Review – Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953–The Witch Tree & Rawhead and Bloody Bones (Dark Horse)

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Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Mike Mignola
Artwork: Ben Stenbeck, Dave Stewart
Release Date: 25th November, 2015

Hellboy and Bruttenholm’s adventures through England continue, with two brand new stories will send chills down your spine, then make you want to go study up on folklore legends.

In the first story, “Witch Tree’’, they come up against an ancient witch and some undead Roman centurions. It is based on the legend of ‘’Boudica’s Revenge’’, albeit with Mike Mignola’s unique stamp, once again using history and fables to creep us out in ways only he can. This is the better of the two tales – and the best of the new series thus far. Not only is it engrossing storytelling, but Stenbeck has no qualms about throwing in a nightmare inducing image that’ll stick with you for a while.

The second story “Rawhead and Bloody Bones’’, is shorter, but it’s frightening fun nonetheless. Here, Hellboy and Bruttenholm are investigating a haunting in a country pub. This one is based on the old bogeyman nursery rhyme the title of story is named after. Although a tad brief, it’s a neat little additive to cap-off a great issue.

The monster of the week approach means that you can enjoy these issues as standalone treats, without having to worry about missing important plot points if you haven’t been keeping up-to-date with the Hellboy saga. This is light, spooky fun best read on stormy nights under a dim light with the drapes closed – because you don’t know which sort of spook will be outside your window waiting for you.

All in all, yet another winner from the magnificent mind of Mike Mignola. Not only does this series hit the spot in terms of entertainment, but you might find yourself wanting to read up on English folk tales afterwards.

Rating: 5/5.

The writer of this piece was: Kieran Fisher
Kieran Tweets from @HairEverywhere_.

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