HEATHER’S PICK :: HELLBOY: THE MIDNIGHT CIRCUS: Young Hellboy joins the circus. That sentence alone should be enough for you to pick up this hard cover graphic novel. Just in case it’s not, let me elaborate and mention the minds behind this story-Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo. Admittedly, I haven’t read a lot of Hellboy standalone books (I’m a B.P.R.D. girl, after all.) Some of my favorite vignettes in the B.P.R.D. mini-series year books (1947, etc.) have featured young Hellboy. Give me stories of Hellboy playing with his black lab and getting pamcakes any day.
I couldn’t be happier to get a full graphic novel all about young Hellboy and his misadventures when he runs away to join the circus. Of course, this isn’t just any circus but an evil one. It’s particularly interesting that the tale of Pinocchio is intertwined with Hellboy’s story. Mignola’s writing and Fegredo’s art combine to create a delightfully creepy book just in time for the Halloween season.