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Hellboy Universe: The Secret Histories Collects Three Stories in Hardcover

Fans of the Hellboy universe know that Rasputin is the man responsible for bringing Hellboy to Earth, but when did the mad monk find his calling to bring about Ragna Rok? Following his iconic appearance in Hellboy: The Conqueror Worm, how did the mysterious Visitor stay hidden on Earth for so long? Where did the legendary Sledgehammer armor really come from? Hellboy Universe: The Secret Histories collects in hardcover for the first time three acclaimed stories that shed new light on the hidden corners of the Hellboy universe: Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon, Sledgehammer 44, and The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed.

Dark Horse Books will release Hellboy Universe: The Secret Histories in the summer of 2021, featuring an all-new cover by legendary creator Mike Mignola and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart and 420 pages of stories by John Arcudi, Chris Roberson, Laurence Campbell, Christopher Mitten, Dave Stewart, and others.

Hellboy Universe: The Secret Histories will be available in comic stores on June 2nd, 2021 and in bookstores on June 15th, 2021 for $39.99.

Hellboy Universe: The Secret Histories

Unboxing: One:12 Collective Hellboy (2019)

Based on the 2019 Hellboy film, the One:12 Collective delivers a solid take on Mike Mignola‘s creation.

The figure features 28 points of articulation and numerous accessories. We open up the box to show off what you get in this rather impressive take on the film version.

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Dark Horse Partners with Heroes & Villains for a New Apparel Line

Dark Horse Comics in partnership with Heroes & Villains brings a line of Dark Horse, Hellboy, and B.P.R.D branded apparel and accessories to your wardrobe.

While this initial line focuses on the Dark Horse brand and the creations of legendary artist Mike Mignola, these are the first in a product line to showcase Dark Horse Comic’s library of creators and properties.

From t-shirts and hoodies, to hats, backpacks and flasks, you can find the perfect gift for you or a comic lover in your life just in time for the Holidays!

Full details and orderable apparel can be found at the Heroes & Villains website.

Get Your Fill of Horror with the “Dark Horse Hellboy and BPRD Sale!”

Halloween might be over but you can still get in a spooky mood with the “Dark Horse Hellboy and BPRD Sale!” currently running on comiXology. There are 232 digital comics on sale right now.

Collections start at just $5.49 which is 50% off! There’s also single issues for just $0.99.

Explore B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, B.P.R.D. 1946, B.P.R.D., and so much more. There’s so much to enjoy.

You’ve got until November 16, 2020 to take advantage of the sale, so don’t get scared and miss out!


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Review: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club

A one-shot story, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club feels like an afternoon matinee. You can grab your popcorn, relax and enjoy the story. There’s no need to think too much, it’s a simple ghost tale featuring Hellboy and his partner.

Writer Mike Mignola teams with artist Adam Hughes for a comic that honestly feels almost too short. The setup is great and the resolution fun but the comic feels like it’s missing a middle act. It just kind of “is” with a simple premise. There’s not much of a mystery or extension of the setup at all. It just delivers some ghostbusting fun mixed with solid art. And with that I both enjoyed and disliked the issue.

The comic revolves around a young woman arrested for the murder of her boyfriend. She claims it was due to the ghost of a man who murdered his seven mistresses. That ghost tale spins out into occult mystery and then the resolution. It’s that occult mystery to resolution that’s the problem.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club features an excellent setup and hook. It’s an interesting concept and could have gone in numerous directions. But, after the ball is laid up, the comic takes a quick and easy way out. It could easily have been double the length or an original graphic novel and with the extra space most likely a much stronger story.

Once inside the mysterious ghost house, it’s straight to the resolution. There are no challenges. There’s no scares. It’s pretty much the endgame at that point. Even if the scares would have been cheap or loosely tied in, they’d have added some more action. They could have also been used to make it harder for the B.P.R.D. to get to the final boss battle. As is, that’s what the comic feels like, a shop keeper setting up the story and then skipping to the boss battle.

Hughes’ art is fantastic. The art is dynamic and when the battle begins, it’s beautiful to look at. The coloring pops, the action explodes, it feels like a “pulp” adventure in a good way. Clem Robins‘ lettering adds to the fun, especially during the boss battle. “Boom” never looked so good. It’s weird to say, but the lettering added to the fun aspect of the comic.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club isn’t all that deep and a bit too quick of a read. It misses a middle act but there’s also something fun about it. If you want a comic you can pick up and enjoy without knowing and backstory, this is one to check out. But, it also feels like a comic that deserves and needs an expanded edition with a bit more of a challenge and more scares, if nothing else to see more of Hughes’ Hellboy art and Robins’ lettering.

