Can you say creepy? If not, you need to read this issue because it totally defines the word. The art work by Max Fuimara brings it all to life, or should I say death? He captures the story line by authors Mike Mingola and Scott Allie with twisted perfection.
For anyone who isn’t familiar with the back story on the characters in these series, you will be happy to know that the authors have seen fit to include a brief but informative history to bring you up to speed on this crazy cast of players.
This one shot issue centers around Dr. J.H. O’Donnell and what happened in a not so distant past that created the man we see today. We start in what would be a completely normal scene in any office environment, a trip to the snack machine by co-workers. After a bit of banter including the usual office politics, the conversation is suddenly interrupted when Dr. O’Donnell appears in the hallway with his nurse. When you first see this poor man, it is easy to see something unworldly happened to him, so he immediately becomes the new topic of conversation in the corridor.
We learn that he wasn’t always the babbling wild eyed man being escorted through the building. Quite the contrary, at one time he was a well respected staff member at Columbia University. But all that changed when he excitedly accepted an opportunity to investigate the renowned personal library of a recently deceased colleague. Even though he was accompanied by HellBoy himself, it becomes clear that his fate was sealed the moment he picked up the first book. It seems that not all libraries are quiet halls of learning and contemplation. Some have more than dust in the shadowy dark corners. I am all for the quest for higher learning, but what happened to this poor man within these massive walls of literature is out of this world.