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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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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
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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts, stars, bats, and a devil Sept. 3 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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
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
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.

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