Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1957: Forgotten Lives

Dark Horse Comics

Written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson

Art by Stephen Green

Colors by Dave Stewart

Letters by Clem Robins

The Rundown: Hellboy and the Professor investigate a haunting and discover a sad truth.

Professor Bruttenholm decides to continue his research away from the BPRD with a mission to investigate a haunting at a local potter’s field and he asks Hellboy to accompany him. As they make their way to their destination, Hellboy laments the changes to the agency while Bruttenholm thinks of a lost friend.

After arriving on the scene, they learn of other problems being faced by the man who called them in. Problems that will only increase if they don’t get rid of the supposed ghost haunting the area. That night, the pair see the ghost in action and it leaves them with a message that will prompt Bruttenholm and Hellboy to attempt to track down information about the recently deceased person. Information that will lead to a revelation about someone Hellboy believes to be a hero.

The Story: Mignola and Roberson craft an entertaining and bittersweet story in this one shot. I like stories that center Hellboy and Bruttenholm together and this one does a great job of showing the characters’ interpersonal relationship. I really enjoyed the tone of the story as well. It wasn’t big and bombastic and the quiet, personal nature of the plot really engaged me. A satisfying and entertaining story from start to finish.

The Art: I really enjoyed Green’s visual style in this issue. There were some great character moments brought to life on the page and with the story being so character focused, the art allowed for wonderful visual detail.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1957: Forgotten Lives



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