Thursday, June 01, 2017

Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea: The Platypus Reads Part CCCXII

Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea

S.T. Coleridge: U bless Snek
Mike Mignola: Bless Snek? U crazy?
S.T. Coleridge: Y U noe bless Snek? U bless Snek
Mike Mignola: U bless Snek, Snek et U: CHOMP!

That's about the shape of it, and well taken it is. Of course, there's also the nods to the styles of Prince Valiant, Gustave Dore, and Arthur Rackham, not to mention the allusions to Moby Dick, Diogenes, Robert E. Howard, and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. If you're a Lit Geek and a Pop Culture Geek, then it's still pretty hard to get cooler than Mike Mignola. Oh, did I mention that he critiqued the entire 19th century scientific project in the same terms as The Abolition of Man? Yeah, cool stuff.

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