Hellboy and the BPRD: Family Ties #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson
Art by Laurence Campbell
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Clem Robins
The Rundown: Hellboy travels to a small town in search of a book with supernatural powers.
It’s the summer of 1957 and both Hellboy and Susan are walking the streets of Dayton Ohio looking for the house of a local who recently purchased a book filled with dark power. After making their way to a quiet neighborhood, a knock on the door reveals a scared woman in desperate need of their help.
What she recounts as a domestic issue involving a dominant family member quickly turns into something else as Susan tries to get answers from the mother and Hellboy follows the increasingly angry voice of someone else in the house. Someone who has been given dark power and the ability to control everything and everyone them. Someone Hellboy is going to have a hard time removing.
The Story: Mignola and Roberson craft an entertaining story in this issue. Everything moves well and the story is both engaging and compelling. Everything in it is signature Hellboy from the dark humor to the even darker tone and I loved all of the build up both from Susan’s and Hellboy’s perspectives. The story is incredibly fun, rich and entertaining. I finished the story wanting more and completely satisfied with what I got.
The Art: Campbell does a great job with the art in the issue. Dark, moody and gorgeously detailed, Campbell captures the characters and their world beautifully.