Devil’s Night was the perfect time for Dark Horse to announce their latest book collection Hellboy Universe Essentials. Beginning in 2021, Dark Horse Books will publish four volumes of essential Hellboy Universe stories, all selected by Mike Mignola, each featuring all new covers by Mignola and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart.
“In some cases—B.P.R.D. and Witchfinder—it was pretty easy to select the one “essential” book,” said Mignola. “Hellboy was more complicated, as there is so much ground to cover. In the end we chose to go with a collection of short stories rather than a single graphic novel, to give more of an overview of the character. We chose certain stories that say important things about his background, but also some that just show what he does and how he does it. A couple of stories are in there just because they are my favorites.”
This new line if set to debut in July 2021 with the first collection called Hellboy Universe Essentials: Hellboy. That release will be followed by Hellboy Universe Essentials: B.P.R.D. in November 2021, followed by Hellboy Universe Essentials: Lobster Johnson in March of 2022, and Hellboy Universe Essentials: Witchfinder in July of 2022.
The initial book will be priced at $14.99, and will collect these iconic stories: The Chained Coffin, The Third Wish, Pancakes, The Nature of the Beast, The Corpse, The Baba Yaga, A Christmas Underground, The Ghoul, and The Troll Witch.
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