Review: Rise of the Black Flame #1

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The bizarre origin of the BPRD’s greatest foe.

Young girls are going missing from the cities of Siam, and the trail leads to the jungle hideout of a bloodthirsty cult wielding an ancient evil power—the Cult of the Black Flame.

I will say this for Mike Mignola‘s Hellboy universe, it is rarely dull. This holds true as Rise of the Black Flame #1 kicks off this new limited series. The comic is great because it incorporates brief mentions of one Mignola’s lesser known characters in the process. The issue showcases a solid balance between storytelling and history in a superb first issue.

Best known for his work on Criminal Macabre artist Christopher Mitten joins the Mignola universe. He manages to blend his own art style into the recognizable style of the Mignolaverse. Mitten showcases the various times in the intro well as the story begins in imperial held Burma. I’m curious to see if the series will continue in this time period or will it progress forward with each issue?

Story: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson  Art: Christopher Mitten
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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