Story: Mike Mignola Art: Adam Hughes Letterer: Clem Robins
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 7.1 Recommendation: Read

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


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Explore an Untold Chapter of Hellboy’s Childhood with Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land

In 2021, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, co-writer Tom Sniegoski, artist Craig Rousseau, colorist Dave Stewart, and letterer Clem Robins will explore an untold chapter of Hellboy’s childhood in Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land. In this four-issue series from Dark Horse Comics, Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm are stranded on a strange island after a mishap on their way to a South American dig site. They soon find themselves confronted by all manner of monsters, and even when the stranger who rescues them turns out to be one of Hellboy’s heroes, they aren’t as safe as they think they are. The four-issue mini-series features covers by Folklords artist Matt Smith. Mignola and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart provide the variant cover for the debut issue, with subsequent issues featuring variant covers by Rachele Aragno (#2), Wylie Beckert (#3), and Anthony Carpenter (#4).

Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land will debut from Dark Horse Comics in comic stores on February 17, 2021, retailing for $3.99.

Unboxing: 1000Toys Abe Sapien (Dark Horse Direct Limited Edition)

Dark Horse Direct and 1000Toys are back with another member of the B.P.R.D., Abe Sapien! The 1/12 scale figure stands about 6″ and features a removable vest, interchangeable hands, pistole, spear, and knife.

The Dark Horse Direct limited edition exclusive version features a non-articulate Rasputin!

Check out the figure as we open it up! You can get the Dark Horse Direct or standard Previews Exclusive versions below.

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Preview: Hellboy & the B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club

Hellboy & the B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club

Writer: Mike Mignola
Artist: Adam Hughes
Colorist: Adam Hughes
Cover Artist: Adam Hughes

The team behind the Eisner Award-winning one-shot Hellboy: Krampusnacht spins a new ghostly yarn! Hellboy comes to the aid of a young girl whose ghost hunt goes wrong, and a visit to an abandoned medical school reveals sinister layers to a grisly, long-ago murder. Stolen cadavers, vengeful spirits, and more abound in this one-shot.

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola reunites with fan-favorite artist Adam Hughes for a spirit-fueled scream fest sure to excite old and new fans alike!

Hellboy & the B.P.R.D.: The Seven Wives Club

Hellboy’s Mike Mignola and Dark Horse Founder Mike Richardson Comment on the Recent Scott Allie Revelations. Rinse. Repeat.

Earlier this week, new revelations came out about the behavior of comic editor/writer Scott Allie including harassment, retaliation, and emotional abuse towards others in the industry. This is beyond the documented 2015 assault on a comic creator that happened at San Diego Comic-Con.

Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola and comic publisher Dark Horse were quick to distance themselves from Allie stating they would no longer be working with him. But, both Mignola and Dark Horse continued to work with Allie after 2015 despite his admission of the assault and concerns from staff, some of who have come public with raising concerns with management. It wasn’t until 2017 that Allie “left” Dark Horse though he continued to edit their top titles including Hellboy, which he would later pen some issues in that universe, and on Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy. He continued to work with the company on a freelance basis and his role became even MORE PROMINENT after 2015 as he began to write issues. Despite Allie’s reputation for abuse, he was still chosen to provide “oversight” on the Image benefit anthology after the Las Vegas shootings. He was replaced after the outcry.

The protection of Allie went beyond Mignola and Richardson and is a prime example of the industry unwillingness to put action to words.

While Dark Horse quickly made a statement that echoed their 2015 statement, yesterday, the company founder Mike Richardson spoke up.

As has been pointed up by so many, Richardson’s statement rings hollow. In 2015, he stated among other things:

Dark Horse agrees 100% with the EEOC Guidelines.

So are we to take his statement above that Dark Horse HASN’T been doing what’s legally required like no retaliation and zero tolerance? If Dark Horse, and Richardson, agreed with guidelines in 2015, what have they done in the five years since?

They “rehired” Allie as a freelancer.

