Hellboy is back… and still dead

Dark Horse comics has just announced the return of one of their most popular characters in an unusual way.

Hellboy, created by Mike Mignola, was killed back in 2011, but is now back in the comic world, albeit undead. “Hellboy in Hell” will be released in December 2012, with no details revealed as of yet about the comic. One can assume that Hellboy, being in Hell, will spend a good amount of time wandering and possibly trying to get back to the mortal realm, but who knows what Mignola has in mind for his baby.

Check out the full sized teaser image below!

In the meantime, check out this interview from Newsarama where Hellboy creator Mike Mignola discussed his plans to kill his character from the start:

Nrama: It gives you hope in the end because there’s a Hellboy in Hell series coming. Was this always the plan?

Mignola: It was almost from the beginning. A million years ago, I don’t remember exactly, but I was conceiving this thing as a book that would eventually go in this direction.

Nrama: Why this direction in particular? To Hell?

Mignola: As an artist, I’ve never really been comfortable drawing the real world, so even though you don’t see a lot of the real world in the Hellboy stories I’ve been doing, most of the stories were, up to a point, set in the real world. And I always felt just a little hampered by that.

The artist finally won. The writer can write about the real world, but the artist said, “If I’m going to draw this thing, I really want to eventually cut loose. Once I figure out what I want to do, art-wise, I want to be completely liberated from the real world.”

So that’s where we are.

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