Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 - From Below

The Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1957 - From Below one-shot is set near the end of 1957 as the B.P.R.D. travel to Coos Bay, Oregon, and a haunted sawmill with a history of reported odd occurrences. The comic is your basic haunted house mystery with Hellboy and his team looking for what may cause commotion every few years and then go quiet. It builds up fairly well to the reveal, leading right up to an ominous door which some monstrosity hides behind, although the truth behind the the trouble at the sawmill isn't as exciting as one may have hoped.

While searching the abandoned buildings of the mill, the team find a (not all that well-hidden) abandoned lab of the Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra in the basement. Known to attempt occult experiments, the group have created some kind of cyborg that reactivates every few years and bangs around in the sawmill attracting attention before powering back down. There's a little bit of action between the creature and Hellboy but most of the fun of the comic comes from the lead-up to the reveal.

[Dark Horse, $3.99]

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