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Review: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1956 #2

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1956 #2

Professor Bruttenholm sends two agents in opposite directions on off-the-books missions, while the B.P.R.D. loses sight of Hellboy as he wanders through Mexico, and Varvaras pet projects stir up discontent among her team of occult scientists.

Two issues in and Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1956 is interesting in how not punching monsters the series is. Professor Bruttenholm has his suspicions that something is going on with those around him and a corruption exists and Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1956 #2 has him diving deeper into that mystery and attempting to find allies. The issue feels more about pencil pushing and spying than the traditional Hellboy story. And that’s ok!

Written by Chris Roberson and Mike Mignola, the series has been fascinating in how mundane it is compared to some of the crazy we’ve seen before. The two issues feel more like a bridge to something and setting up what’s coming next than anything else. And that’s ok because we need those types of stories. It’s just unexpected in a miniseries as these “year” ones have been.

The art by Yishan Li, Mike Norton, and Michael Avon Oeming with color by Dave Stewart is solid as expected. There’s never been a Hellboy series where the art has lacked and there’s a certain style about this one that feels a bit more appropriate for it’s more spy-like plot. This isn’t about crazy monsters, it’s about jockeying for information.

Much like the first issue, the second feels more like the set-up for something big coming but also like the first there’s not much action here. Its focus is interesting as it’s a chapter in the meta story that’s being built. New readers might feel a bit bored by this entry, so far, but for those engaged in the bigger picture, this is as solid an entry as everything else helping build the amazing tapestry that is the Hellboy world.

Story: Chris Roberson, Mike Mignola
Art: Yishan Li, Mike Norton, Michael Avon Oeming
Color: Dave Stewart
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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


Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Bone Parish #5

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

It’s a short week of releases with the holiday and you can get every single issue for under $50! So, instead of picking which you should get, we’re doing something a little bit different with going over what they are and why you should check out each release!

Bone Parish #5 (BOOM! Studios) – A mix of horror and crime, there’s a drug on the street made up from corpses. The series has been excellent so far and if you missed out on the first four issues, there’s a comic shop exclusive trade out today as well.

Die! Die! Die! #6 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – Over the top ultra-violence in comic form. We haven’t seen this issue yet because (redacted).

Fantastic Four #5 (Marvel) – It’s a fantastic wedding! No seriously, the wedding actually happens! It’s an oversized issue but just nails the perfect FF vibe.

Go-Bots #2 (IDW Publishing) – Creator Tom Scioli rocks it in everything he does and he’s just bringing us back to our childhoods by taking on this “also ran” of transforming robot toys.

Hellboy and the BPRD 1956 #2 (Dark Horse) – There’s a movie out in 2019 and you might as well get into the Hellboy action now! These “year” series have been exploring the earlier adventuers of Hellboy and have been a lot of fun so far. There’s so little out this week, you should also grab the first issue too.

Man-Eaters #4 (Image Comics) – It’s standalone story that’s an entry point for those new to the series.

Mars Attacks #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack. Ack.

Marvel Action: Avengers #1 (IDW Publishing/Marvel) – IDW is taking on the classic Marvel poperty with this new series aimed at younger readers.

Superior Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Picking up from Spider-Geddon, Doc Ock is again the Superior Spider-Man, attitude and all.

Uncanny X-Men #7 (Marvel) – X-Men Disassembled has been a fun event so far with lots of call backs to classic X moments and a vibe that’s straight out of the 90s.

X-Force #1 (Marvel) – X-Force is back and they’re pissed. On the hunt for Kid Cable, Kid Cable has a mission of his own. Action. Humor. Violence. It’s all there as only X-Force can deliver.

Preview: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954 – The Black Sun #1

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954 – The Black Sun #1

Mike Mignola (W), Chris Roberson (W), Stephen Green (A), Dave Stewart (C), Mike Huddleston (Cover)

When an unknown creature attacks a research group on an Arctic expedition, Hellboy and the BPRD are sent to investigate. No longer the newbie, Hellboy thinks he can solve the mystery immediately, but what they find in the snow reveals something much bigger behind the beast.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1954 -- The Black Sun #1 1

Review: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D: 1953 – Beyond the Fences #2


Suburbia is torn apart when Hellboy faces off against a bizarre creature, while the BPRD tries to uncover who created such a monster—and why.

The hunt for the missing people continues, as they find a clue of sorts. Except the clue is a strange, looking dog like creature.  Of course it gets away, only to change as night turns to day. They find it and it runs off to the school just as it releases. I doubt that will end well, or without any deaths on the creature’s parts as the issues continue.

