Hellboy: The Art of the Motion Picture Review

By Nolan P. Smith

I love artbooks. I love seeing the creative process and how a concept comes to life. With the Art of the latest Hellboy film, Dark Horse brings a fantastic look at the world of Hellboy in 2019.

The 175-page book is packed with concept art, illustrations, designs, and accompanying comic book art that fits into the tale told in the film. From the intro that takes place during the time of King Arthur to the final showdown, we get a look at every part of the film. The look at the Hellboy in Mexico scene, the opener for Hellboy in the film, is exceptionally well done, allowing us to look at how the movie translated the scene from the comic, inspired by the art of Richard Corben.

I love the chapter by chapter breakdown, giving us snippets of the script coupled with concept designs, comic book counterparts and scenes from the actual film. This artbook hits all the high notes, giving us a complete look at the film and what it took to get there. The images are all high quality and done in an order that ultimately makes sense. Plus, if you are a fan of the comic book imagery, there is plenty here to gaze upon.

I enjoyed the new film, so it makes sense to check out the accompanying artbook, which blew me away. Dark Horse always goes above and beyond with their artbook treatments, and Hellboy is no different. Perfect for fans of the new films, or simply for fans of Hellboy in general. A must have to add to your bookshelf.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10.

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