Mike Mignola has announced that his series Hellboy In Hell will be ending with its tenth issue. Mignola announced that in an interview with Vulture, including discussing why the series is ending sooner than he'd previously discussed.
“I was looking at what I had done, and coming off one of the stories I realized, 'Oh, we're further along in some way than I thought we were going to be. We got where we were going a lot faster,’” said Mignola. “I had some fun stuff lined up that I was going to do, but if I did it, it was just going to soften the impact, it was just going to ramble more than it needed to ramble. I thought, If we're going there, let's just go there now. So, yes, we're wrapping up Hellboy in Hell.”
Back in 2013 while working on Hellboy In Hell #5, Mignola told Newsarama that had the first ten issues all figured out and has much more planned.
"I've got the material for the next five issues, which will become Volume 2, all figured out; not that it might not change once I get there. Then after that, I already have a pretty good idea of what the next five issues will be. I've got so much material I want to do, it's just a matter of arranging these stories in some kind order. I've got a lot to do, lot to figure out, but still just tip of iceberg of what I want to do. I’ve said many times, can't imagine doing anything in comics other than Hellboy In Hell, because it's a bottomless pit of material to play with."
Although never advertised as a monthly series, Hellboy In Hell only released two issues in 2015 and one the year before. The most recent issue of Hellboy In Hell was September's #8; no specific date or month was given for what now will be the final two issues.
In the Vulture intervieew, Mignola also said that following the end of the series, he would be taking a year off of drawing comics to focus on writing and painting.
“It's been at least 25 years since I finished something and I didn't know what I was doing next — I've always had a project lined up,” said the writer/artist “I've painted in the past, but I only average about one painting a year, and the last painting I did, I actually really liked. So I thought, Gee, if I do a bunch of paintings, maybe I'll actually figure out what I'm doing instead of relearning every year. So I asked my wife, could I do this? Could I just take a year off and just paint? Of course, I can't really take a year off — I am co-plotting B.P.R.D. and these various other books, but I'd like to take a year off from drawing any kind of comics, and just spend the bulk of a year doing color work. I've never taken a significant chunk of time to just do work essentially for myself. I have no idea where it's gonna go, but it's exciting. It's what keeps me going.“