Review: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D 1953: Beyond the Fence #1

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A mysterious creature hunts the children of an idyllic suburban town, and the BPRD get more than they bargained for when their investigation begins to seem strangely familiar.

Ah, the strangeness of Hellboy meets the American idealism of the 1950s. Of course nothing is as it seems as, for some unknown and confusing reading Hellboy may be 9 in human years, but looks much older, given his stature and facial hair. Outside of that odd appearance this reads like a normal Hellboy story, complete with supernatural occurrences that leads to missing kids, missing adults, and even missing animals.

While Mike Mignola created Hellboy, and managed to bring his trademark art-style to the title, Paolo Rivera manages to take the idea into a more realistic style. That is oddly refreshing, despite the respect I have Mike Mignola as a writer and artist. All around the art is superb from it character drawings, to the setting itself.

Story: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson Art: Paolo Rivera
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review