The artwork features the well known art style of Mignola, with an influence of the penciller Paolo Rivera. You can tell how quickly time seems to pass, as the subtle light changes between the action sequences. Even the cover has a subtle nod, to a well known children’s toy the invisible dog leash.

Story: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson Art: Paolo Rivera
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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WynnonaEarp_01-pr_page7_image1It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d folks enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below!

While you do that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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The Beat – San Diego Comic-Con not on board with Chargers plans for new downtown stadium – Yeah, you usually talk to folks before name checking them as part of your pitch.

Nothing But Comics – Life During Miracleman’s Golden Age – A good read.

The Beat – French publishers announce boycott of Angoulême after disastrous 2016 festival – Good.

Women Write About Comics – A Man Created My Goddess: Dawn and Me – A really good read about influences.


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Comic Vine – All-New, All-Different Avengers #6

Comic Vine – Aquaman #49

Talking Comics – Faith #2

Talking Comics – Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953 #1

CBR – Justice League #48

Comic Vine – Justice League #48

CBR – Wyonna Earp #1

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? Anything you really enjoyed?

While you think about that, here’s some news from around the web to keep you entertained until then.

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News 4 Jax – Young girl makes big impact with comic books – This is amazing.

Al.com – UAB English instructor captures students’ imaginations with comics – A nice read.

Kotaku – Podcast: D.C.’s Wary Embrace of Video Games – Interesting.


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Nothing But Comics – Heart in a Box

ICv2 – Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 TPB

The Outhousers – The Paybacks #1

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.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Feathers #1 Cover A by Jorge CoronaWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week – Feathers #1 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – A recluse boy born covered in feathers must help his first-ever friend, a young girl named Bianca, as she tries to return to her home beyond the slums of the Maze. They must dodge street gangs and child-snatchers along the way, and perhaps together will learn the secrets to his mysterious past. The first issue is beautiful, magical, just fantastic. A great start to the new year.

Ant-Man #1 (Marvel) – Scott Lang gets the spotlight as Marvel launches a new series that puts the tiny hero forward before his movie hits later this year.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #2 1952 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is off on his first adventure! The first issue was solid, the second issue really begins to kick things up as the adventure really begins. Watching the B.P.R.D. stumble a bit in their early years, especially Hellboy, is fantastic.

IXth Generation #1 (Top Cow Productions) – Top Cow launches a series originating from their Aphrodite IX and Cyber Force series’. Add in Top Cow’s Artifacts side of things, and the series sounds really exciting!

Lady Killer #1 (Dark Horse) – Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer for hire! A brand-new original comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival. A fantastic debut issue!

Nailbiter #9 (Image) – Do you like horror? Do you like noir/crime stories? Yeah, you should be reading this.

Operation S.I.N. #1 (Marvel) – The early years of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra featuring Peggy Carter and Howard Stark. The series seems to be a perfect companion to Marvel’s Agent Carter which debuts this week on tv.

Shaft #2 (Dynamite) – The first issue was set up, and now the action begins as Shaft takes up a job as security, and gets roped into an issue with a missing girl, the mob, and dead bodies.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (Marvel) – She beat Thanos and Doctor Doom! The series will either be awesome, or a one note joke. Hopefully it’s the former of the two.

Wolf Moon #2 (Vertigo/DC Comics) – How do you hunt a werewolf if a different person becomes the monster with every cycle of the moon? The Wolf continues to elude Dillon, and now the trail is going cold. Hoping to uncover some clues, Dillon turns to a reclusive expert on werewolf legends, and what he learns crushes any hope of ever destroying the creature. An interesting spin of the werewolf mythos from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Jeremy Haun.

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Only four more Wednesdays until the end of the year!

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The Mary Sue – An Open Letter to Pat Broderick: On Cosplay, Entitlement, and Gatekeeping – We’ll have our thoughts soon….

Bleeding Cool – Oklahoma Police Arrest Batman And Captain America – Well ok then.

The Spectrum – Hollywood starlets meet supervillians in pop art show – I’d so buy this art.

Kotaku – Marvel Heroes‘ Latest Playable Character Is A Mass-Murderer. Yay! – Well ok then!

Kotaku – Suspected Gas Attack At “Furry” Convention Puts 19 In Hospital – We may not get it, but not cool!


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Talking Comics – Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1

Seattle Pi – The Hospital Suite

Talking Comics – Secret Six #1

ICv2 – Tomb Raider Vol. 1: Season of the Witch

Talking Comics – Wolf Moon #1

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