Reviews for His Father's Son
princessebee chapter 1 . 2/20/2012
The Wild Hunt really is spectacular, isn't it?

I thought you did great picking up the differences! Very, very much so! I really enjoyed the exchange between he and Bruttenholm and IMO, this is one of your best stories.

Quick critiques:

* I don't think Alice would've walked away from him so easy... she practically clung to him all throughout Wild Hunt, and made sure to stay very close

* I think by this point it's very obvious that Hellboy has feelings for Alice and that doesn't come across in this story - but it is a significant part of what's going on for him so I think it's relevant

Other than that, this was really great. 3 Great introspection, interaction and depiction.
jelibeanne chapter 1 . 4/12/2011
Why my previous review of this story didn't post, I'll never know, but I decided to reread your wonderful gem, I saw my review was not amongst the others!

As you know, I am a huge fan of your writing, but this story is your absolute best yet! The tone was spot on - the conversation between Hellboy and his father was beautiful and inspired - as well as the mannerisms and environment that painted a visual in my mind placed there by your words. Warm, golden and green, bespectacled with the colors of the flowers - I was there in the Irish hills. And I love your dialog between Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm. I have many a mental conversation with my parents in the same vein, so the loss and confusion is done with perfect pitch.

Thank you for sharing!
Anonymous chapter 1 . 5/10/2010
I read this shortly after I read Wild Hunt, and it made me a little teary. This is a fantastic story.
Lazulia chapter 1 . 4/20/2010
Do you know what my favourite type of fanfic is? The kind that fit in so perfectly with established canon that it feels like a missing scene. And this feels exactly like that.

Beautiful comicverse story. You've definitely captured comic Hellboy's voice (and Professor Bruttenholm's as well) and turned this into a wonderful moment that could have been plucked straight from The Wild Hunt. I hope you'll grace us with more comicverse stories.
LM chapter 1 . 4/8/2010
Well, I can't comment on the accuracy of the characterization (comic vs. film), but it is beautifully written! A Father's Day story?
soogi chapter 1 . 4/6/2010
I've never thought about Red's adoption as one would about a 'troubled youth's. That is what I got most of all from your story. I'm so glad to see you are still posting.
Joelle Hart chapter 1 . 4/4/2010
I was going to protest that Hellboy seemed much too little surprised by the appearance of Trevor Bruttenholm. Then I realized, you're right, he's been meeting up with plenty of people he's known in the past who have been dead, and none of that fazed him in the least.

The most meaningful part of this story, to me, is Hellboy asking whether Trevor ever regretted raising him. We know that at least one person was actively campaigning to have him killed through the first eight years of his life (in "Right Hand of Doom") - Trevor was likely to have been given plenty of reasons to doubt his choice, so I appreciate the ease with which you make him dismiss Hellboy's worry.

I especially like that Trevor says, "There you go." I think of that phrase as typically Hellboy, and it's a phrase Mike Mignola has used - Hellboy appeared to have inherited from his creative father, so to speak - and so it's sweet to think it entered Hellboy's lexicon from his father within the story. I wonder if the phrase was used by Mike Mignola's father.
Captain Zombie chapter 1 . 4/2/2010
Dude, this is AWESOME. ILOVE IT!
MysticDawn5 chapter 1 . 4/2/2010
This was fantastic. You wrote both Bruttenholm and Hellboy very much in character. I could hear them in my head, see the scene playing out. It was very faithful to the comics as well, though retained that quality about the movie version that I appreciate the most.

"What if that trust is misplaced?" he finally said in a very small voice.

"Trust, my boy, is never misplaced. It may be disappointed, but it is never misplaced."

This part, especially, really touched me, because it's so true. I'm glad you felt inspired enough by "The Wild Hunt" to write this heartfelt oneshot. Keep them coming!