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Preview: The British Paranormal Society: Tie Out of Mind #1 (of 4)

The British Paranormal Society: Tie Out of Mind #1 (of 4)

(W) Chris Roberson, Mike Mignola (A) Andrea Mutti (CA) Sebastian Fiumara
In Shops: Apr 27, 2022
SRP: $3.99

British Paranormal Society members Simon Bruttenholm and Honora Grant arrive at Noxton together, but with separate goals: Honora hopes to uncover information on the town’s strange traditions, while Simon is searching for his missing assistant. But their separate investigations lead down the same twisted path that hides a dark secret behind Noxton’s innocent façade! Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson expand the Hellboy universe with a spooky new tale featuring art by Andrea Mutti with colors by Quinton Winter.

Honora and Simon from Witchfinder in their own new series!

The British Paranormal Society: Tie Out of Mind #1 (of 4)

Preview: Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #5

Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #5

Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson
Artist: Christopher Mitten, Ben Stenbeck
Colorist: Dave Stewart, Michelle Madsen
Cover Artist: Christopher Mitten, Mike Mignola

When Hellboy and the Professor face a dead-end in their supernatural investigations, Simon Bruttenholm offers inspiration in the form of a tale when the combined forces of the entire Silver Lantern club were required to defeat a strange occult endeavor!

Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #5

Review: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1957: Forgotten Lives

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1957: Forgotten Lives

Hellboy and Professor Trevor Bruttenholm team up for some quality father-son time at a New York potter’s field where they try to unravel the mystery of a spectral being haunting the packed graveyard. Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1957: Forgotten Lives is a haunting tale that feels like it breaks the Hellboy mold a bit taking the story in a somber and touching direction.

Written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1957: Forgotten Lives is a story about family and being remembered once you are no long on this planet. There’s something rather sad and touching at the same time. As the issue plays out, it’s sure to get readers to reflect on those they miss and what they can do to keep their memories alive. An interesting timing, there’s two individuals who passed away years ago that were close to me around this time so the release of this comic is rather fitting for me. I felt my mind wandering a bit thinking about each of them, and in the end the sadness of the story delivered a little smile to my face.

While the story’s connect the dots feels a little too convenient, that really isn’t the point. The point is for Hellboy and Professor Trevor Bruttenholm to have some time together and think about those they’ve lost and reflect on the quality time they don’t spend together. It’s a touching story in many ways.

The art by Stephen Green with color by Dave Stewart and lettering by Clem Robins nails the story with a style that reflects the melancholy tale. There’s a dour aspect at times to the story that the visuals nail. Professor Trevor Bruttenholm staring out the window reflecting on the years might be one of the saddest panels in comics this year but it’s also a panel we can all relate to. Bruttenholm looking defeated might be a second. But, despite the rather sad nature of the story, the art never feels like it drags the story down into depressing territory, which it easily could. There’s a gloomy cloud that follows the tale that the visuals perfectly capture.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1957: Forgotten Lives is a fantastic one-shot anyone can pick up and enjoy. It’s a story we can all relate to. Remembering our friends or relatives or those that influenced and entertained us is something we all experience. Despite that sadness the story at the end feels like a celebration in a way. It doesn’t fall down the usual path of Hellboy punching things, instead, it delivers a much story that is much more a challenge for us to reflect and think about those we love.

Story: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson Art: Stephen Green
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Clem Robins
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #4 (of 5)

Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #4 (of 5)

(W) Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson (A) Ben Stenbeck (CA) Mike Mignola (A/CA) Christopher Mitten
In Shops: Jan 26, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Simon Bruttenholm relates a strange tale to Hellboy and the Professor, this time spinning a tale of dangerous creatures stalking the streets of London. The Silver Lantern Club teams up with an old vodka-loving, werewolf-hunting friend of Edward Grey’s to capture the ferocious beasts. But the chase is especially difficult when you’re not in your full faculties!

Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson expand the Hellboy universe with a new tale of deceit and danger. They’re joined by veteran artists Christopher Mitten and Ben Stenbeck, with colors by Michelle Madsen.

Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #4 (of 5)

Exclusive Preview: Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #4 (of 5)

Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #4 (of 5)

(W) Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson (A) Ben Stenbeck (CA) Mike Mignola (A/CA) Christopher Mitten
In Shops: Jan 26, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Simon Bruttenholm relates a strange tale to Hellboy and the Professor, this time spinning a tale of dangerous creatures stalking the streets of London. The Silver Lantern Club teams up with an old vodka-loving, werewolf-hunting friend of Edward Grey’s to capture the ferocious beasts. But the chase is especially difficult when you’re not in your full faculties!

Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson expand the Hellboy universe with a new tale of deceit and danger. They’re joined by veteran artists Christopher Mitten and Ben Stenbeck, with colors by Michelle Madsen.

Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club #4 (of 5)

Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, and Andrea Mutti introduce The British Paranormal Society

This April, Dark Horse Comics will debut The British Paranormal Society: Time Out of Mind, an all-new four-issue comic book series by legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and bestselling iZombie co-creator Chris Roberson, featuring art by Andrea Mutti and colors by Lee Loughridge. Acclaimed Abe Sapien artist Sebastián Fiumara will provide covers for all four issues of the series, which spins out of the pages of the fan-favorite Witchfinder graphic novels. 

In the series, British Paranormal Society members Simon Bruttenholm and Honora Grant arrive at Noxton together, but with separate goals: Honora hopes to uncover information on the town’s strange traditions, while Simon is searching for his missing assistant. But their separate investigations lead down the same twisted path that hides a dark secret behind Noxton’s innocent façade! Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson expand the Hellboy universe with a spooky new tale featuring art by Andrea Mutti with colors by Lee Loughridge.

The British Paranormal Society: Time Out of Mind #1 will be published by Dark Horse Comics on April 27, 2022.

The British Paranormal Society: Time Out of Mind #1

Review: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties

Hellboy comics can be a hell of a lot of fun. Mike Mignola has created characters and a world that balances a rich and complicated universe but also can deliver stories that can be picked up and enjoyed with little knowledge. Mignola has figured out how to balance the ongoing narrative with the one-shot. Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties is example of the comic you can just pick up and enjoy. You have to have little knowledge of the characters but if you do, there’s clearly more to this issue.

Written by Mignola and Chris Roberson, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties has Hellboy and Agent Xiang looking for a book that can summon demons. It takes them to a house where unnatural things are occurring or it could be horrible family relations. There’s not a ton you really need to know to enjoy the comic. It’s a pretty typical “fight demons” type of story. Where it works well is the build up and tension.

Mignola and Roberson keep the readers guessing. Who’s the malignant force in the house? Who is going to be the demon they must fight? Where’s the demon they’ll have to fight? It’s all pretty standard but the way it’s presented will leave you not knowing who can be trusted until that’s revealed. There’s also some solid creepy moments. You get a cinematic feel as the horrors are presented. While it doesn’t deliver scares, there’s a general unease created by the imagery that works really well.

That’s due to the art of Laurence Campbell. Joined by Dave Stewart on colors and Clem Robins lettering, the visuals for the comic are excellent. There are some solid moments that really will make readers unease but never grossed out. There’s the type of visuals you’re not expecting so they deliver a slight punch as they’re revealed. But, it’s all done in a way that doesn’t really scare as opposed to make readers “sick”. With the colors and pencils combined, the art has a vibe about it that is more unease and gross than make you not want to turn a page.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties is a solid start to this series of one-shot comics. It has some details that fans of the Hellboy world will enjoy but those who have never read a story can ignore and not miss anything. It’s a solid horror comic for this Halloween season and one fans of Hellboy or the horror genre should check out.

Story: Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson Art: Laurence Campbell
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Clem Robins
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Hellboy Tangles with the Silver Lantern Club in October

“Who stood against the forces of darkness in the days long before Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.?”

This October, Dark Horse Comics will debut Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club, an all-new 5-issue comic book series by legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and bestselling iZombie co-creator Chris Roberson, featuring art by Christopher Mitten and Ben Stenbeck, with colors by Michelle Madsen. Each stand-alone issue of the series focuses on a different Victorian occult investigator who battled evil years before Hellboy was on the scene.

In the debut issue, Hellboy learns about the mysteries of an exorcism gone wrong and more when his occult investigator relative reveals secretive and perilous adventures of one of the Hellboy Universe’s most mysterious societies. Silver Lantern Club member Simon Bruttenholm relates a tale from the dawn of radio, in which Sir Edward Grey and Sarah Jewel go toe to toe with . . . technology?

Each issue will follow Hellboy and Trevor Bruttenholm, drawn by Stenbeck, as they hear a new occult adventure from the Silver Lantern Club’s history, drawn by Mitten.

Just in time for Halloween, co-writers Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson expand the Hellboy universe with a new tale of strange spiritual happenings. Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club issue 1will be published by Dark Horse Comics on October 27, 2021 as a full-colored 32-page comic. Mignola, Mitten, and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart provide the cover for the debut issue.

Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club

Hellboy & the BPRD 1950’s Concludes with 5 Stand-Alone One-Shots

The year is 1957 and change is in the air. This is the year that Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the final time. It is the year that the Wham-O Company produces the first Frisbee. The year that Andrei Gromyko becomes foreign minister of the Soviet Union, that Dwight D. Eisenhower is sworn in as the President of the United States, and that Congress approves the Eisenhower Doctrine and its assistance to Communist-threatened foreign regimes. It is, in short, the perfect year for the events of Hellboy & The BPRD 1950’s comics and the Occult Cold War storyline to come to a head.

