This week marks the release of the newest enter in the Hellboy Universe, Young Hellboy, from co-writers Mike Mignola and Tom Sniegoski, master Craig Rousseau, colorist Dave Stewart, and letterer Clem Robins.
Young Hellboy — which is as it rackets Hellboy but young — has long been a sporadically-seen character, more one I’ve always personally missed more of. With the main Hellboy narrative now complete, I’m hoping this new four-part miniseries is the beginning of more Young Hellboy undertakings. The first issue is out tomorrow, and in advance, I was able to send a few questions to co-writer Tom Sniegoski…enjoy!
ZACK QUAINTANCE: Aside from persons under the age of the main attribute, what were some of the differences the team brought to this story as compared to adult Hellboy narrations? Plainly, he struck me as a bit more chatty…
TOM SNIEGOSKI: We were very focused on this particular miniseries being recreation. We wanted a real sense of escapade with this one — like something from the 1930 s pastes — and wanted it to reflect that wide-eyed wonder of our young exponent. And he’s definitely style more chatty, like an overly roused ten-year-old often is.
ZACK: This comic felt totally fun and free to me. Was that part of the idea? Not to bungle things, but between apes and fossils, you checked a good deal of my favorite activity comic boxes.
TOM: That was totally our goal. Mike and I were pretty specific in the kinds of crazy things we wanted to see in this story. The more we talked, the more we just knew that it had to have ape workers, dinosaurs, giant crabs . . . . And that’s pretty much how it get. We really required it to be fun.
ZACK: I liked how it was also undeniably a Hellboy comic, between the use of lore and the ominousness of the revolutionary. How cognizant were you in balancing the sort of youth appeal with the more complex elements of the dealership?
TOM: We most certainly craved things to be fun, but we also wanted the miniseries to keep its identity as a Hellboy comic. All the things that make a Hellboy story a Hellboy story are most definitely there. It fits into the very specific timeline that Mike has laid out there for the character, and his universe.
ZACK: Craig Rousseau’s work here is really fantastic. How helpful were you with the scripting, especially with panel organizations and person schemes?
TOM SNIEGOSKI: Mike and I directed full dialogue, so there are very specific instructions on how things should look, and what’s going on in each particular background. But there was also quite a bit of freedom for Craig to interpret things. Craig’s material was so amazing that most of the time his interpretation of things was actually better than what was seen inside our intelligences. He actually nailed this story.
ZACK: Finally, as someone who’s been hoping for more Young Hellboy escapades for years, I’m hoping this is a start for more lines with the character. Anything you can tell us about whether that’s the case?
TOM: Let’s just say, everybody involved with this series had a blast, and would Affection be coming for more. Let’s just hope that the Hellboy fans out there feel the same. Fingers intersected!
Published by Dark Horse Comics, Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land# 1 arrives in stores and digitally tomorrow, February 17 th.
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