Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Olivia's Pick of the Week: Itty Bitty Hellboy #1
by Art Baltazar and Franco
From the guys who brought you Tiny Titans and Superman Family Adventures, Art Baltazar and Franco have hit it out of the park with this first issue of Itty Bitty Hellboy. Now I want to mention, Superman Family Adventures had it's moments but it wasn't as great as Tiny Titans. It was a little too repetitive and it tried too hard to keep up an ongoing plot. Itty Bitty Hellboy is so far turning out to be as great as Tiny Titans. The jokes are so funny. There are those great character expressions. I love the way they deliver their lines and the pacing for their reactions is an absolute joy to read. I don't know what a "pamcake" is, but I'm guessing that was a typo. The story is simple and fun.
I'm not entirely familiar with the Hellboy universe. I saw the movie and that's as far as my familiarity with the characters go, so.... The bad guys are in their fort, a box that once held a dishwasher. They want to expand their territory and take Hellboy and his friend's fort. Hellboy is too cute smashing walnuts and just not giving a care to what the bad guys want to do. Johann gets some crazy treatment for a possible cold. They want to give him chicken soup and crackers as that is the thing to do, never mind that the kid is made out of vapor and drinking soup may be a little tricky.
Roger is such a funny character. He's so content hanging out and hiding in a bush. The story is so great when Art and Franco let the characters just be kids without them having to worry about attacking robots or monsters. One of my absolute favorite issues of Tiny Titans was when the kids were just trying to cross the street.
From the way this first issue was handled, I've got high hopes for this book. I love the cover, too. It showcases nicely the different personalities of the characters. That blue lobster is so awesome.