Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 #1

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 #1

Writer: Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson
Penciller: Paolo Rivera
Inker: Joe Rivera
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 #1 kicks off a new adventure in Rosemead, CA. Hellboy and agents Susan Xiang and Jacob Stegner go off on a monster hunt as kids, pets and adults wind up missing in a quaint little fifties slice of suburbia. It’s a nice little story that builds things up and keeps it interesting. The art is decent and the writing is enjoyable. While I’m not completely sold on this new arc yet, I’m anxious to see where it will go.

The story throws some little tidbits hitting on past events, providing a little background on the team members, and setting the stage for the adventure. Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952 was Hellboy’s first real foray into the field. He’s now famous. But in that arc, we were taken to the wilds of South America. In this tale, we’re in the US and a 50’s era neighborhood. It’s kind of a neat aesthetic. For the most part, the art is good. Some panels are okay, some are good, and some are really cool. The best ones are the big monster splash pages when Susan gets her visions. But there’s some nice nostalgic panels of Hellboy in this little California neighborhood.

The story sets things up, but it doesn’t get deep enough into the plot to reveal what’s going on. There’s a nervous scientist breaking the rules, a weird rock, and lots of missing people and animals. The last page gives a glimpse of what’s to come, but it will take more than a monstrous poodle to really sell the villains of the story. It’ll be interesting to see where it goes next.

One last thing worth mentioning is the beautiful cover by Paolo Rivera that pays tribute to Norman Rockwell. Now that’s a cover worth hanging on the wall. Great stuff.

Overall, I give this one a three out of five metal bikinis. It’s too early to call this one, but it’s got potential.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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