‘Koshchei The Deathless’ Issue #2 Review

by Christine Caprilozzi

Mike Mignola’s Koshchei The Deathless #2 drops this Wednesday and swiftly picks up right where issue number one left off, in a pub located in Hell with Koshchei and Hellboy catching up.  While Koshchei continues to weave the background of the plotline through this vehicle of storytelling, the tale is peppered with Hellboy’s sarcastic comments, which are always welcomed by fans of Mignolaverse.

This issue sees the story goes deeper into the mysticism of Koshchei and his dark world. The humans and beast seem interchangeable, with the animals almost more trustworthy than the humans at times. This is some of the brilliance of Mike Mignola’s writing.  Over the years and across many series, he shows what many would consider abominable, outcast creatures with a human side.  With that said, Mignola is also genius to know that much evil and strife comes in human form.  The big payoff with Koshchei The Deathless #2 is a well-crafted battle scene featuring monstrous dragons and a rather intriguing cliffhanger.

Artwork by Ben Stenbeck, especially during the action sequences, is a done exceptionally well without being too over the top for this type of book.  Dave Stewart’s signature coloring, and use of deep rich tones is the perfect match for Stenbeck’s art, as well as Mignola’s story.

If you haven’t started the series already, Koshchei The Deathless #2 is the perfect time to catch up. Published through Dark Horse comics, Koshchei The Deathless #2 hits your local comic shop February 7th.


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