Comic Review: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1956 #1 (Dark Horse)

There’s a new Hellboy title launching this week: It’s Hellboy and the BPRD, from Dark Horse. It’s 1956, hence the title. The US State Department is requesting some help from […]

There’s a new Hellboy title launching this week: It’s Hellboy and the BPRD, from Dark Horse.

It’s 1956, hence the title. The US State Department is requesting some help from the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Including Hellboy, who takes the lead. You see, there have been cases of demonic possession discovered in the Mexican interior, and there are a lot of dead. So, it’s off to Mexico, to find out what’s causing this supernatural activity, and put a stop to it. Simple!

Meanwhile, In Russia, some strange things are going on in the city of Moscow. The leader in charge is looking into acquiring some American resources in order to develop ‘occult weapons’!

This all reads like spooky Cold War shenanigans, which would be about right for the timeline.

The first issue, written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson, with Yishan Li, Mike Norton and Michael Avon Oeming on art (Dave Stewart is colourist) sets the tone for a continuing miniseries.
Speaking of tones, the issue is coloured in a muted palette, mostly browns, greys, and derivations of those. Lots of shadowy figures and clandestine cloaked conversations too!

I found the story quite subdued, but my rather cool reception to the developing plot might be premature. Give this title a few issues to firmly embed the pain points in the plot. Perhaps the creative team will yank off the restraints and open things up to rapid movement and drama!

Dark Horse, Hellboy, and the BPRD: 1956 #1, $3.99 for 23 pages of content. Not rated, perhaps Teen

Alan Spinney

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