I love Mike Mignola's art. I always have. Reading this book reminds me there's a whole Hellboy universe I haven't read and need to.
Books like this are a joy to read. Focus on an artist or a writer, showing their work all collected together. It's also great reading something like this because there's a bunch of stuff I'd forgotten about, didn't realize he drew it or completely missed the first time around.
The book starts off with a Phantom Stranger mini-series. I'd forgotten he was the artist on this book. It's been years since I read it, so it was brand new to me again. He's perfectly matched to draw the Stranger. I'd love to see him do a book today with the character.
This also collects The World Of Krypton mini-series. I never read it the first time around. It was part of John Byrne's reboot of the Superman universe and I found it pretty fascinating. I know, I know. Byrne is a hack, but he's still an interesting one. There are some other Superman stories here. I didn't realize he'd done as much Superman as he had.
I have to say my favorite stuff in here is his Batman stuff. He was born to draw Batman. His art is super moody, super stylized. He fits Batman like a glove. I'd love to see a Batman series drawn by him. It would be magnificent.
I want more books like this!
The DC Universe By Mike Mignola
Writer: Paul Kupperberg, John Byrne, Roger Stern, Jerry Ordway, George Perez, Neil Gaiman, Dan Raspler, Mike Mignola, Steve Purcell
Artist: Mike Mignola, P. Craig Russell, Rick Bryant, Carlos Garzon, Karl Kesel, Jerry Ordway, George Perez, Curt Swan, Brett Breeding, John Statema, Troy Nixey, Kevin Nowlan