748597._SX1280_QL80_TTD_Hellboy and the BPRD 1956 #5

Dark Horse Comics

Written by Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson

Art by Yishan Lee Mike Norton and Michael Avon Oeming

Inks by Yishan Li, Mike Norton and Michael Avon Oeming

Colors by Dave Stewart

Laine has dispatched two BPRD agents to track down and bring Hellboy back into the organization. A task that is easier said than done.

As they travel throughout Mexico, they come upon people who have seen him and a clever young man who cons them into going into a movie theater only to actually see him on screen.


Months earlier, a very drunk actor brings Hellboy into a producers office to get him signed up to perform in their next picture. Being in the bag himself, Hellboy agrees and his Mexican adventure takes another interesting turn. When he finally sobers up enough to realize that he has stumbled into a graveyard during the Day of the Dead, Hellboy finally starts to come to grips with his personal loss.

The professor welcomes Hellboy home and lets him know that there is a job that they need to do. He attempts to connect with him while also reminding him of his responsibility. Unfortunately, the professor is keeping secrets of his own and they have everything to do with the Russian version of the operation.

Mignola and Roberson crafted a fun and entertaining story for Hellboy. Giving the character a break from the end of the world scenarios he usually faces is fun. Unfortunately, the pace of the issue was off and many of the comedic moments fell flat. The issue was an interlude and can be forgiven for not touching on anything relevant, but if this were the first issue I picked up to decide if I liked the character, I would be hard pressed to find much to convince me to continue.

The art is the saving grace. All of the characters look amazing.

Hellboy and the BPRD 1956 #5




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