By Nick Banks
HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1953-BEYOND THE FENCES #2 Review
Release Date: March 23, 2016
Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson
Penciller: Paolo Rivera
Inker: Joe Rivera
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera
Rating: 9 out of 10
Synopsis: Hellboy and the agents of the BPRD continue their investigation into missing children in suburbia and the monster fights amp up!
Our Thoughts: This second issue (co-written by Chris Roberson (iZombie) and Mike Mignola) picks up directly where issue one ended and throws the reader into the deep end of the pool with a classic Hellboy-monster brawl featuring an enormous mutated Collie. This is what Mignola fans turn up for right? Well, it certainly can’t hurt an already engaging mystery set in the paranoid decade of the 1950’s.
Although the monster brawl bookends this story, the “shoot-first-ask questions-later” Agent Stegner and the more contemplative Agent Xiang assist Hellboy in one of his first investigations. The tone of the investigation recalls such 50’s Sci-fi classics as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, where everything in the perfect small town is not as it seems. Is that new, innocent substitute teacher just happy to have a job in such a “friendly” community? I have a feeling that we’ll soon find out…
The Rivera brothers are the real stars of the show in this installment and their art is best served when detailing monsters and carnage. In the more reserved first issue, their art did not stand out, but it does here. The battles between Hellboy and the ever-evolving Collie look like a mix of John Severin and Jerry Ordway, as the brothers capture the humanity of the human characters and yet also bring a realism to the monster.