Everyone's favorite stone-fisted, demonic antihero is following in the grand tradition of superhero adaptations -- begin with a cult classic Dark Horse mini-series
, follow that up with a film adaptation
starring the incredible Ron Perlman, and then continue to make the obligatory licensed action game of uncertain quality, in this case, the oft-delayed Hellboy: The Science of Evil
. Our trademark trepidation is somewhat shaken by the above trailer's God of War-esque combat and frequent quips
(delivered by Perlman himself, whose impressive video game repertoire
includes voice acting roles in the Fallout
series) -- has the ugly duckling we encountered at last year's E3
undergone a much-needed makeover?