BPRD The Devil You Know

Mike Mignola discusses new B.P.R.D. twist

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Dec 27, 2017

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola’s comic universe is sprawling and complex, with his Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense having many agents and iterations. However, with this week’s issue of B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know, it gets perhaps his universe’s biggest surprise.

[Spoilers: unless you’ve read B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know No. 5, which came out Wednesday, be warned that the ending is revealed below.]

In conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Mignola (who co-writes the comic with Scott Allie) commented upon the issue’s ending, which detailed the discovery of a coffin in which Hellboy was interred. And his eyes appeared to be opening, which corpses rarely do. Hellboy is alive.

“For a very long time we've known where this series was going,” Mignola said, referencing Hellboy’s death and journey through Hell in the two series Hellboy: The Fury and the aptly-named Hellboy in Hell. The latter ended with Hellboy’s acceptance of death and his abandonment of his self-appointed post guarding Earth from supernatural evil.

Now, with his body found at the former B.P.R.D. HQ ruins, Hellboy seems to be back. “The reveal at the end of issue 5 was planned years ago and I sincerely hope it catches readers by surprise,” Mignola told THR.

With a new movie coming down the pike, the timing seems right for Hellboy’s return to the realm of the living. Rejoining the B.P.R.D. would be a big move for Red, but his future remains a mystery because, as THR notes, details surrounding his “potential return will be revealed in upcoming months.”