Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952 #5 ReviewMarch 31, 2015
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952 limited series comes to a completion this week and does so in classic Hellboy fashion. If you read the synopsis to issue 5 in anticipation it would have read this:
“Hellboy discovers the terrible truth of the Portuguese fortress, the murders in the village, and the man behind it all. But will he be able to save his fellow agents from the monsters and madmen?”
Sounds interesting doesn’t it? In a world where fans are screaming for another Hellboy movie, this story arc tells a great story from start to finish and yet has a way of magically persuading you that there is more to the story than meets the eye. So what does this mean for Hellboy? Well it means the fun doesn’t stop at the end of this arc. You can be certain that the events of the final issue here will play forward into another story arc or possibly one of the ongoing series.
This issue is backed by series artist Alex Maleev, whose work on Hellboy brings the pages to life for the fans and never falls short of visually striking on every page and panel. The action is easy to follow from panel to panel, which can be extremely important to the reader. A comic that doesn’t flow well can be hard for someone to read, but this wasn’t the case with his miniseries.
If you enjoy a good old fashioned Hellboy fighting nazis type of story, then this is the series for you and this issue of good versus bad versus evil will leave you more than satisfied. The action lasst through just over half of the issue, leaving just the right amount of space to wrap the rest of the book up and provide a tantalizing answers, but not without more questions being raised. Granted, the fact that we know the story is 1952 and if you’re a follower of Hellboy, you know where the story goes, there is still a surmountable level of stories that can be told by Mignola involving past, present, and future Hellboy. As a fan of the character, I look forward to seeing where the growth of this character will take him next and what lies in wait around the corner or in the pits of hell.
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. # 5 hits the shelves this Wednesday April 1st, at a cover price of $3.50. I would assume if you have gotten this far that you have been following this 5-issue series, but if you haven’t I’m sure with a little digging you should be able to pick up the first 4 issues at your local comic shop. Or, if you’d prefer, the trade is currently up for pre-order with your local shop or straight from the horses mouth; Dark Horse that is.
[Image via Dark Horse]