Anyone who kept up with Mike Mignola’s Hellboy saga and read the B.P.R.D. spin-off series will be glad to know this creator is back at the helm for this latest. Sir Edward Grey: Acheron sets the 19th-century paranormal investigator (in his ‘modern’ form of a shade) against an old enemy, Acheron, and the tale sees him confront and face his own destiny.
Mignola and frequent collaborators Dave Stewart and Clem Robins deliver an intriquing tale in a future where Hellboy is no longer around. Anyone who’s followed the 30 year long saga knows his fate. But for those wanting to jump in at this point may feel confused at what’s going on. This comic has Grey summing up everything that’s previously transpired and it doesn’t require knowing everything that’s happened.
The events in the series take place in May of 1947, before the events depicted in The Midnight Circus, Lighter in tone, Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land is an exhilarating adventure that embraces the thrills and chills of the pulp adventure stories of the 1930s.
In this four-issue series from Dark Horse Comics, Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm are stranded on a strange island after a mishap on their way to a South American dig site. They soon find themselves confronted by all manner of monsters, and even when the stranger who rescues them turns out to be one of Hellboy’s heroes, they aren’t as safe as they think they are. The four issue mini-series features covers by Folklords artist Matt Smith. Mignola and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart provide the variant cover for the debut issue, with subsequent issues featuring variant covers by Rachele Aragno (#2), Wylie Beckert (#3) and Anthony Carpenter (#4).
“Awhile back (when you could still do such things) I was at a convention in Boston and ducked out for lunch with Tom Sniegoski,” said Mignola. “Years earlier we co-wrote a more-than-slightly insane novel together, Grim Death and Joe: The Electrocuted Criminal and I brought up the idea of the maybe slightly insane globetrotting adventures of a very young Hellboy. Tom’s eyes lit up, as I kind of knew they would. So there was half the battle won, but we would need a special kind of artist to bring Tom’s madman energy to the page—and artist Craig Rousseau just happens to be that artist. And Craig just happened to be at that same convention, and when I told him the idea his eyes lit up just the way Tom’s had. It was almost too easy, and I’m happy to say the results are everything I could have hoped for.”