Another of our favorite character from Dark Horse is back, this time Sir Edward Grey is taking on Zombies! Well no one has said the word zombie in Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 but that’s about the long and short of it. Now you would think at this point another zombie book would be tiring but Sir Edward’s methods and attitude are so different and refreshing it’s a blast to read. Stylistically Edward is the closest character to BBC’s Sherlock as there has ever been in a Victorian setting. He’s brash, rude, unbelievably intelligent, and unafraid of thwarting convention.
Wait who’s Edward Grey?
But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. This is “the witchfinder” of the Hellboy universe Edward Grey’s fourth volume of adventures. In this seventh story we find him still in the position of Occult Adviser to the Queen of England and having just finished a rather horrific child abduction case he is summoned yet again this time to investigate something seemingly as mundane as grave robberies? We know there will be much more to the story especially with Edward’s arch nemesis’ the sinister Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra skulking around.
So is this a Hellboy comic?
Really? You haven’t been reading the extended Hellboy universe titles? Lobster Johnson? Sledgehammer 44? The Rise of the Black Flame? Get thee to a comic shop my friend and stock up on some trades! No this isn’t a “Hellboy comic”, Edward exists in the same universe so expect the same level of in depth occult stories, with some of the same deities, and the same sick art style that will definitely haunt your dreams.
Speaking of the art, check out a 5 page preview.
This is a solid comic, extremely well written, a page turner full of gallows humor, action, and mystery, with a great cliff-hanger ending. The art is on point fitting in perfectly in the Hellboy universe we know and love. What more can I say Witchfinder: City of the Dead is another home run for the Mignola-verse. I’m 100% hooked, can’t wait for issue #2. Get yours August 31st at your local comic shop.
Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1
Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson
Artist: Ben Stenbeck
Colorist: Michelle Madsen
Cover Artist: Julian Totino Tedesco
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Publication Date: August 31, 2016
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
UPC: 7 61568 00052 8 00111