Hellboy and the BPRD 1952 #2

8 Overall Score
Art: 7/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Story: 9/10

Great acceleration of story.

Artwork can frustrate in action sequences.

Hellboy and the BPRD 1952 #2
Written by: Mike Mingola & John Arcudi
Art by: Alex Maleev
Published by: Dark Horse Comics


Hellboy and the BPRD 1952 issue 2 picks up right where we left off in issue one (ugh). The local priest is up to some shenanigans, and winds up being killed by the mysterious beats that brought the BRPD there. Hellboy is given some “easier” work of watching over a shocked altar boy, when we are treated to some action. The creature finds its way to Hellboy, they tussle, and then it’s on the run. Before the end of the issue we get a true cliffhanger as we learn there is a traitor in the midst.

I enjoyed this issue more that the first, mainly due to the focus on the Brazillian mystery. The previous issue spent a majority of the time on background before we got to the “good stuff”. Issue two starts running, and ends with the traditional frustrating cliffhanger to make us buy issue 3.

The most enjoyable aspect of this was seeing how Hellboy’s instincts kick in immediately, despite this being his first mission. We are treated to his thought process, and with his rookie fighting moves, we are treated to a sense of danger not knowing how bad he could be wounded. This was the type of inside information readers would want in a prequel story.

Again, the artwork is functional for the setting, creating mood, and concealing details to create mystery, but it eventually wears on the eyes. Full of great action and a deepening mystery, issue two of Hellboy and the BPRD 1952 helps keep readers interests up. Pull it.




Author: Peter Schmeiser View all posts by

Peter fancies himself a comic book critic since he is one of the last comic book readers in southwest Florida. When he isn’t reading and writing reviews for movies, TV and comic books, he’s binge-watching shows, marathoning movies, podcasting, and performing classical music.

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