Mike Mignola, Duncan Fegredo, Dave Stewart, and Clem Robins, will unleash a new three-part miniseries starring a Giant Robot Hellboy this October.
The even more destructive version of Hellboy was Inspired by Mignola’s pencil drawings from Mike Mignola: The Quarantine Sketchbook, and the story starts when a kidnapped Hellboy is strapped into an enormous mecha-Hellboy for an adventure featuring kaiju-smashing action.
Mike Mignola said, “Giant Robot Hellboy is my very obvious nod to all those Japanese giant monster movies—which I actually have no particular love for. What I DO love is listening to Geof Darrow and Art Adams TALK about those movies—so really, I guess this series was inspired by those guys. I had the idea for this one a long time ago but figured it was too silly to actually do—then the pandemic came along and I started to do all those sketches I would post online. I had never given a serious thought to what a giant robot Hellboy would look like but I knocked out a few sketches and I liked them—and so the thing started to seem like something that could actually be done.”
Mignola was also quick to point out that he believed (although we beg to differ!) that he “…wasn’t the artist for it and I knew both Arthur and Geof were busy with other things, so the only other artist I thought of was Duncan. I had no idea how Duncan would respond. Too silly? I didn’t know, but I figured I’d pitch it to him and if he said no that would be an end to it. The rest is history.”
Mignola praised Fegredo’s art style and said “The man can draw anything which is very nice for a writer. What is special about Duncan is no matter what you ask him to draw, no matter how difficult or complicated—he will make it MORE complicated (and, of course, more difficult) . Everything ends up being so much more than you asked for and Duncan will endlessly curse HIMSELF for overdoing things—and we will all sit back (eventually) and marvel at this amazing thing he has created.”
Fegredo added more details about the story and jokingly compared his experience on the comic to “Big Red’s” and said “Hellboy awakes to an out-of-body experience and simultaneously has to deal with the usual fallout from mad scientists doing their thing whilst learning to walk again. Come to think of it, that pretty much describes my return to collaborating with Mike Mignola… if you enjoyed my previous forays into grand scale storytelling, whoops, I did it again!”
The first issue of Giant Robot Hellboy will be available on October 25, 2023, with a cover by Fegredo and a variant cover by Mignola and Stewart. The second issue will feature a variant cover by Darrow and Stewart and issue 3 will feature a variant cover by Adams.
Check out Fegredo and Mignola’s cover below and stay tuned to Conskipper for all of your Hellboy news.