Hellchild is a busy story with a lot going on. It starts out with who we assume is Angelica, the daughter of Hades, who we learn in the intro died thousands of years ago. She has apparently been brought back to life and has become some kind of vampiric monster.
The story then flashes to Hades, her father, in his new life as a vampire hunter with his partner Liesel Van Helsing fighting off a gang of evil vampires. The leader gets away from them and is seemingly uninterested in all his fallen comrades. This disinterest concerns both Hades and Liesel but they don’t dwell long and return home to rest.
Unbeknownst to Hades, Liesel has a secret plan to bring Hades’ daughter back from the dead with the help of her witch friend Marian. She knows that Hades misses his daughter and would love to be able to see her again.
They then find the dead body of Morgana, a dangerous enemy they had previously killed, who is now under the care of powerful sorcerers who are trying to bring her back to life. After fighting off the group of sorcerers something goes wrong with the body as it starts to reanimate. It seems as though it is tethered to the broach that belonged to Angelica. Her body rises, just as Hades arrives, but it melts from Morgana into what looks like Angelica; however, she seems to be filled with a darkness that wasn’t there before.
- Interesting concept that might appeal to a wide variety of paranormal fans. It has vampires, Greek gods, witches and sorcerers all coexisting in the same modern environment.
- Moves quickly: there are a lot of things covered in this issue which some readers might enjoy.
- Some people may enjoy a rapid fire pace; however, I like being introduced to characters using more detail. There was a secondary story line which might pertain to who I think was the villain but it took me a few times of rereading it to notice. He has a strange story that is left open with a woman he brings back to his Crypt (because he is a vampire. Get it?)
- I would like to know why a team of the most powerful sorcerers would have a tiny little troll “guarding” their hallway when all he does is charge $8 and then lets you pass. That seems like a security risk on the best day.
- With a lot happening, the art is bright and vivid. There are several panels per page allowing a wide variety of images to describe what is going on, which tends to help the reader stay on track with the fast paced story.
- The issue I have that includes the art is when Angelica emerges in her new body and she is very scantily clad. No father wants to see his daughter almost nude. This made me feel a little bit awkward. Hopefully in the following issues she can don more clothes that she wont need to melt out of.