Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 #4 Review

Is this good or not? Read on to find out.

The official description from Dark Horse:

Alex Maleev draws Hellboy’s earliest adventure with the B.P.R.D!

After an explosion sends Hellboy into the sewers, he finds himself lost below a Portuguese fortress. But when he finds the way out, he stumbles into something even more ominous.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 4_Preview CoverIt’s hard not to pick up a title from this corner of fandom without smiling. The creative teams behind them have found a way to somehow tap into an innate level of quality that assures fanboys and fangirls that they’re about to spend their money on something outstanding. And that’s exactly what we get here, as the people at the helm of this outing present a thrilling adventure that’s just gaining speed!

Hellboy is coming into his own as the script by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi gives fans plenty of nods to the road he’s beginning to embark on. And that right there, beyond anything else, is what truly makes this brief arc worth remembering. Our big red monkey is at the forefront of his first B.P.R.D. operation and the written word recognizes that fact with timely dialogue, a worthwhile villain and enough plot development worthy of a penultimate chapter. In short: this adventure engaged from beginning to end.

Alex Maleev continues to be an impressive visual anchor in a property that has seen quite a few talents come and go. But in this instance there’s no doubt in my mind that the elequant and deliberate pencil strokes featured on every page measured up to that legacy level caliber the mini-series required. Each panel is chock-full of personality combined with a brooding mood that fits any adventure involving the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Add in the colors by Dave Stewart and the entire comic enjoys a look and atmosphere that’s second to none.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 #4 proves to be, yet again, a quality romp in this corner of the Dark Horse catalog. So by all means rush to your local shop today and pick up an issue that comes highly recommended.

  • + Smart script.
  • + Top quality visuals!
  • + See Hellboy do his thing.
  • + The plot continues to develop.

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