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Although he's dead, Hellboy has been making the rounds in the afterlife in Hellboy in Hell.  The series, written and illustrated by Mike Mignola and colored by Dave Stewart, has chronicled this journey for nine issues, but it's set to end with June's issue #10.  Dark Horse Comics has released the cover for the second and final volume of the series, The Death Card, set for release in October.

“Doing the cover to this collection was tough and of course I overthought the hell out of it,” said Mignola. “It's the end of the series and so much happens. How do I get that onto a cover? In the end, after doing two self-rejected covers, I decided to just illustrate the title of the book. The Death Card. There is also a fairly subtle nod to the climax of the book in there, but mostly it’s illustrating the title while trying to do a composition very similar to the cover of the first collection. Since the two books do make one story, I really wanted to design the book covers so they would work well side by side.”

The Death Card picks up with Hellboy coming down with a fatal illness after facing off against the Vampire of Prague for the second time.  Who knew you could get sick in Hell?  He continues to explore the geography of the underwold until he glimpses the new World Tree that he helped create.  It stands accursed of murder by his own sister, and in a way, brings about the destruction of Pandemonium itself.

After Hellboy in Hell wraps up, Mignola will be taking a year off from illustrating interior comic book pages to focus on fine art painting.  This isn't the only Mignolaverse title coming to an end this year.  Abe Sapien will be wrapping up in August and B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth ends in November.  Dark Horse will continue to publish Hellboy & The BPRD, co-written by Mignola and Chris Roberson, as well as other titles that Mignola will co-write, but not illustrate.

Hellboy in Hell: Volume 2 will be released in comic shops on October 5th, and book stores on October 18th.




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