Hellboy: The Bones of Giants. Writer: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden Artist: Matt Smith Letterer: Clem Robins Colorist: Chris O’Halloran Cover Artist: Matt Smith
How much do we love the Nordic Sagas and how acquainted are we with them?
Our fascination with the Nordic gods, the Nine Realms ,and the Icelandic eddur and sagas runs deep and reaches far and wide. They are not, (if you thought about it previously) an exclusive domain for Marvel to use, but rather, a part of our shared cultural experience today.
How can this be? These poems written 150 years ago, in a remote part of medieval Iceland? From Jack Kirby, to Peter Madsen, to Neil Gaiman’s own Dark Horse adaptation: Norse Mythology, the tropes and characters, Odin, Thor and Loki are here and more vivid than ever.
So, why not Hellboy?
In Sweden, something unusual has happened and the B.P.R.D. sends Hellboy and Abe Sapien to investigate. There, at the scene, is a suspiciously familiar-looking hammer right alongside a corpse, and you cannot but tie two and two together: this is Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer.
When Hellboy touches it, something happens, an spectacular memory appears inside his mind and he now knows that something evil and ancient has awakened and that he must stop it.
On an unexpected turn of events, Mjolnir is now welded into Hellboy’s hand, and they must seek an expert to help them get rid of it, and prevent a catastrophe…
(On a completely side note, there is a book that explores this fascination with Nordic Mythology: Echoes of Valhalla)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Publication Date: November 03, 2021
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
UPC: 7 61568 00873 9 00111
Featured image by Math Smith, all images belong to Dark Horse Comics