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Rasputin, Krampus, and Koshchei the Deathless Expand the Mignolaverse this Winter

From Baba Yaga and Hecate, to the Black Flame and the Queen of Blood, Mike Mignola’s legendary Hellboy and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense have battled some of the most dangerous and despicable demons and villains in all of comics. In advance of San Diego Comic Con 2017, Dark Horse Comics has revealed three new titles for the strange, shared Mignolaverse of comic books and graphic novels comprised of Hellboy & the BPRD, Abe Sapien, BPRD, Lobster Johnson and Witchfinder, with all three new titles focusing on villains. With stories by Eisner award-winning artist Adam Hughes—who is illustrating his first ever Mignolaverse story, iZOMBIE co-creator Chris Roberson, and acclaimed Mignolaverse artists Christopher Mitten and Ben Stenbeck, the three new titles will explore the secret origins of two classic villains, Koshchei the Deathless and Rasputin, and introduce the Krampus into Hellboy’s odd world of fantasy and folklore.

The three new titles are:

Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon

Mike Mignola (W/Variant Cover), Chris Roberson (W), Christopher Mitten (A), Dave Stewart (C), Mike Huddleston (Cover)

A conspiracy involving the Third Reich and a dead member of a sinister secret society sets Professor Bruttenholm on his first mission—to find the man who’d soon bring Hellboy to earth. The mad Russian sorcerer Rasputin had been thought dead since 1916, when a group of noblemen sought to end his influence over the tsar. Now Rasputin works with the most twisted members of Hitler’s inner circle, and he’s about to cross paths with the man who’ll go on to found the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.

Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon‘s first issue (of five) goes on sale November 29, 2017.

Hellboy: Krampusnacht One-Shot

Mike Mignola (W/Variant Cover), Adam Hughes (A/C/Cover/Incentive Variant)
The only thing more exciting than pitting Hellboy against this Satanic spin on Santa is the team-up of Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes.

Hellboy: Krampusnacht One-Shot goes on sale December 20, 2017.

Koshchei The Deathless

Mike Mignola (W/cover), Ben Stenbeck (A), Dave Stewart (C)

Sent to kill Hellboy by the Baba Yaga in Darkness Calls, Koshchei the Deathless hinted at a long and tragic life before being enslaved to the Russian witch. Now Koshchei relives every horrible act on his road to immortality and beyond, with none other than Hellboy himself—in Hell. Mignola returns to Hell and to the bizarre folklore that’s filled some of his greatest books, reuniting with one of his favorite collaborators, Ben Stenbeck (Frankenstein Underground, Witchfinder: In The Service of Angels, Baltimore).

The first issue of Koshchei The Deathless (of six) goes on sale January 10, 2018.

Exclusive Preview: Witchfinder: City of the Dead #5

Witchfinder: City of the Dead #5

Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Ben Stenbeck (A), Michelle Madsen (C), Julian Totino Tedesco (Cover)

On Sale Date: 12/28/16

The Witchfinder returns to the secret chambers of London’s underground to stop the powerful vampire Vladimir Giurescu before he creates an empire of the risen dead.

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Mignola and Christopher Golden Conclude the Baltimore Saga in 2017

In 2017, Mike Mignola, the legendary creator of Hellboy and New York Times bestselling novelist Christopher Golden will reunite for the epic conclusion to Baltimore with Baltimore: The Red Kingdom, a five part comic book series from Dark Horse Comics co-written by Mignola and Golden, with art by award-winning children’s book illustrator Peter Bergting, colors by Michelle Madsen and stunning covers by Ben Stenbeck.

In Baltimore: The Red Kingdom, Lord Baltimore is missing. The Red King—evil incarnate—is taking over the world. Baltimore’s team has been driven apart, with some of them dying on the frontlines, while others are in hiding. Since the day he set out for revenge on the vampire who killed his family, Baltimore’s fight has gotten bigger than he’d ever imagined, but what role will he take as evil finally threatens to consume the world?

The first issue of Baltimore: The Red Kingdom goes on sale from Dark Horse Comics on February 1, 2017.

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Preview: Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1

Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1

Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Ben Stenbeck (A), Michelle Madsen (C), Michelle Madsen (Cover)

Sir Edward Grey, occult adviser to the queen, confronts flesh-eating corpses and discovers a temple beneath London. The mystery that compels him the most is what the sinister Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra wants with it—and from him.

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Mignola, Roberson, Stenbeck, and Madsen Team Up for Witchfinder: City of the Dead

This August, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, iZombie co-creator Chris Roberson, original Witchfinder series artist Ben Stenbeck and colorist Michelle Madsen will unite for Witchfinder: City of the Dead. In this five part miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, Sir Edward Grey, occult adviser to the queen, must defeat scores of flesh-eating corpses on the loose in London and explore a temple beneath London full of ancient secrets.  Artist Julián Totino Tedesco will provide covers for the series.

Mignola and Roberson are currently co-writing the acclaimed Hellboy & The BPRD adventures. Stenbeck returns to Witchfinder, the title he helped launched in 2009, before working on Baltimore and the acclaimed Frankenstein Underground.

Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 (of 5) is in stores August 31, 2016.WFCOFDV4 TPB CVR MOCKUP

 

Dark Horse Comics Announces Christmas in July & Major Hellboy & The BPRD News

HellboyAnd you thought the fireworks ended on the Fourth of July? In advance of San Diego Comic Con 2015, Dark Horse Comics revealed today a series of major announcements for the strange, shared Mignolaverse of comic books and graphic novels comprised of Hellboy, Abe Sapien, BPRD, Frankenstein Underground, Lobster Johnson and Witchfinder. In a year in which a new dinosaur has been named after Mike Mignola’s most famous creation and Dark Horse Comics has teased that “the impossible will happen” in the Mignolaverse, today’s news brings still more surprises: a new series, a new one-shot special,  new high profile collaborators and the departure of a longtime writer.

  • Legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and acclaimed Frankenstein Underground artist Ben Stenbeck will reunite to launch the new series Hellboy and the BPRD: 1953. Starting in October, timed to Halloween, they will release two one shots that follow Hellboy to England for his first-ever ghost hunt. Hellboy is joined by Professor Bruttenholm in the field to fight the phantom hand of a murderer and a demonic water spirit in stories reminiscent of the early Mignola masterpiece The Corpse.
  • Next January, the upcoming Hellboy Winter Special one-shot will include contributions of major, still unannounced comic book artists and will include the first ever Mignolaverse story co-written by Chris Roberson, the co-creator of iZOMBIE. Roberson and Mignola will co-write a 12 page story illustrated by Michael Walsh. The following month, Roberson will debut as the ongoing co-writer for Hellboy & The BPRD, with Mignola, working with artist Eisner & Harvey Award winning art team Paolo Rivera and Joe Rivera.
  • Next year will also see the conclusion of John Arcudi’s acclaimed run on BPRD which started in 2004. His run will conclude with issue 147 when BPRD: Hell on Earth concludes.

Arcudi gone? Roberson writing Hellboy!? The conclusion to Hell on Earth! Holy crap is it going to be an awesome time to be a fan of the Mignolaverse.

Mignola and Golden present the rise of a villain in Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King

There is an absolute evil. The Red King lives. On May 6, 2015, the legendary creator of Hellboy, Mike Mignola, and bestselling novelist Christopher Golden will reunite to present the rise of a new villain: the Red King in Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King, a five part comic book series from Dark Horse Comics with art by award winning children’s book illustrator Peter Bergting, colors by the award winning Dave Stewart and stunning covers by Ben Stenbeck.

The Red King is legendary. But is he the stuff of myth—or the ultimate adversary of the human race? In this series, Lord Baltimore discovers the truth about an ancient evil that threatens to destroy the world.

Black magic, corrupt religion and absolute evil? Beware the Red King. Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King goes on sale from Dark Horse Comics on May 6, 2015. Baltimore: Or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and Vampire will be available for paperback for the first time in July of 2015.

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Legendary Writer/Artist Mike Mignola Unleashes Frankenstein Underground in 2015

Dark Horse Comics will publish Frankenstein Underground, a new five-issue miniseries written by best-selling comic book creator Mike Mignola, with covers by Mignola and interior art by acclaimed artist Ben Stenbeck. The miniseries follows the Frankenstein monster, who is alone, abandoned, and wandering underground, where he discovers both other monsters and the dark secrets to the universe. The miniseries will be the second appearance of the Frankenstein monster within the mythology and continuity of Hellboy, B.P.R.D., and the other Mignolaverse titles; the character first appeared in the graphic novel House of the Living Dead by Mignola and Richard Corben.

Mignola is no stranger to Frankenstein’s monster. He’s long been fascinated by Shelley’s novel and the iconic Universal Studios films that it spawned. In 1991, he drew scenes from classic Universal Studios horror films for Topps trading cards and recently drew a Bride of Frankenstein Mondo print.

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Review: Baltimore: The Inquisitor (One-Shot)

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The Inquisition of early-modern European historical fame is reborn in vampire-plagued Eastern Europe near the end of the First World War. From Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, this Baltimore one-shot continues the wild-west-esque adventures of vampire hunter Lord Henry Baltimore across Eastern Europe. Baltimore has been the star of four other one-shots and three mini-series, and he’s a wonderful addition to the Mignolaverse.

The inquisitor really isn’t about Baltimore, though, but instead focuses on the titular character, a Jesuit arm of the reborn Inquisition and a Frenchman, Judge Patrice Duvic. He’s an unblinking force of the Church, determined to smite Hodge for his writings about vampires and to confront—and purge—Lord Baltimore of his evil. In this deranged Inquisitor’s opinion, acquaintanceship with vampires, even as a slayer, is only fit for those ordained by God; the flesh is always tainted, but painful purification saves the soul!

Stenbeck and Stewart provide the classic Mignolaverse milieu for the dark, richly metaphorical dialogue that paints rampant vampirism across the Austro-Hungarian Empire as a parable for the Empire’s economic and civil strife during 1917, just a year before their ultimate defeat and governmental dissolution. Mingola and Golden create the Inquisitor as a vicious, self-righteous, self-flagelleting priest that reminds me of Les Miserables’s irredeemable Javert. Baltimore’s presence book-ends the central story, and a violent confrontation is presaged.

I can hardly imagine a more exciting way to combine World War I, vampires, the Inquisition, and witches than this one-shot, which is well-worth the time. Baltimore really is one of those rare characters whose books you have to wait months for, but which always pay off as a visual and narrative odyssey.

Story: Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden   Art: Ben Stenbeck

Story: 8.75  Art: 8.5  Overall: 8.5  Recommendation: Buy

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

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