This was a surprisingly quick read. Set in the past, Hellboy encounters Mexican wrestlers, vampires, a Frankenstein type professor and his Igor. The story does stretch credulity with Hellboy constantly being drunk, and having a successful career as a Mexican wrestler.
The artwork is pretty as always, the style does strangely work in the past and the gothic style. I will admit that I have only read the odd Hellboy and have watched the films. I just wanted it to be a longer graphic novel, because there were some characters that I would have liked to know more about. Maybe more knowledge of this universe would enable a better reading experience. I suspect that this book plugs a gap in Hellboy’s timeline.
It is probably ok for teenagers to read, and those that are old enough to have sneakily watched the films before they legally should. The shortness of the book would appeal to reluctant readers.