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The Hellboy film reboot has found it’s leading paranormal investigator. Jack Kesy will take on the leading role in the film from Millennium Media. Kesy played The Master in The Strain television series, Black Tom in Deadpool 2, and Roller in Claws among his many roles.
Hellboy: The Crooked Man will be directed by Brian Taylor with a script by Chris Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.
The film is expected to begin shooting this year and takes place in the 1950s with Hellboy stranded in Appalachia with a rookie BPRD agent. The town is haunted by witches led by a devil connected to Hellboy’s past.
More casting will be announced soon.
Hellboy is looking to have a resurgence. Not only is the film in the works, but an anticipated video game has been announced as well.
Hellboy has been protrayed in live action films three times already. The original, Hellboy, debuted in 2004 starring Ron Perlman in the title role with Doug Jones and Selma Blair. The film was directed by Guillermo del Toro and a screenplay written by del Toro and Peter Briggs. It went on to earn $99.4 million worldwide on a $66 million budget.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army was released in 2008 reuniting the cast and del Toro and it went on to gross $168.3 million worldwide on a $85 million budget.
The franchise was rebooted in 2019 starring David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, and Ian McShane, directed by Neil Marshall with a screenplay by Andrew Cosby. It went on to gross $55.1 million worldwide on a $50 million budget.
Hellboy: Web of Wyrd is a roguelite action adventure with an original story created in partnership with Dark Horse Comics and creator Mike Mignola.
Global video game publisher Good Shepherd Entertainment has revealed a new partnership to adapt series creator Mike Mignola’s Hellboy franchise, published by Dark Horse Comics. Developed by Upstream Arcade, Hellboy Web of Wyrd is in development for all major gaming consoles and PC. It features an original storyline crafted in collaboration with Mignola, as well as the renowned voice talents of Lance Reddick as Hellboy himself. Mignola has also designed the game’s unique key art.
Welcome to the Butterfly House, a mysterious manor of perverse angles and non-Euclidean geometry built by occultist Pasquale Deneveaux to open a gateway to the Wyrd, a vast, interdimensional web of wondrous and horrifying planes of existence beyond our world. When a B.P.R.D. agent vanishes inside the mansion, it’s up to Hellboy and his team of agents to uncover its forbidden secrets.
Journey into the deepest realms of the Wyrd, each hiding a unique investigation into the unknown. Battle powerful creatures in search of forgotten godforms and magnificent treasures, but beware: ancient evil festers within the Wyrd’s darkest reaches… evil that wants out.
In the game, players will experience gripping storytelling, visuals and atmosphere that evoke the distinct style of the original comics, crafted in collaboration with series creator Mike Mignola. Every moment looks and feels like it was ripped right from the comics. You’ll unravel a sprawling, spine-tingling original adventure true to the spirit of the comics and brought to life with the illustrious voice of Lance Reddick as Hellboy. Explore the secret depths of the Wyrd, discovering wonders and terrors beyond your imagination. Players will need to chain together hard-hitting melee and ranged attacks in challenging combat against a nightmarish menagerie of otherworldly monsters to survive.
Hellboy: Web of Wyrd is coming to steam, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. It’s being developed by Upstream Arcade and published by Good Shepherd Entertainment.
This October Dark Horse Comics will publish Hellboy in Love, an all-new five-issue comic book series featuring occult adventure and unlikely romance, by legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, bestselling novelist Christopher Golden, award-winning artist Matt Smith, colorist Chris O’Halloran, and letterer Clem Robins. In the series’ opening tale, the two-part Goblin Night, Hellboy has been assigned to protect a shipment of occult artifacts from a gang of thieving goblins. The artifacts are being transported by train to the British Museum by archaeologist Anastasia Bransfield, and she’s not going to let them go without a fight! Rather than stay behind, she teams up with Hellboy to chase the light-fingered fey through the British countryside and into . . . a local punk show?
Hellboy in Love #1 will be published by Dark Horse Comics on October 12, 2022, just in time for Halloween.
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
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy in Hell & Other Stories Artisan Edition
(W) Mike Mignola (A/CA) Mike Mignola In Shops: May 11, 2022 SRP: $39.99
See Mike Mignola’s art as you never have before-presented in IDW’s Artisan Edition format! Mike Mignola is one of the preeminent comic creators of the past several decades. His career was already firmly established with his outstanding work on characters like Batman, Wolverine, and a myriad of beautiful covers… and then came Hellboy. Mignola’s iconic creation struck a chord with fans from the very start and has not abated in the years since the character’s debut. This Artisan Edition features the first five issues of Hellboy in Hell as well as a wealth of historical material: the first three Hellboy stories-the two initial four-pagers that introduced the character and the ten-page story from John Byrne’s Nextmen #21-plus The Corpse, and two other tales selected by Mignola for inclusion. An Artisan Edition endeavors to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the artist’s original art. Nearly every page presented within has been scanned in color, allowing the reader the ability to see the work as never before. Ink gradients, corrections, margin notes, and more-all the subtle nuances that make original art unique, are clearly visible.
Dark Horse brings new designs to its environmentally friendly line of high-end water bottles—this time featuring the titular characters from fan-favorite properties,Hellboy and The Witcher!
Each 17-ounce stainless-steel water bottle is double-wall insulated, so whether you’re fighting monsters or traveling through Hell, your water bottle will keep your beverage the perfect temperature, either hot or cold.
This second wave of water bottles will retail for $34.99 and will be available to purchase July 20, 2022. Preorder now through your local comic shop.
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!
This summer, acclaimed artist Gabriel Hernández Walta is illustrating Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Old Man Whittier, an all-new terrifying one-shot written by legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. This one-shot marks the very first Hellboy story to be illustrated by Walta, and continues a story that originally began in Mignola’s classic short story Hellboy: The Whittier Legacy.
In Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Old Man Whittier, trouble runs in the family. When Catherine Whittier learns she’s inherited the house she grew up in, she knows better than to return home alone. And who better to escort her than Hellboy? After all, with a house with a history like this, “plot” can mean more than just a family graveyard.
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Old Man Whittier is written by Mignola, illustrated by Walta, and lettered by Clem Robins, with a main cover by Walta and a variant cover by Mignola and the award-winning colorist Dave Stewart. The one-shot will be published by Dark Horse Comics on June 22, 2022.
(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.