Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 #2

Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 7, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 3
8.3Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

In Brazil, Hellboy and a small group of BPRD agents investigate gruesome and bizarre murders happening in the shadows of a sixteenth-century Portuguese fortress, but what they uncover is more terrifying than they imagined.

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jan 9, 2015

    In the present, he's dead and in Hell, but in 1952 Hellboy is just starting and it's enormously enjoyable. If you'vebeen tempted to readHellboy, but felt there's too much to take it, start here and you've missed nothing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Jan 10, 2015

    Once again the Mignola Universe is expanding and while the story we're getting here is firmly set in the past, it is done in a style that will put a smile on your face and be as eager as I am for the next issue to be released. For fans of old, this will be a great trip down memory lane for you and not from a rehashed storyline but from the feel that existed in Hellboy's earlier adventures being featured so prominently here. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Jan 6, 2015

    Hellboy and the BPRD is full of feels; the art and the story are of Hellboy of old, with a hint of new car smell. Its everything that every Hellboy fan ever wanted, without Mignola going back on his once its broken, it cant be fixed line. Sure, that line was more about what he was doing, and has done, in B.P.R.D., but it applies here as well. This series is for you, even if youve never read Hellboy and wont have these feels. Why? Because its a great comic and I guarantee youll want you dive right into the Mignolaverse shortly after. Even if youre late to the party. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jan 7, 2015

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 #2 is entertainment at its best. The creative team is just firing on all cylinders, as they present an impressive package with enough credibility to make my job easy. Sure there are imperfections but these fail to stick as this title comes highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 7, 2015

    There's a terrific sense of foreboding to this issue, enhanced significantly by Alex Maleev's moody visuals. Maleev captures the spirit of Mike Mignbola's art even as he adheres to his own style and approach to page construction. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jan 7, 2015

    Hellboy And The B.P.R.D. #2 is a strong early-arc issue that Hellboy fans will enjoy immensely. The look and feel is unmistakably “Hellboy” and Maleev and Stewart deliver rock-solid artwork that is pitch perfect for the script from Mignola and Arcudi. This is an eerie mystery that is just firing up, and I'm happy that I'm along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Jan 9, 2015

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952 #2 is a solid follow up to the first issue and gives enough hints about what's being going on in this village to make the overall story more tittilating. This is done through a couple of developments but also through ominuous looking panels, and so I'm hopeful that the payoff will be worth the wait. There was some action this issue but even that mostly makes me look forward to when there's more intense action because of the potential here. The investigation should move forward next issue since there isn't more to explore on the surface and no other villagers, so unlike Susan, I'm excited about what's ahead. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jan 7, 2015

    With just two issues released, I can't help but think this is the best Hellboy series we've had in a while. A really spooky story, the murderer in the shadows, and a cliffhanger that is going to cause this newly formed team to fall apart is so much better than the gates of hell opening up consuming the Earth. Hellboy and the BPRD 1952 is a story set in the early days, and those early adventures are going to focus on what the characters don't know and how they grow to be a major force to be reckoned with. Hellboy and the BPRD 1952 #2 is worth the time, and is a very enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore and David Harper Jan 7, 2015

    This sort of reminds me of the Lobster Johnson minis where, on occasion, there's an issue that sort of just holds place, but is still beautiful to look at and has some fun moments. That is this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F-O-R-R-E-S-T Jan 7, 2015

    What this issue lacks in story, it makes up in art. This is a fun, if so far average Hellboy story that I think is going to go somewhere truly unexpected. I’m looking forward to it. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Nerds On The Rocks - Jonathan Schultz Jan 7, 2015

    There is quite a bit of story progression in this issue. The first issue was a little slow and this one definitely has a faster pace. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 12, 2015

    Any series is entitled to an occasional miss, and that's what we have here. It's a safe bet that the next issue will make up for this pause. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Jan 6, 2015

    After two issues, Hellboy and the B.P.R.D isn't groundbreaking or even all that interesting; it's just a pretty good, beautifully drawn Hellboy tale. That may not be what we were hoping for from such a high caliber creative team, but it's still not bad, either. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 12, 2015

    "Hellboy and the B.P.R.D." #2 looks nice, but -- and I say this as someone who's been reading "Hellboy" comics ever since "Hellboy: Seed of Destruction" #1 -- if I came into this with no background love for the character, I'm not entirely sure I'd be dying for the next chapter. Mignola and Arcudi are normally much more reliable in working together, which makes this a little frustrating, especially considering how great of an artist Maleev is. With three more issues to go, hopefully things will pick up a bit. For now, however, it's yet to shift into high gear. Read Full Review

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