plans to use him to resurrect an elder god. Next, Hellboy travels to Arcadia in search of Ghost, a spectral vigilante caught up in a web of intrigue orchestrated by an ancient mask.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (Oct. 12 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595825673
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595825674
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.5 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Mike mignola's batman April 17 2011
By Boris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hellboy Teams Up with DC Heroes to Good Effect March 3 2012
By Joseph M. Reninger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
One of the popular things to boost sales in the comics industry is to make a team of individually popular characters (like The Avengers or the various Justice Leagues) or have characters' worlds cross. Since Hellboy is in a universe of his own, this work is definitely the later. Actually, this volume contains two separate team-ups: Batman/Hellboy/Starman and Ghost/Hellboy.

The first story follows Batman as he investigates the kidnapping of Ted Knight, the original Starman (who's a hero with a cosmic rod that let's him fly and manipulate energy). Neo-Nazis use electrical bolts to fight off Batman during the kidnapping. Queue Hellboy's entrance, since (a) the neo-Nazis are regular Nazis from South America called the Knights of October and (b) they use a blend of magic and technology to make the bolts. An uneasy alliance is formed since Hellboy has the magical and Nazi-fighting background to help Batman. Knight's son is the new Starman and he signs on to help find his dad. Pretty soon it's off to South America to stop Nazis and elder gods from rising up to take over the world. The story is a pretty standard Hellboy yarn and a good read.

The second story follows Hellboy to Arcadia where he and a BPRD agent want to recruit Ghost, a revengeful female spirit who goes around shooting living bad guys with guns (not sure how the phantom guns kill living people, but just go with it). They discover an old mystery that leads to an alternate dimension, where Ghost is offered peace if she betrays Hellboy. This story is not as interesting as the first though the art is very good. This is more like a standard supernatural horror comic. Hellboy is charming as always and the final battle is fun.

For parents, the book does contain some mild occult content (Hellboy uses an occult prayer full of nonsense words in fighting the elder god, for example). The violence is in the first story is fairly normal comic book fare; in the second story it's much more graphic (lots of blood). Also, Ghost's outfit is very revealing up top.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss Dec 7 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with most people here that the second story was much better than the first. The whole Batman/Hellboy combo didn't really work on any level and seemed somewhat thrown together. It is most likely the worst Hellboy story I have read. The team up with Ghost however was much better; and at $7.20 worth the price of this issue alone. I suggest you grab this one and skip the first story entirely; unless for the sake of curiosity.
3.0 out of 5 stars Old Material, No Relevance to new Stories - 3 stars April 4 2011
By TorridlyBoredShopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Hellboy travels all over and he runs into quite a few characters. In the past he travelled into other sets and he even ran into some characters from other series. This would be Ghost and Starman, and they were good and they were not-so-great, depending. Batman is also in the Starman stuff, but I perfer Batman mingling with Hellboy in The doom that Came to Gotham. Anything else seems to be just another Dark Horse crossover.

Let me start this out by saying that this does not add anything to the Hellboy legacy. The chacters here are simply parts of the Hellboy universe that helped plug other comics. They do not make you wonder what you have missed and they do not make you really need them. In fact, I would say that you do not need this unless you just want it.

Out of the two portions, I went with Ghost more than with Starman. Sure, both have their additions but, at the time, I liked theGhost storyline. She was a dead girl that could not leave her city and was going after revenge, etc. Hellboy got called in and you get the picture.

As far as Hellboy, Batman, and Starman are concerned, the stories are alright. you have one issue inside where Starman is kidnapped my Nazis at a time when Hellboy tangled with them all the time. The second issue is one where Batman sees the two off, only to end up with some Rainforest connections pulling him back in.

I have to note that I am not thrilled with this BUT I am happy that this did not add new things to it. That is because both of these were collected a while back when I found thiem pressed, and because I did not want a new thing making me wonder if I should buy it. You have a few drawings and you have a ltitle of this and a little of that added on. Still, collectors that already spent on this need not apply. This is for people who missed out on its first printing.

I am giving it a 3/5 because it is not needed and it does not really add on. It also only has a little bit in it, and this runs like a normal Hellboy does in set-up. Since we get accustomed to our Hellboy with a lot of stories, it left something to be desired.

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