Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952 #5

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952 #5

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

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952 #5 is the culmination of an epic battle. Hellboy and von Klempt continue to go at it, a giant monster comes out of nowhere, and in the end, those altered chimps turn the tide of the fight. Yet even after the battle, the story continues, and those last pages pack some punch. Best of all, the visuals capture it in all its glory.

The issue opens with the castle. The first page shows the outside, then snaps inside to where that leaking, green slime is pouring over a dead soldier while the chimps look on. There’s no text, just imagery, and all of it foreshadowing what’s to come. The next page jumps to the action with von Kempt and Hellboy trading insults and blows which really brings out the characters. Then that dead guy in the ooze makes his reappearance, dominating the fight, introducing some chaos, and causing Hellboy to show just how fearless he is. Without spoiling too much, everyone gets clobbered and blown up. In the end, Hellboy comes out on top in an iconic scene. The loose storythread with Bob gets tidied up, and Varvara makes a fiery appearance. It’s a nice finish to the arc.

The artwork does a great job of bringing the story to life with its simple visuals. The key is the framing of the shots and the bizarre imagery. I mean you have chimps wit probes sticking out of their heads sitting around smoking cigarettes. There’s a guy whose head is in a jar that’s jammed into his neck and has a swastika blazoned on his tiny forehead looking as ridiculous as could be. Hellboy himself is a devil with chopped off horns and a metal fist. Then there’s the reanimated frankenstein soldiers and a giant tentacle monster. Oh, and don’t forget the evil girl with a lion faced devil standing behind her. It’s the perfect blending of weirdness and fascination that creates such iconic, macabre visuals.

If you’ve been holding out on this mini-series, I’d say this is one trade paperback you’ll definitely want to check out. It’s classic Hellboy and a lot of fun. This issue does a great job of sealing things up and sending it off with some bangs. Both the artwork and dialog is top notch making this a five out of five metal bikinis. Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952 shows that there’s still plenty of fight left in this character.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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