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Dark Horse Comics has announced a collaboration for the ages as Hellboy creator Mike Mignola teams up with artist Zach Howard, colorist Dave Stewart, and letterer Clem Robbins for a sequel to the iconic Hellboy story, The Crooked Man in Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb. Set years after he banished the infamous backwoods demon, Hellboy returns to Appalachia when a young psychic warns Tom Ferrell of looming danger. The Crooked Man's house is no longer empty. Threats new and old simmer in the Virginia woods.

“Sometimes you create a character, they perform their function, and that’s it,” said series writer Mike Mignola. “Other times you finish with them and they just refuse to get back in their box. Tom Ferrell is one of those characters. Even as I was writing The Crooked Man I knew there was a whole lot more to that guy. And Effie Kolb… It turns out there are worse things you can do to a character than turn them into a horse.”

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“Getting to stand in the shadows of the two legends that made The Crooked Man is an honor,” said Zach Howard. “Mignola asking me to draw the sequel is an opportunity I have not taken likely, and I’ve given my absolute best to live up to his wonderful creation. This will be my final sequential art as a freelance comic book artist, and I couldn’t ask for a better end to this chapter of my career.”

Hellboy: The Crooked Man was written by Mignola and illustrated by Richard Corben in 2008. The three-issue mini-series is included in Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories: Volume 1. Hellboy & The B.P.R.D.: The Return of Effie Kolb is a two-part mini-series with the first issue debuting on February 19th, 2020.

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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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