Rise of the Black Flame #1

Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson Artist: Christopher Mitten Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 7, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 2
8.1Critic Rating
9.8User Rating

Young girls are going missing from the cities of Siam, and the trail leads to the jungle hideout of a bloodthirsty cult wielding an ancient evil power-the Cult of the Black Flame.

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Sep 8, 2016

    Mignola has a knack for blending action, adventure, and horror into one cohesive, entertaining story. Even if the storyline of "kids start to go missing from a town"whodunit?" isn't a new one by any means, Mignola is still going to put his dark, twisted flair onto it and make it a unique series. This series is no exception to his masterful craft, and that's a good thing. The creative team has done a fabulous job on this series, and given us yet another flawless excerpt from the pages of Hellboy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Sep 8, 2016

    With its numerous touchstones to previous series and a moody eldrich mystery at its center, Rise of the Black Flame #1 is a rare example of a worthy prequel. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Oct 24, 2016

    Best known for his work on Criminal Macabre artist Christopher Mitten joins the Mignola universe. He manages to blend his own art style into the recognizable style of the Mignolaverse. Mitten showcases the various times in the intro well as the story begins in imperial held Burma. I'm curious to see if the series will continue in this time period or will it progress forward with each issue? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hctor A Sep 9, 2016

    I enjoyed myself a lot reading Rise of the Black Flame #1. There might be nothing that wins readers new to the Mignolaverse here, but there's compelling writing and very good art. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kristopher Grey Sep 10, 2016

    Fans get a little taste of previous Black Flame appearances with a few throwback panels in the first few pages, and new readers are being led into the beginning of some interesting story arcs. Anything by Mike Mignola is worth picking up; nonetheless, the rest of the contributors give hope to the 5 issue miniseries that it will live up to its preceding Hellboy features. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Mike Badilla Sep 7, 2016

    This book has me very interested. Stories like this can always hook me in so long as they're done right. I will ding it a little for giving me that "I've read this before" feeling, though. Not that there's not enough new stuff here to make it different, but it's still not a completely original story by any stretch. Here's hoping that's just the first issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Mark Tweedale Sep 7, 2016

    An excellent start to an intriguing new series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Courtney Ryan Sep 9, 2016

    What I find most endearing about Rise of the Black Flame #1 is how Mignola and Roberson simultaneously build anticipation for the Black Flame's narrative while still connecting us with new characters who feel natural within the Hellboy Universe. Since the story is set in Siam we'll likely meet the Black Flame's Siamese wife " and there's a good chance the Black Goddess somehow fits into all this " but I'm equally excited to see how these new characters spring to life in the face of peak horror. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Comic Crusaders - Inhuman Mongo Sep 8, 2016

    I look forward to the next issue where I am certain the action will begin to increase. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Outright Geekery - Jennifer Spires Oct 30, 2016

    The perfect song of the void is only beautiful if you can hear it. Beauty and interest is in the eye of the beholder. Read Full Review

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