100 Comics Positives For 2013 -- Hellboy Turned Twenty
Mike Mignola's Hellboy character turned twenty this year. That is a fun character, the comics in which he stars are and which he's inspired have been an excellent vehicle for Mignola's unique visual sensibilities, and as a property it's been managed extremely, extremely well. It's only in comics that you tend to look at franchise work with such admiration, I think because 1) there are more talented cartoonists than there are opportunities for them to make comics, 2) a lot of the franchises and properties are used in a depressing way. I imagine you could go to the comics shop and buy nothing but comics spun out of the creation of this character; what's more, that's a relationship with comics I would totally respect.