Hellboy: The Midnight Circus Review

This year is the 20th anniversary of Mike Mignola’s very successful creation Hellboy. There are many ways to celebrate, including reading The Midnight Circus, an awesome new OGN written by Mignola with awesome art by Duncan Fegredo.

You can read my review of this impressive tale at Broken Frontier.

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Hellboy Is So Cute!

See? Official details below.

DARK HORSE DELUXE PARTNERS WITH TOY2R TO DISTRIBUTE LIMITED EDITION HELLBOY MINI-QEE VINYL TOYS!

At this year’s International Toy Fair, Dark Horse revealed what is sure to be one of the year’s most-talked-about toy releases! Hong Kong’s innovative designer-toy company Toy2R will produce a new range of 5” vinyl figures in their popular “Mini-Qee” format, putting their unique design spin on Mike Mignola’s popular Hellboy character.

Mike Mignola’s Hellboy has emerged as one of the classic comic book characters of the modern day, spawning a successful series of graphic novels, motion pictures, animation, interactive games, and toy lines. Excitement around this character is at an all-time high, as Mignola takes him back to whence he came in the smash-hit series Hellboy in Hell, currently in its third issue.

Raymond Choy’s Toy2R is recognized as being among the first companies to explore the potential of the designer/art toy movement since their arrival in 1995. Choy managed to turn his passion for collectible toys into an internationally known company, which today continues to push the boundaries of product design, art, and graphics.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be involved in this program,” Dark Horse Product Development head David Scroggy said. “We have worked with Toy2R for many years, and to see their fun take on Hellboy is a thrill. These vinyl figures will be in very tight edition quantities, so we expect a quick sellout of most of the variants.”

Toy2R’s trademark Qee format gives Hellboy a new look, altering his appearance in several ways, all of which were personally approved by Mignola. The results have already gotten comics fans and toy collectors alike talking, after they were revealed on Tomopop last week. All three were  on display at the Dark Horse exhibit booth at this year’s Toy Fair at the Jacob Javits Center.

Dark Horse Comics is the exclusive North American distributor of the Hellboy Mini-Qee line and will handle sales to the specialty market in Europe and other territories. Toy2R will be the exclusive sales entity to Asian territories.

Slated for release in July 2013, the figures will be produced in various limited edition sizes, all with a retail price of $19.99.

 

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Hellboy: The Fury #3 Preview

This week is a huge one for Hellboy. Creator Mike Mignola and publisher Dark Horse have been quietly spreading the word that this is going to be one of those, “things will never be the same” stories that we read so much about. However, this time, it actually means something.

He’s already lost his eye, and now he’ll lose a lot more. Below is a snazzy preview of this week’s finale, along with an official description.

The word is out that today’s release of The Fury #3 will rock the comics world to its very core! With word leaking out over the last week that big changes are in store for Dark Horse’s most recognizable character, this third issue has sold out before even arriving on shelves.

In response, Dark Horse has rushed through reprints of all three issues of this critically acclaimed story arc. These reprints are available for reorder now, with an on-sale date of August 17, just one week after Hellboy: The Fury #3 goes on sale.

Hellboy: The Fury marks the dramatic conclusion to the epic story line by Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo that began in Darkness Calls back in 2007. This final three-issue story pits Hellboy against the Queen of Blood one on one, leaving behind a war-torn battlefield strewn with the bodies of monsters and knights. In this dramatic conclusion, the fate of the world, and of Hellboy himself, lies with the Ogdru Jahad, his greatest foe, culminating in one final battle for the ages.

Dark Horse’s Christmas Gifts

Those lovely people at Dark Horse have put together a list for easy shopping for their products for friends, families, neighbours and pets. They’ve even included pictures, product info and prices (in $US). Isn’t that generous of them? There are 6 broad categories, including their most popular licences such as Buffy and Star Wars and perhaps less well-known properties, such as Umbrella Academy and Domo. Go here for the full list. What’s below are what leapt out at me when I cast my peepers on their selections. It’s always a good idea to give something comics related to a newbie on your gift recipient list, and there really is something at your local comics shop for everyone.

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