Mike Mignola expounded upon his short Tweet from the day the news broke in a post entitled “I Believe and Completely Support Shawna Gore”:

About Scott Allie—

Scott was my second editor on the Hellboy series at Dark Horse. He was only meant to be my temporary editor, just for the one comic (THE CORPSE) and a more senior editor was supposed to take over after that. But, as the story goes, he saved me from making a rather big mistake on that one comic and I requested that he stay on as my regular editor, and we ended up working together for something close to 25 years.

From the earliest days I heard stories of his drunken behavior at conventions—stupid stuff like jumping fully clothed into fountains. It was joked about and I was not aware that there was anything at all more serious going on.

The drunken incident in 2015 made it clear that there was a much more serious problem that needed to be dealt with. I spoke to him about it. Others spoke to him about it. He agreed that the drinking was a problem and we were all led to believe he was getting help for that. And to the best of my knowledge he DID get help for the drinking problem.

Around this time I started to hear rumors of other past incidents—alcohol-fueled behavior that seemed limited to drunken, juvenile pranks. There was nothing specific and I never heard the names of any specific persons involved in these other incidents. I continued to write these off as just more of his stupid drunken episodes. I became aware that some people did not like working with Scott. While our working relationship had always been good I know his editorial style could be aggressive and off-putting and I honestly believed this, coupled with the past drinking problem, was the reason for the trouble. The truth of course is that after a very long and very productive working relationship I did not want to believe there was anything more to these stories. I was blind because I wanted to be blind and that’s on me and it’s something I have to live with.

After the news about Cameron Stewart and Warren Ellis broke last week, Scott’s name started to bubble up on social media again. Until yesterday I had never heard about Scott’s assault of Shawna. I wish I had known.  I understand there are many reasons why no one would approach me with something like that—the shame and embarrassment of course and, sadly the perception that Scott and I were good friends. Had I heard any of what I’ve heard in the last 24 hours I would have severed all contact with Scott Allie at once.

But where there is smoke there is almost always fire and after a while there was so much smoke—clearly I had to finally take a hard look at the situation, had to contact some friends and associates, people who had been close to Scott and find out what had really been going on—and I was horrified but what I started to hear. I wish I had asked this questions much sooner. After so many years I wanted to give Scott the benefit of the doubt—as the son of an alcoholic I wanted to blame the booze. I was fooling myself and I will regret that forever. My heart goes out to all his victims. And Shawna—I have known Shawna almost as long as Scott and have always considered her a good friend– and now to discover that she has been living with this all these years — I am heartbroken. And of course I am furious at Scott and at myself for not realizing what was going on so much sooner.

I’m writing this now because I need to address Scott’s victims. Their stories need to be heard. They need to be believed.

Comics need to do better. We all need to be more accountable. All companies need to have responsive HR departments. Companies need to recommend training about what to do when they hear about assault, harassment, or inappropriate behavior from co-workers or colleagues.

As a creator I need to do better, I need to set a better example, both in the stories I tell and the people I choose to tell them with.

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As many have said, Mignola is part of the reason that Allie was allowed to stay around and his behavior was excused. There was a fear that if Allie was fired, Mignola would leave and Dark Horse would struggle. In other words, dollars mattered more than lives. Artist Amy Reeder spoke up to say exactly this:

You were the reason he still had a job, they feared repercussions from you. Maybe he manipulated you, I don’t know. All I heard is, they couldn’t fire him because it’d cause Mignola to leave and the entire company would fold. It was tough to hear that about a fellow creator.

Allie’s behavior wasn’t a secret, it was known to the point that Dark Horse made jokes about it publicly calling him “Bitey.”

Former employees have spoken up:Former editor Jim Gibbons Tweeted: 

Scott Allie is far and away the most despicable, abusive, and awful person I’ve ever worked with. The amount of trauma he’s caused the people who have worked with him is extreme.

Another former staffer wrote that:

Scott Allie’s continued abuse of staff was an open secret employees were actively discouraged from speaking about at Dark Horse. While head of editorial, he was not allowed to have women in his office w/his door closed bc he repeatedly shouted or otherwise harassed staff to tears.

Regular Hellboy colorist Dave Stewart has spoken out:

I am with @ShawnaGore. Scott Allie is and was a manipulator and liar. I stopped working with him a couple years ago when I found he was a predator using alcoholism as a cover for his bad actions. I found that out by digging around and asking questions.

