A few weeks ago, I thrilled to the news that Hellboy and the BPRD are back. The issue hits shelves on December 3 (just over a week away!), and I’m here to tell you that it is great reading.
Set in 1952, we get Hellboy’s first outing as a member of the BPRD. There are bizarre murders happening in Brazil, and Professor Bruttenholm sends Hellboy on the mission – he knows how miserable Big Red is, cooped up in the BPRD compound. We see the father’s love for his son, and the painful understanding that yes, his little boy is growing up and needs to be out on his own. We see Hellboy, before he was jaded by everything he’s seen – he’s thrilled to be in Brazil! Smelling pine trees! He’s young, idealistic, and OUTSIDE.
Not everyone is thrilled that Hellboy is along for the ride. Some of the group seems a little… human-centric, and let’s not even discuss what the local priest in Brazil thinks when he gets an eyeful of the Big Guy. There’s definitely some secrets to uncover, though, and I can’t wait to find out along with the group.
Mike Mignola and John Arcudi have storytelling duties on this issue, and as I’ve said before, who tells a Hellboy story better? The groundwork is set, the story is already being layered, and I’m willing to go wherever they want to take me. I’m already interested in the internal conflict that Professor Bruttenholm has going on and hope that emerges as a strong subplot. Alex Maleev’s art is moody, borderline sinister – in other words, perfect for this story.
Make sure Hellboy and the BPRD is on your pull list – this one’s going to sell out FAST.
HELLBOY AND THE BPRD #1 (of 5)
Writers: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artist: Alex Maleev
Publisher: Dark Horse
Diamond ID: OCT140009