Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom
The Right Hand of Doom
Trade Paperback Cover
|Publisher||Dark Horse Comics|
|Publication date||January 29, 2003|
|Created by||Mike Mignola|
|Written by||Mike Mignola|
|Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom||ISBN 978-1-59307-093-9|
The Right Hand of Doom is the fourth trade paperback collection in the Hellboy series created by Mike Mignola published by Dark Horse Comics on February 4, 2004 which collects various mini-series, one-shots and back-up features featuring fictional paranormal detective Hellboy.
Part One: The Early Years
Mignola claims he wrote this story as a joke after stating he wasn't interested in writing about a young Hellboy only for it to prove a popular success.
The Nature of the Beast
Mignola claims that this story based on the 6th century English folktale about St. Leonard of Limousin was one of the first Hellboy stories he thought of back in 1994 but it took him 5 years to write it up.
In the story Hellboy is asked by the Osiris Club to slay the Saint Leonard Worm as a test of his virtue, but his dubious success (and lilies that grow from his shed blood) make the outcome of the test unclear.
This story by Mike Mignola was created specially for this collection.
Part Two: The Middle Years
Mignola has stated that this is one of his favorite Hellboy stories but it was one of the hardest to do as it was a very close adaptation of a Japanese folktale that he wanted to have an authentic feel despite knowing nothing about the country.
The story was adapted as an animated segment in the movie Hellboy: Sword of Storms.
Goodbye, Mister Tod
Mignola claims that the story developed from a reworked opening for a non-Hellboy mini-series that he eventually dropped that demonstrates his fascination with the works of H.P. Lovecraft and with ectoplasm.
This story by Mike Mignola was originally published in Sunday-newspaper-strip format in Dark Horse Extra and was reformatted for this collection.
Mignola claims that the story was inspired by a single paragraph he had read 20 years previously describing the eponymous celestial body-devouring Romanian vampire and that the hardest thing about writing it was finding the book again to get the monster’s name.
Part Three: The Right Hand of Doom
The Right Hand of Doom
Mignola claims that after 5 years of writing Hellboy he decided to direct the readers' attention to the characters' mysterious right hand.
In the story Hellboy meets the son of Professor Malcolm Frost, who had once tried to have him destroyed, to learn the reason for the professor's antipathy.
Box Full of Evil
This story, written by Mike Mignola and penciled by Matthew Dow Smith, was originally published in two-issue mini-series Hellboy: Box Full of Evil (August-September 1999) along with back-up features The Killer in My Skull and Abe Sapien versus Science.
Mignola has stated that the story featuring the hand of glory and St. Dunstan was written to bring a final end to the Beast of the Apocalypse story-arc. A four-page epilogue was added for this collection to tie-in this conclusion with the preceding The Right Hand of Doom story.
In the story a mysterious robbery in an ancient English mansion called Guarino's castle sets Hellboy and Abe Sapien on the trail of a saint, a warlock, a demon, an archduke of Hell, and a gun-wielding monkey. After Igor Bromhead releases minor demon Ualac, the crown of the Beast of the Apocalypse becomes the main prize in the resulting conflict that summons forth the demon Astaroth.
- Mignola, Mike (2006). Hellboy. Vol. 4: The Right Hand of Doom. Dark Horse Comics. ISBN 978-1-59307-093-9.
- "Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom TPB". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved February 18, 2009.
- "Abe Sapien: Drums of the Dead". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved February 18, 2009.
- "Hellboy: Box Full of Evil #1 (of 2)". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved February 19, 2009.
- "Hellboy: Box Full of Evil #2 (of 2)". Dark Horse Comics. Retrieved February 19, 2009.