Koshchei the Deathless #1

Writer: Mike Mignola Artist: Ben Stenbeck Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: January 3, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11
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Hellboy's immortal foe!

Sent to kill Hellboy by the Baba Yaga in Darkness Calls, Koshchei the Deathless hinted at a long and tragic life before being enslaved to the Russian witch. Now Koshchei relives every horrible act on his road to immortality and beyond, with none other than Hellboy himself-in Hell.

Mignola returns to Hell and to the bizarre folklore that's filled some of his greatest books, reuniting with one of his favorite collaborators, Ben Stenbeck (Frankenstein Underground, Witchfinder: In The Service of Angels, Baltimore).

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jan 7, 2018

    The fall of a man due to the intervention of the supernatural makes for outstanding reading. Proceeding through this tale, a reader will wonder if Koshchei damned himself or was cursed by others. The strong story and fantastic visuals make this a “must-read.” Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 2, 2018

    A strong fairy tale style story that'll creep you out and delight with its mysteries. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jan 4, 2018

    Koshchei the Deathless #1 is one of these series that readers should check out. It is solid storytelling with great art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nathan Koffler Jan 3, 2018

    Fans of Hellboy and those who aren't can very much enjoy this first issue within this miniseries. It establishes a great story, intriguing characters, and a dark tone that will leave you wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Mark Tweedale Jan 3, 2018

    I've been waiting for this story for years and it did not disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Jan 7, 2018

    The first issue is a fantastic one adding another layer to the Hellboy universe and as usual mixes the fantastical and the grounded for a perfect mix. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 4, 2018

    While basically an offshoot of Hellboy: Darkness Calls, this series functions as a perfectly accessible standalone story in the same way so many Hellboy/BPRD projects do. Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck chronicle the origin story of this undead Slavic killer, framed by a charming little bar sequence in Hell. That story gets off to a strong start in this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Adam Brown Jan 2, 2018

    I have to admit that Im not overly well versed in Hellboy lore but I found this a very entertaining read. As a standalone dark folk tale it hits all the right notes. So if you find yourself in Hell with some time to kill, why not pull up a chair and listen in; I know I'm going to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 10, 2018

    While he's the furthest thing from a sympathetic character, I'm intrigued by this look back into the past of Koshchei. The framing of the having the story told in a pub in Hell is a nice touch as well. If I have concerns it's with Mignola finding enough content to fill six issues. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 1, 2018

    Hellboy fans and mythology buffs will find much to admire in Koshchei The Deathless #1. It seems unlikely that new readers will be won over by this tale, but Mignola's story will prove perfectly accessible to them. Couple a rich story with some equally enjoyable artwork and you have one fine comic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 10, 2018

    There's hope that the remaining five issues will be better than this first issue. Hell, anymore I'll take a weaker first issue to have a better overall series. Sadly though, it felt like a tired story that Mignola finally got around to telling, rather than something any fan needed to read. We'll see on the next one, but for now, it's all a bit dull. Read Full Review

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