... anyone up for discussion of The Wild Hunt?
(With apologies to soarer_visions and the other diligent fans who were following each issue and discussed it, like, half a year ago).
I did go back and read the previous thread on this board. Those who participated in it -- have your opinions on the big twists changed from then til now?
I gotta say, I am also of two minds about the new Heir identity revelation -- it seems a bit much. But then again, I like this series because it _is_ "much" -- if I wasn't turned off by Beast of Apocalypse vs. Nazis & Rasputin & Cthulhu, really, why get stodgy now? I did love the way the story unfolded -- especially the gradual revelation of what happened during the fight with the giants.
Re: the name Sarah Hughes --
The name Catherine Tanner-Tremain comes from the biography Guillermo del Toro wrote for Hellboy, included as an extra with the first movie. Since Mignola and del Toro were working in such tight collaboration, especially for the first movie, I'm pretty surprised that they apparently didn't agree on Hellboy's mother's name. On the other hand, the biographies contained some pretty weird info -- Hellboy could talk to dogs as a child? seriously? -- so maybe Mike really didn't have much input into them.
Speaking of names, I tried looking up Hellboy's father's name. There's a huge body of mythology on "Azazel", not quite the right name, but contained within it is mention of the name "Azzael" as a fallen angel in connection with the passage Genesis 6:1-4, which talks about angels (or fallen angels) impregnating human women -- verse 4 says, "In those days, and even later, there were descendants of human women and the heavenly beings. They were the great heroes and famous men of long ago." (Sure sounds like Hellboy)
On the topic of biblical reference -- "Remember me when you come into your kingdom" = very significant, yes?
At the end, Hellboy uses his tail to hold the Sword as he embraces Alice. Of course in the movies his tail is prehensile, but I didn't think it was in the comics -- has he ever previously in the comics used his tail to grasp something?
Finally, is Hellboy getting a comics-canon romance? I wasn't sure what his relationship to Alice was meant to be, but being that in the sketches in the back she's drawn calling his name with a big heart symbol popping off the top of her head, looks rather suspect...