Monday, October 21, 2013
31 Werewolves | The Wolves of Saint August
It was a werewolf that made me a Hellboy fan for life.
When Mike Mignola introduced his Hellboy character to the world, he lacked confidence in his writing ability and asked John Byrne to help with the scripts. Byrne wrote the first Hellboy story, Seed of Destruction, but quickly realized that Mignola was more than capable to write his own stuff and encouraged the artist to do so.
The short story, "The Wolves of Saint August" (serialized in Dark Horse Presents #88-91 before being collected in Hellboy, Volume 3: The Chained Coffin and Others) was Mignola's first attempt at writing Hellboy by himself and proved he was absolutely up to it. After reading it, I was hooked on whatever Mignola wanted to give me.
The sequence above isn't just one of my favorite Mignola bits, it's one of my favorite scenes of all time in any medium and goes to show how powerful comics can be. Any time someone says that horror comics can't be scary because the reader controls the pace... I point to this unbelievably effective and emotional scene.