Over at Pop Matters, there's an interesting essay by Oliver Ho comparing the retro reference-laced comic books Dylan Dog and Hellboy. Ho writes:

If Hellboy is the all-American, indestructible demon with the Right Hand of Doom, then Dylan Dog is his handsome, eccentric, phobic (and horny) European cousin, with a penchant for the clarinet.

And then he goes on to explain why it matters that Hellboy is packed with references to 1920s and 30s pulp fiction, while Dylan Dog is jammed with movie references. If you're craving some solid literary criticism, or just want to get ready for the Dylan Dog movie, check this one out. [via Pop Matters]