Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Young Hellboy: Assault on Castle Death #4

Young Hellboy: Assault on Castle Death comes to a close with the wanderings of a feverish young Hellboy and his idol getting wrapped-up in the fourth and final issue of the mini-series. While there's fun here, as there has been across all four issues, I'm not sure why we needed four issues of Hellboy stumbling around a warehouse in a fevered dream when one or two issues would likely have done the job in telling this rather simple story.

The final issue is notable for the tease (that doesn't make sense) that the Lobster was with Hellboy and protected him from the crazy murderous cult follower. Either the Lobster was there (and would have been seen and heard by other characters in several moments of the run), or he was a figment of Hellboy's fever dream (and couldn't have actually saved him). Attempting to do both ends with neither version working in a ho-hum wrap-up to the story.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]

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