Former Hellboy creator John Arcudi has some of the most damning statements. Not only does he mention learning of Shawna’s assault in 2017 but telling Mignola which then would go on to employ Allie until this past week:

Former Hellboy collaborator Guy Davis would indicate the toxicity of the Hellboy team went well beyond Allie:

regarding DarkHorse/BPRD~ I quit the series in 2011 because of the toxic behavior of Allie, Mignola, Arcudi and cut all contact. In 2015 with news of Allie’s assaults and DH “response”, I cancelled The Marquis HC from DH (which never had a contract for them to solicit)

To clarify my leaving BPRD in 2011, that was due to a toxic work environment with the team. I had no knowledge of Scott’s harassments until announced in 2015

The above shows there’s a rot that has infested Dark Horse for almost a decade (at least) and gone unchecked. Excuses are made and basic legal requirements not followed. What’s to believe that 2020 is any different than 2017 or 2015? Actions speak louder than words and in the five years since our initial reporting, all we’ve got is words.


If you are a U.S.-based victim of sexual assault in need of help, contact RAINN at 800-656-4673 to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

Giant Robot Hellboy Comes to Hellboy: The Board Game for Charity and More New Expansions

Mantic Games has announced it is working with Dark Horse Comics and visionary comic creator Mike Mignola to help raise money for charity with the release of Giant Robot Hellboy–a new playable character for Hellboy: The Board Game. What’s more, players of Hellboy: The Board Game will soon be able to create their own missions with the release of the B.P.R.D. Archives expansion.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, Mike Mignola has been entertaining fans with new illustrations nearly each day. These range from characters from the Mignolaverse to icons in popular culture. However, one of the most eye-catching was Giant Robot Hellboy–a massive mechanical version of Hellboy. 

Each limited-edition Giant Robot Hellboy will be handmade in resin by the team at Mantic Games. It will be a new playable character that can be used to play Hellboy: The Board Game in solo mode. After all, a huge robot isn’t likely to need a great deal of help dispatching the forces of evil
For each Giant Robot Hellboy sold, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen–the same charity Mike Mignola has been raising money for with his charity auctions during the COVID-19 outbreak. World Central Kitchen has served more than 10 million meals to students, families in need, seniors, and frontline healthcare heroes in North America and Spain during the pandemic.

  • Giant Robot Hellboy

The limited-edition Giant Robot Hellboy is available to pre-order now for $44.99. The miniature will be available to order throughout June and is expected to start shipping in late July, depending upon demand.

B.P.R.D. Archives expansion

But that’s not the only Hellboy: The Board Game news. Later this month Mantic Games will be releasing the B.P.R.D. Archives expansion. This allows players to create their own missions for Hellboy: The Board Game by selecting their own Case File cards, adding new minions, and choosing what terrifying boss the team will face in the dramatic final confrontation. The B.P.R.D. Archives, along with Baba Yaga and Hecate boss expansions, will be launching in stores this June.

The B.P.R.D. Archives expansion comes with

  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic werewolves
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic wolves
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic witches
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic killer birds
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic harpies
  • 2 x pre-assembled plastic bat swarms
  • CASE FILE CONSTRUCTOR CARDS
  • 1 Rules card
  • 6 Environment cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Investigation cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Threat cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Objective cards + 1 title card
  • 6 Twist cards + 1 title card
  • 3 Showdown cards + 1 title card
  • 1 Confrontation card + 1 title cards
  • 5 Enemy Cards
  • 10 Deck of Doom cards
  • 3 Unexpected Threat cards
Hellboy Hecate

The Hecate monster booster is an expansion that brings the evil  Hecate to your adventures. The expansion includes:

  • 1 x pre-assembled plastic Hecate
  • 1 x Unexpected Threat card
  • 1 x Hellboy enemy card
  • 2 x Boss Behaviour cards
  • 1 x Case File Confrontation Card
Hellboy Baba Yaga

Hecate is joined by Baba Yaga, another monster booster also available for the game that adds the cunning Baba Yaga to your adventures. Baba Yaga comes with:

  • 1 x pre-assembled plastic Baba Yaga
  • 1 x Unexpected Threat card
  • 1 x Baba Yaga enemy card
  • 2 x Boss Behaviour cards
  • 2 x Confrontation Case File card

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