It's Hellboy's 20th anniversary, and Dark Horse Comics plans to close out the character's first two decades with a new miniseries from an all-star creative team.
It's been a big year for fans of the character first introduced by writer and artist Mike Mignola in 1994. Back in March, fans celebrated "Hellboy Day" to honor the character, Mignola returned to draw him this year for the hit Hellboy In Hell story arc, and The First 20 Years collection of some of Hellboy's best tales became a bestseller. That's a lot of celebration, but we're not done yet. This December, Mignola will team with artist Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Scarlet) and longtime B.P.R.D. writer John Arcudi for Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., a miniseries chronciling the "lost years" that feature Hellboy's earliest adventures with the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense.
Set in 1952, the series will follow in the footsteps of the B.P.R.D. miniseries 1946, 1947 and 1948, and will feature the story of when a younger Hellboy first ventured out with the bureau that would become his home. Mignola will handle plotting duties and write all of Big Red's dialogue, while Arcudi will handle scripts and Maleev will handle art. It's a potent team-up, to be sure, and though we don't yet know where exactly the story will take these characters, the creative powers at work alone are enough to get us stoked.
Any Hellboy fan knows it's been a joy to watch the character's universe grow from those early stories to the tales of the B.P.R.D. and beyond, and this looks like another intriguing piece of the Hellboy saga that'll become an indispensable part of the tale. We've seen tales of Hellboy's past before, but likely nothing like this.
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. arrives from Dark Horse in December. Check out some of Maleev's promo art below.