Mike Mignola is slated to conclude his series Hellboy in Hell with the tenth issue's release on June 1. That's not quite the end of the run though, as Dark Horse will also release Hellboy in Hell Volume 2 in October. In advance of the release of the series’ conclusion, Dark Horse Comics has released the cover to Hellboy in Hell Volume 2 by Mignola and colorist Dave Stewart. Following the conclusion of Hellboy in Hell, Mignola will take a year off from illustrating interior comic book pages in order to focus on fine art painting.
“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.”
After facing off for a second time against the Vampire of Prague, Hellboy, dead and in Hell, comes down with a fatal illness, and seeks the help of an incompetent team of doctors. As he explores the geography of Hell, learning little from a confused pair of map makers, Hellboy gets a glimpse of the new World Tree that he helped to create, stands accused of murder by his own sister and, in a way, brings about the destruction of Pandemonium itself.
Full press release below.
Dark Horse Comics Unveils Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart’s Cover for The Trade Paperback of HELLBOY IN HELL Volume 2