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The Hellboy Universe Is Expanding With B.P.R.D.: 1947

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Hellboy may be the star attraction, but Mike Mignola’s darkly Gothic universe gets much of its appeal from Hellboy’s friends/co-workers/de facto family: The moody fire starters, disembodied spirits and intellectual mermen who staff the B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense). Various members — from Hellboy’s fiery paramour, Liz Sherman, to the ethereal Johann Kraus — have quietly starred in their own Dark Horse comics, and now the new B.P.R.D.: 1947 series (co-written by Mignola and Joshua Dysart) promises to delve deep into the team’s murky origins.

The new series picks up where the critically acclaimed B.P.R.D.: 1946 left off: After British occult expert Trevor Bruttenholm helped thwart the Nazi Occult Bureau’s post-war Project Vampir Sturm, the fledgling Bureau found itself pitted against an older and far more dangerous adversary. Classwic vampire horror plus Nazis — what’s not to love? And any story that includes the adorable infant Hellboy is aces with us.

With Mignola busy on movie projects, artwork on the many Hellboy titles has varied in quality. But if anyone can replicate Mignola’s signature creepy/funny visual style, it’s Eisner Award-winning B.P.R.D.: 1947 artists (and brothers) Fabio Moon (Sugarshock and Gabriel Ba (Umbrella Academy). So get reacquainted with Hellboy and pals when B.P.R.D.: 1947 hits stores in July.

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