Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 #4

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

Writers: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
Artist: Alex Maleev
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Clem Robins
Cover Artist: Alex Maleev

***Spoiler Warning: This review contains mild and major spoilers.***

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 #4 goes old school by bringing back the Nazis. As Hellboy and Archie enter the castle, they find monkey’s operating on bodies, hundreds of tubes filled with frankenstein beings, and behind it all, a guy with a Nazi head in a jar, von Klempt.

Up until now, the 1952 series has set the good guys up against modified monkey monsters. Now, however, it’s changing the game by introducing a sect of Nazis as the real villains behind what’s been going on. Von Klempt does a lot of talking in this issue, revealing what he’s up to, but also showing that he’s trying to reach out to other Nazi sects for support. It’s a pretty wild plot and a nice uptake for the story. Rather than just some odd monkey’s with no motivations, we now have some motivations for the villains. But the question is, where will it go from here?

The story mixes in a lot of action and a lot of plot development. Things start with Archie and Hellboy fighting the frankenstein guys and moving about, exploring the castle and its secrets. First it’s the monkey’s operating on people. Then there is the army of frankensteins. And then, ramping it up another notch, some weird dude with his head in a jar on a podium done up like a cheap Nazi rally pontificating to a camera and an unseen audience. Oh, and he can shooting lightning from his hands. It’s weird, it’s visually striking, and it adds on to the fun factor as each element piles onto the other.

This story gives the artists a lot to work with. It’s the classic creepy castle of horrors. They even get some flashback scenes of some great, creepy imagery. The whole comic is just riddled with shocking imagery. Whether it’s the use of frightening creatures adding to the shock value, or just the use of color to create striking visual cues, the art has a lot of impact.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 #4 throws in its chips for a huge payoff. By introducing von Kempt, things get a lot more interesting for Hellboy. His first mission has gone from a monkey monster to a full blown occult conspiracy. With a great story and superb artwork, this issue gets a five out of five metal bikinis. Now is definitely the time to jump in.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.


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