Review: Hellboy and the BPRD: Old Man Whittier
With a fairly regular series of one-shots and miniseries, it’s a solid time to be a fan of Hellboy. You’re able to pick up an issue and just enjoy the fun. There might be some continuity and history within that hardcore fans will appreciate more, but the line has hit a groove where you can pick and choose what you want to read and not have to know years of history. Hellboy and the BPRD: Old Man Whittier is a solid example of this direction. It’s a one-shot that is a fun, quick read, but has a little more for those who have stuck around.
Written by Mike Mignola, Hellboy and the BPRD: Old Man Whittier ties into a previous release but can be enjoyed on its own. Hellboy and a young woman explore a house that was in her family and has deep ties to… something.
Of course there’s scares and weirdness, much more than the old inherited house aspect lets on. Mignola does a good job of giving us just enough of the history and occult aspect to roll with the story, saving long explanations and solving mysteries. Like Hellboy and his companion Catherine, we just roll with the surprises and crazy that pop up for us to deal with.
The art as always is great. Gabriel Hernández Walta continues the fantastic look we’ve come to expect with Dave Stewarts colors and lettering by Clem Robins. Hellboy and the BPRD: Old Man Whittier continues the style we’ve come to expect that does a great balance of the horror. It’s enough to evoke the genre without falling too far in the gross aspects of it all. The creepiness is there and keeps the atmosphere nice and uneasy.
Hellboy and the BPRD: Old Man Whittier continues what is a reliably entertaining comic line. You can dive in and out of it and it feels like you never left. It’s that comfortable fun comic you can return to and know you’ll feel welcomed to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Story: Mike Mignola Art: Gabriel Hernández Walta
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Clem Robins
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Purchase: comiXoloy/Kindle – Zeus Comics – TFAW