Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 #1
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Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 #1

Writer: Mike Mignola Artist: Ben Stenbeck Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: October 28, 2015 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 10
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Hellboy: Year Two!

Hellboy’s first experiences with Bruttenholm in England involve the phantom hand of a murderer and a demonic water spirit in stories reminiscent of the early Mignola masterpiece “The Corpse.”

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Nov 4, 2015

    Two stories for the price of one that take readers to one of Hellboy's earlier adventures and illustrates the power that his character has to create thrills and scares. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Patrick Hellen Oct 27, 2015

    The double feature is great. There's action up front, some spooky reflection in the rear, and if you've never read a page of Hellboy " this is not a bad place to start. The wider lore and backstory isn't needed but if you enjoy it, this might be your ticket to the big backlog. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Mark Tweedale Oct 28, 2015

    This pair of smaller stories probably aren't going to shake your world. They aren't going to keep you awake at night wondering what will happen next. But they're solid fun, and they shine some light on an extremely important relationship for this series, one that I'm excited to see grow throughout the '50s and on into the '60s and beyond. It makes me want to travel into the future so I can read a decade's worth of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. omnibuses. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Oct 31, 2015

    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953 is a perfect comic to pick up as part of Halloweek, whether you're a longtime fan of Hellboy or just looking for an introduction. Not only is it accessible, but it manages to deliver three succinct tales in very little space. It reveals the breadth of Mignola, Stenbeck, and Stewart's talent as storytellers and flexibility within the realm of horror. Whether you're looking for monstrous action, existential dread, or just an old fashioned campfire tale, this issue delivers on all fronts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny Hughes Oct 23, 2015

    This book is a confusing one. It's on record how much of a Mike Mignola fan I am and I have been impressed with some of the recent B.P.R.D series, so this book should be a no brainer. However, when reading the book, I found myself wondering what the point of the series is. Fair is fair, this isn't just a problem with this book. I sometimes wonder why we have prequel books. Sure, there have been some good ones, Year One springs to mind. But we have also had The Phantom Menace. This book, for me the casual reader, is ok. That said, I am sure those that are heavily invested in either series will enjoy it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Phil Robinson Nov 1, 2015

    If you're bringing one monster home this Halloween, make it Hellboy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Kieran Fisher Oct 27, 2015

    Overall, B.P.R.D: 1953 The Phantom Hand & The Kelpie is a solid start to yet another promising series in the Hellboy franchise. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 29, 2015

    The real fun in this issue is gaining more insight into Professor Bruttenholm's past and his relationship with Hellboy. It's just a shame "The Kelpie," which flashes further back into Bruttenholm's formative years isn't a bit longer or more in-depth. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 28, 2015

    On first blush, "Hellboy and the B. P. R. D.: 1953 - The Phantom Hand & the Kelpie" might seem like a collection of inventory tales, clearing out the drawers before ending the legend, but Mignola clearly sees the need for these stories, slotted between other adventures. Mignola avoids making the stories feel forced or unnecessary. These are tales some might find boring while others can't get enough, but there is absolutely no denying that "Hellboy and the B. P. R. D.: 1953 - The Phantom Hand & the Kelpie" adds clarity to the personalities of Middleton and Bruttenholm and their mission. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Justin Wood Oct 28, 2015

    Great art, simple story. Tip of the hat to Mignola and his crew to not leave us hanging this Halloween season. Read Full Review

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