What a better way to spend your Cinco de Mayo than to celebrate it with Hellboy In Mexico (Or A Drunken Blur)? Grab yourself some Tex-Mex and a pint of Dos Equis (that's if you are over 21) and you have got yourself a great time! In Hellboy In Mexico (Or A Drunken Blur), Hellboy heads south of the border and coincidentally stumbles upon a run down, abandoned gas station/restaurant. Upon entering the scene, memories resonate within him and he reminisces about old friends from long ago.
One word: wow. If you have ever wanted to get into Hellboy and never knew where to start, then this issue if for you. Mignola teams up with artist Richard Corben to execute a fantastic read. Whether it is the way Mignola writes his scripts, or the fact that Corben speaks effortlessly through his art, these two really know how to work together to put out an amazing book. The style is perfect, and Corben captures the tone, mood and dialogue effortlessly. The fact that the story is set in Mexico really meshes well with Corben's art- it reminded me a lot of traditional Mexican art; particularly the panel with the painted skull. The story is extremely reader friendly, and stands alone as a really good, self contained story. The issue is a lot of fun and gives new readers a taste of what Hellboy is all about. If you have never picked up an issue of Hellboy before, then this is a great book to gauge whether or not you will enjoy the character.
The only negative thing I really have to say about this issue is that it seems to just end. After re-reading the last few pages the ending seemed to make more sense, so, maybe I just liked it so much I was sad it was over.
Clearly, I really enjoyed this issue and I thought it was a lot of fun. A fantastic, well written, self contained story that caters to the new reader. It will leave you wanting more!