creator Mike Mignola and Bill Wray (Ren
combine their outlandish visions to bring us the warped adventures
of Hellboy Junior and his little friends. The result is bizarre
reworkings of familiar childhood characters - like Wheezy
the Sick Little Witch, the Ginger Beef Boy,
- are brought to life...
great thing about Hellboy Junior, is that the creators
know that the whole idea behind the creation is a cheap one
- usually the dying attempts of a once great writer/illustrator
to revive their flagging career. The opening page even has
a cartoon introduction on how the idea of Hellboy Junior
this collection is fantastically wicked. Bill Wray is a sick
and twisted individual - one that in any civilised society
should be locked away until he starts to see sense. He has
a fantastic talent for going a little too near the knuckle,
although he never over steps the mark. He comes close, but
always manages to reign himself in at the last minute.
lot of these stories are not really Hellboy stories
at all and only really fit into the realm of Hellboy
because they are strange tales. Take for example Huge Retarded
Duck. This story has everything your mother wouldn't like.
It tackles retardedness, sexual abuse of a female by minors,
and incest between a mother and her son. Now while this sounds
anything but funny, it is hysterically so.
there's The Ginger Beef Boy, where an old Chinese man
and his transsexual wife create a boy made from beef - based
on the old children's classic The Gingerbread Boy.
Sick, but very funny.
is a huge collection of creative talent included in this collection
including Dave Cooper (Futurama) and Stephen DeStefano
(Ren and Stimpy). And each story seems to get a little
you have a sense of humour that is bordering on the insane,
then you'll love this collection. If you don't have a funny
bone in your body, then steer clear, this collection is not
for you! And I'm sure Titan Publishing have got better things
to do than read letters of complaint from shocked individuals.
of the funniest and original collections I've read for ages
- not bad for what the writers hint is possibly the lamest
idea to ever see the light of day.
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