Friday, December 5, 2014

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1 (of 5)

   Here's an ingenious idea - an ongoing mini-series focusing on the life of young Hellboy.

   Each year (for however long the series runs) they'll look at another year in the life of the monster-fighting hero, starting with the year he first started going out on assignments - 1952.

   Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, the issue sets up the adventure to come, as we meet the members of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.).

   Given his mysterious origins and apparent connection to Hell itself (not to mention his youth), the team is mostly hesitant to bring Hellboy along on the mission.

   But when an mysterious event brings them to South America to investigate, they decide it's time to start his training.

   The issue is loaded with mystery and menace, but it moves slow as it spends the issue moving everyone into position.

   The art is by Alex Maleev, and it's excellent - moody, intense and spooky. This is the kind of stuff he was born to draw.

    I do have one small quibble - they show Hellboy smoking. He may look like an adult, but he's actually only 8 years old - hardly old enough for that pastime.

   But maybe I'm overthinking this.

Grade: A-


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