Sunday, 4 December 2016

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., Volume 2: 1953 Review (Mike Mignola, Ben Stenbeck)

1953 is an anthology of Hellboy stories set in the UK and America when he was just starting out with the BPRD and, snakes alive, are they a boring and uninspired bunch! 

Hellboy goes demon/ghost/witch hunting in merry old England with Professor Bruttenholm, punching them all because Mike Mignola ran out of ideas years ago, while the three-part story sees Hellboy punching monsters in the good old US of A. 

These are the most generic, bland, run-of-the-mill Hellboy stories you can read. I appreciate the quality Ben Stenbeck and Paolo Rivera bring to the art but I’ve been reading Hellboy for years and these stale stories did absolutely nothing for me. New readers unfamiliar with the Hellboy formula and fanboys will probably enjoy them but I’ve found this 1950s Hellboy/BPRD series to be a total wash so far, filled with nothing but disappointingly hacky stories.

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