This September, Dark Horse Comics will publish Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties, the first of a series of five suspense-filled, stand-alone and interconnected one-shots that will conclude the Hellboy & The BPRD 1950’s comics and set the stage for a new Hellboy & The BPRD set during the tumult of the 1960s. Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Family Ties is co-written by legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and bestselling iZombie co-creator Chris Roberson, featuring art and a cover by Laurence Campbell, coloring by Eisner Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart and lettering by Clem Robins. Each of the 5 interconnected one-shots will feature a different artist; each comic will feature a cover by the extraordinary Laurence Campbell:

  • Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957— Family Ties, featuring art by Laurence Campbell
  • Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957— Forgotten Lives, featuring art by Stephen Green;
  • Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957— Fearful Symmetry, featuring art by Alison Sampson
  • Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957—Falling Sky, featuring art by Shawn Martinbrough
  • Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957— From Below, featuring art by Mike Norton

Before they can track down an errant copy of Gustav Strobl’s Witchcraft and Demonology, Hellboy and B.P.R.D. agent Susan Xiang is sidetracked by a beset housewife’s pleas for help in Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957— Family Ties. Unraveling the mystery of an unwanted house guest may lead the occult investigators right to where they wanted to be, but also right into demonic danger.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957— Family Ties will be published by Dark Horse Comics on September 15, 2021, as a full-colored 32-page comic.

Mike Mignola is Drawing Monsters in a New Documentary Being Kickstarted

Hellboy has appeared in countless graphic novels and comic books, prose novels and short story collections, acclaimed role-playing games and videogames, three live-action films and two animated features, and has inspired countless toys and collectibles. Now, award-winning Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is getting his turn in the spotlight in the all-new documentary Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters, which tells the definitive story of one of the most influential and important comic book creators of all time. This feature-length film includes never-before-seen interviews conducted with the legendary creator at his studio, drawing demonstrations, behind-the-scenes footage from comic book conventions, and interviews with some of the most influential people in entertainment, including Neil Gaiman (American Gods), Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar, Victor LaValle (The Ballad Of Black Tom), artist Tara McPherson, and comic book superstars like Vita Ayala, Duncan Fegredo, Fábio Moon, and Joe Quesada. Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters is now on Kickstarter for a month-long campaign that runs throughout March.

As one of the most successful independent comic book creators, Mignola has inspired generations of writers and artists. Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters provides an in-depth look at his legacy, from the beginning of his career working as an inker for Marvel Comics to his success with Hellboy. The film features never-before-told revelations from Neil Gaiman about the Mignolaverse and the production of Guillermo Del Toro’s Hellboy II, and an interview with Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar discussing Mignola’s influence on her creation. 

The documentary features Mythbusters host Adam Savage, Hellboy film actor Doug Jones and actress Vanessa Eichhotlz, novelists Christopher Golden (of the bestselling Ben Walker novels) and Victor LaValle (The Ballad Of Black Tom), Dark Horse Publisher and founder Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Editor Katii O’Brien, Marvel EVP of Creative Development Joe Quesada, comic book writers Vita Ayala (The Wilds), Chris Roberson (Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.) and Thomas Sniegoski (Young Hellboy), and award-winning cartoonist Fábio Moon (Daytripper), as well as interviews and art demonstrations with painter Jason Shawn Alexander, Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy: The Wild Hunt), Michael Avon Oeming (B.P.R.D.: The Soul Of Venice), award-winning colorist Dave Stewart and, of course, Mignola himself.

Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters is being co-directed and produced by Jim Demonakos (founder, LightBox Expo and ECCC) and Kevin Hanna (Clockwork Girl), an American director noted for his work in feature film, animation, comic books, and television.

The Kickstarter campaign features tiers with the Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters film digitally or on Blu-Ray, as well as a Kickstarter exclusive t-shirt, original art, a commission from Mignola himself, the opportunity to receive an executive producer credit on the film, and an incredible Hellboy Portfolio Print Set that is exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign, featuring new 9″x12″ Hellboy prints by Mignola and Dave Stewart, Laurence Campbell, Duncan Fegredo, Alex Maleev, Fábio Moon, Mike Norton, Paolo Rivera, Craig Rousseau, Tim Sale, and Ben Stenbeck. All the artists involved have previously drawn interiors for various Mignolaverse books.

Filming will continue and is scheduled to be completed in the fall/winter of 2021, with the finished film debuting by spring of 2022.

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