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"Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Her Fatal Hour" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Dark Horse Comics

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Written by Mike Mignola
Illustrated by Tiernen Trevallion
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Clem Robins
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on December 2nd, 2020

Review:

We're heading back into Hellboy's extensive history with Her Fatal Hour and The Sending, a new one-shot that takes a look at previously untold adventures. This time around we're in 1979 as Hellboy returns home to the B.P.R.D. headquarters after a mission for a well-deserved rest, but his slumber is interrupted by a young woman in France. She summons him to repay a debt by fighting a monster that's hunting her.

The beauty of Hellboy is that you can dive into virtually any chapter of his storied legacy and enjoy it. You don't need to sift through a ton of backstory to understand everything. Writer Mike Mignola seamlessly drops us into this time period and we're off to the races. Her Fatal Hour is a followup to The Beast of Vargu, so there is a link to previous continuity for those keeping track at home.

Part of this acceptance comes from how insane some of the character's adventures have been. Of course, he swaps places with a puppet version of himself and fights a creepy dragon monster. That's an average Tuesday. Hellboy sees it the same way. Sure, he's exhausted, but there's a monster that needs smashing and he's got a giant right hand that's perfect for the job.

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There's some humor mixed into this story too, particularly with Hellboy's clothes. Since he is transported to France buck naked, he needs something to wear. The only thing that fits him is an old woman's robe. Artist Tiernen Trevallion blends the comedy with the horror well, showing the ridiculous outfit on the fierce Hellboy as he faces down a frightening beast.

The creature in Her Fatal Hour grows more terrifying with each turn of the page. He first appears from the fire, slithering out like a snake only to rise up like a demon then go full on dragon. It's a fascinating journey.

This fight scene is beautifully colored by Dave Stewart. The colors are crisp and clean as this sequence is lit by the firelight. Hellboy's bright red skin contrasts with the dingy greys and browns of the monster.

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The followup story, The Sending, jumps to England in 1991 as Hellboy and an older agent, Harry, are investigating an alleged mummy. Trevallion illustrates a frailer creature in this story, but a creepier one. Letterer Clem Robins shows its speech like a struggle. Its words are short and carry no punctuation. It is driven for one purpose and Hellboy is there to put a stop to it.

Hellboy rarely goes wrong and this one-shot is another solid chapter in the character's history. Since he's been all over the world for decades, there are opportunities for many more stories like this and I sincerely hope we get them. It's clear that Mignola has not missed a beat in Hellboy's 25-plus year legacy.

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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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