Review: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D 1953: Beyond the Fence #3

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Man’s best friend becomes Hellboy’s worst nightmare in a Cold War–era mission.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D 1953: Beyond the Fence #3 raises more questions than it answers, as a coworker with Hellboy has a vision of something strange and a cult like group kneeling at a mysterious idol. This is on top of a vision of a man who seems to be a magician of some kind. While the link is subtle as to why he’s there, it does beg one key question; What are Russian agents doing in small town America?

Like the story, the art is polished but violent. The monster’s arrival at a child-filled school is almost iconic as it is simple. I will admit the fight between Hellboy and the strange dog thing is action filled and visually solid as they both trade blows. The vision scenes are amazing, even as they raise a whole bunch of questions, they look absolutely great.

I doubt, and hope not, that this will be the end of Hellboy’s adventures in 1953.

Story: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson Art: Paolo Rivera Ink: Joe Rivera
Color: Dave Stewart Cover Art: Paolo Rivera
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review