Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 – Beyond the Fences #3 Review

Review by: Nick Banks

Release Date: April 27, 2016
Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson
Penciller: Paolo Rivera
Inker: Joe Rivera
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera
Rating: 8 out of 10

Synopsis: Hellboy and a giant mutated dog fight through a suburban 1950’s neighborhood!

Our Thoughts: This third issue (co-written by Chris Roberson (iZombie) and Mike Mignola) picks up directly where issue two left off with Hellboy and a run-amok giant creature ready for round two.  The action starts almost immediately and a monster mash like this one has always been a staple of Hellboy’s adventures since publication of his tales began in 1993. 
 
The Rivera brothers expertly illustrate this battle in a “Leave it to Beaver” setting.   With all of the battles we’ve seen Hellboy engage in so far, it is an interesting change of pace to see him battle a monster in direct sunlight on a perfect summer day.  This leaves none of the carnage out however, and the art takes precedence in this issue over others in the series so far. 

We are left with a mystery at the end that, apropos to the Cold War setting, involves a “Red Scare” that readers of recent issues of BPRD will certainly recognize.  Stay tuned!

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