Of all the kids comics titles out there how could we possibly pass up previewing a title like Itty Bitty Hellboy? Dark Horse Comics’ new five-issue mini-series hits comic book stores in two weeks, August 28, 2013, but we’ve previewed it so you have time to order it from your local shop or add it to your pull list.
Itty Bitty Hellboy at first blush has the look of My Little Pony or Adventure Time–bright and cheery colors and fonts and wacky-styled characters and stories. The difference is that the title character is a demon with an irregular-sized arm who is almost a caricature of the Hellboy in the standard monthlies. (Where’s that broken horn?) He’s that feisty little spawn we saw in Hellboy the movie, yet he fits right in with this crowd of a neighborhood of kids, much like you’d find in Peanuts or The Simpsons. His lifelong friend Liz is here, as well as some rather unusual friends you wouldn’t find in Springfield.
Broken into multiple stories that help develop our understanding of Hellboy and his friends, Itty Bitty Hellboy feels like a cross between Calvin and Hobbes and Spy vs. Spy. It’s good, innocent fun any kid will like and any parent should approve of.
Check out a preview of Itty Bitty Hellboy for yourself here.
Before the release of Itty Bitty Hellboy, this week IDW Publishing is releasing another monthly comic book featuring cute, pre-adolescent demons with its series KISS Kids. We’re talking the next take on Muppet Babies here. It’s the same concept as Hellboy, only for the 1980s big-hair and face paint rock band we get to see them as itty bitty pre-teens. Yes, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pre-Teen Dirty Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos, or Pre-Pubescent Radioactive Blackbelt Hamsters, only they’re a painted-faced band.
Download a preview of KISS Kids Issue #1 here.
KISS Kids Issue #1 is in comic books stores tomorrow and Itty Bitty Hellboy Issue #1 is out August 28, 2013.