Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 – Beyond the Fences #2

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 – Beyond the Fences #2

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 – Beyond the Fences #2 kicks in the action as they come up against the monster dog. Surprisingly, this fight takes them through the entire issue. There’s not a lot of story development, though there’s a few puzzle pieces thrown in. For the most part, it’s action and the hunt.

The artwork continues it’s bright colors with some 50’s throwbacks, but it gets pretty rural as the monster dog hunt ensues. This change in environment leads to some nice shots of the country. From an abandoned barn to an all out fight with the beastly canine, the artwork does a good job of portraying the story.

Sadly, Paolo Rivera does not churn out another beautiful Norman Rockwell style cover for this issue. It’s not a bad cover, but it would have been great to see a series following the style of the first issue. On the flip side, it does more accurately reflect the style of the interior art.

While there’s not a lot to the story, it’s still fun. It opens with Hellboy and team fighting the monster dog and it running off after coming face-to-fist with Hellboy. Afterwards they recuperate and start the hunt again the next day. Round two presents even more action and the promise for some real terror in the next issue. Meanwhile some things happen to that scientist we saw in issue #1, though there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding that plot thread.

Overall it’s a fun issue with good artwork. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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