Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed #5

The five-issue mini-series concludes with The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed #5 as the alien visitor struggles with loneliness following his wife's death. Offered the opportunity to rejoin his people in space, after stopping the latest threat to the Earth, the Visitor chooses a different path. Seizing the opportunity to go out on his own terms, the alien's final actions will finally lead to the Visitor coming face-to-face with the creature he was initially sent to Earth to kill.

It's nice to see a brief interaction between Hellboy and the Visitor, although the comic could have come to a close just as easily without ever making Hellboy aware of the alien or his actions. Hellboy fans will likely appreciate the appearances of both Herman Von Klempt and Inger von Klempt as the final threat our alien protagonist faces before meeting Hellboy.

Even if this last issue is a bit anti-climactic, The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed is a solid story that adds another layer to the Hellboy timeline. I'm a little sad to see it end. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]

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