Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 - Beyond The Fences #1

Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson Artist: Paolo Rivera Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 24, 2016 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 2
8.7Critic Rating
9.8User Rating

A mysterious creature hunts the children of an idyllic suburban town, and the BPRD get more than they bargained for when their investigation begins to seem strangely familiar.

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 27, 2016

    Hellboy And The B.P.R.D. 1953: Beyond The Fences #1 is a great comic with a mouthful for a title. Roberson, the Riveras and Stewart are a dream team to tell this early tale of Hellboy and his time with the B.P.R.D. and I will be back without hesitation for issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - connorjs Feb 28, 2016

    HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. 1953 #1 features a new creative team and they prove every bit of their worth. The artwork is eye-popping, the story-telling well-paced, and the dialogue smooth and believable. Following Hellboy and the B.P.R.D as they investigate a missing persons case in an otherwise idyllic 1950s town, this is an exciting beginning to a new Hellboy mini-series that has the potential to become a stand-out in the canon. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Feb 25, 2016

    I’ve tried to put all bias aside for this review, since I am a long-time fan of anything Hellboy related. Even so, this issue is a 10 out of 10 to me. Its pacing is perfect, it has intrigue, mystery, and a character we all know and love on an earlier mission with the B.P.R.D. If you’re a Hellboy fan, or want to start being one, this issue is the way to go. You will not be disappointed—not one bit. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Christopher Calloway Feb 26, 2016

    Hellboy and the B.R.P.D.: 1953 Beyond the Fences #1is superb in both story and art. Make room for this one on your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Feb 26, 2016

    The book ends on a great and chilling cliffhanger as we get one step closer to solving the mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed this first issue, as it continued to make the B.P.R.D. feel more cohesive and shows a more comfortable and confident Hellboy. This is a great jumping on point for casual fans of the horned hero and die hard followers alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 24, 2016

    Dark Horse's latest Hellboy project is already off to a terrific start. This new series builds on the foundation of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 as it explores the team's growing bond and builds a sinister new threat lurking in a peaceful suburban town. Paolo Rivera's art alone makes this issue worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Brandon Davenport Dec 31, 1969

    I'll be honest, given the nature of a horror book, it's hard to talk about the matter without giving juicy details away. Just take my word for it this is an exciting book to start looking into. Hellboy has always seemingly had this consistent quality, and it shines here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Mar 3, 2016

    You should know by now that if a book has the name "Mignola" on the cover, it's something you should be reading. Hellboy and the BPRD: 1953 - Beyond the Fences is no different. It's filling in some of the vast history that Hellboy had before meeting his untimely end a few years back. There are references to the previous stories in this series, but the book stands on its own with little prior knowledge needed. Any monster fan should be eating this up. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - murrakmr Feb 24, 2016

    By now Hellboy and B.P.R.D. have a dedicated and loyal fan-base who are comfortable in the knowledge that they can trust Mignola and his collaborators to deliver a great story. For anyone outside of that fan-base this issue is a great introduction to the Mignola-verse and is sure to make them want to come back for more. There is plenty here to enjoy for anyone that's ever noticed the dark possibilities of suburbia or loved the films or TV series that explore the same theme. White picket fences and perfect smiles, you just can't trust them. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Vernon Miles Feb 25, 2016

    Just about everything in "Beyond the Fences" works, individually and together. The art is outstanding and compliments the writing style, which in turn enhances the disturbing nighttime investigation scenes. It's not the best issue of Hellboy ever, but even a moderate one is still a thrill to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Mark Tweedale Feb 24, 2016

    This issue is excellent. Chris Roberson and Paolo and Joe Rivera seem to have a natural affinity for this series and I can't wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Patrick Hellen Feb 25, 2016

    All the pieces are there, it's solid, and I enjoyed it, but as a first chapter it suffers a little bit from set-up-itis, so subsequent issues should clear that up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Feb 25, 2016

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953: Beyond the Fences #1 is an excellent jumping on point to the Hellboy and Mignolaverse. Mignola and Roberson are able to seamlessly introduce the characters and create an intriguing mystery and detective story that increasingly builds tension with every flip of the page. Paolo Rivera's artwork is solid and he is able to easily tell the story without any dialogue. I absolutely love the way he zooms in to focus attention on certain characters. This was a solid book in what looks to be an entertaining new series. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 24, 2016

    I've not read any Hellboy since a few meager bits in the mid 90's, but this book was just so easily accessible that it left me wanting to gobble up a whole lot more. Definitely looking forward to what's to come next. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Feb 27, 2016

    While Mike Mignola created Hellboy, and managed to bring his trademark art-style to the title, Paolo Rivera manages to take the idea into a more realistic style. That is oddly refreshing, despite the respect I have Mike Mignola as a writer and artist. All around the art is superb from it character drawings, to the setting itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Feb 25, 2016

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 – Beyond the Fences #1 introduces us to a brand new story for the Bureau, with the creative team giving us an engaging premise. It would however be the character development that made this comic so captivating, with the team showing fabulous chemistry throughout this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Claire Stevenson Feb 24, 2016

    Whilst there are references to prior books in the series, the nature of BRPD allows easy access to fans and strangers of the subject material alike. With the character-driven nature of the book, I would say that 'Beyond the Fences' will likely have greater appear to the former rather than the latter. However, it's still worth a look-in if you fancy a change from your standard purchases. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Feb 24, 2016

    Hellboy has a legion of fans who will no doubt love this book. For me though, it just feels like just more of the same. I totally get that fans of any book like certain things, but there comes a point where this can cause have the impact of diminishing returns, especially when it comes to that ever increasingly rare beast, the new reader! Read Full Review

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