Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writers: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi
Artist: Alex Maleev
Release Date: 7th January, 2015
Can Alex Maleev draw all of BPRD’s stuff now? Because this book is nothing short of stunning! I recently picked up his work on Daredevil over Christmas, and it was a sheer pleasure to be given this as one of my wildcards this week, based solely on the art alone. With his trademark signature style and over-expressive facial depictions, I was sold on this title from cover alone.
Once opened up, the book is still as much of a slow burner as it was last month, but it has been interesting to see how Hellboy is interacting on his first case. It would seem that the less experienced HB is not nearly as proactive and impulsive as we have grown accustomed to seeing, particularly from a character who is used to solving problems with a big ass gun or an equally as big ass fist. Here we see the Bureau team take centre stage in solving the mystery. With the pace picking up dramatically near the end, it looks like we’re finally getting in to the meat of the book with a new mystery presenting itself that we won’t talk about here, but I think I can safely say that next month will be opening with a bang.
Pretty short review for this one, as a fan of the series for many years now, it’s like a comfortable armchair and a cup of tea that might not be for everyone, but if you’re anything like me and enjoy either the writers or the artist then you owe it to yourself to get this, even if just to have the end product when it finishes; something I feel will be far more satisfying.