Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed #1

For the latest Hellboy storyline, creator Mike Mignola (along with the five-issue mini-series co-writer Chris Roberson) goes back to the beginning. Showing up just before Hellboy's arrival, an unnamed visitor was also on hand with explicit instructions to kill the beast prophesied to destroy the world should it appear.

Seeing a helpless infant with many possible futures, and not a monstrous beast determined to wipe out all life, the visitor chose to watch rather than act rashly and see what the creature might become. Taking place along Hellboy's timeline but outside of it, the new five-issue series ponders an important idea about how far you would go to prevent someone from becoming a monster. Is Hellboy indeed destined to destroy? Or is his fate in his own hands?

The visitor's superiors may believe the former, but the mere possibility of the later caused the visitor to stay his hand, step back, and allow events to unfold. I'm curious to see what events he may witness, and what will be his final verdict. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]

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