Hellboy: Sword of Storms

Mr. BoyThe Cartoon Network is airing an animated Hellboy movie called “Hellboy: Sword of Storms” this Saturday at 6:30pm. I’d heard about the series at the local comic book convention last year, but it’d dropped off my radar until seeing it in a magazine this week.

Because it’s 2006, you can find an online production diary for the series in blog format. I haven’t read it yet, part of my stay-completely-unspoiled policy (which is cleverly disguised as having no free time at all).

My knee-jerk impression based on nothing other than the pictures on that blog: it looks like a more standard animation style than trying to do an exact duplicate of Mike Mignola’s style. That could be good or bad; The Amazing Screw-on Head was clearly made by people who were huge fans of the comic book and ended up being a slavish reproduction. It was neat to see my favorite comic book in motion on a major network, or even the Sci-Fi Channel, but at the same time it felt like there was nothing there I hadn’t already seen. And I haven’t seen or heard anything about the continuation of that series, so I’m assuming it didn’t make a huge impression.

Hellboy (apparently it’s intended to be a series) looks like it’s going for a more easily-animated style, and the synopsis of Sword of Storms sounds like it’s faithful to the comics while leaving plenty of room to be an ongoing action-heavy series. If you want to grab the anime market, start your story in Japan: good idea.

At this point, I’m expecting to have the same reaction as I did to the movie: good effort, nice to see the characters in motion, but on the whole basically forgettable. I’m open to being pleasantly surprised, though.

3 thoughts on “Hellboy: Sword of Storms”

  1. …which reminds me that you should really read George R.R. Martin’s “Storm of Swords.” I think you’d dig it. Along with the rest of the “Song of Ice and Fire” series.

  2. I’ve heard of those books, but always equated them with the “Wheel of Time” series, which I hate. Maybe that was unfair, and I should check them out. It’s going to be a while before I get back into fantasy/sci-fi again though, especially considering how slowly I read.

  3. A closer comparison would be the “Dune” series…or at least the original Frank Herbert installment. Lots of intrigue, double-dealing, assasinations. Characters meeting unsavory ends. Martin draws a lot of his inspiration from the War of the Roses, transplanting events from historic England to his own “magical realm of fantasy.”

    Anyway, we got loanin’ copies at the house.

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