The Beast Of New Hampshire In Hellboy And The B.P.R.D: Saturn Returns #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Agent Kinsley interviews Diana, the daughter of a man who disappeared in the New Hampshire woods long ago. She believes that her father was taken by aliens. Hellboy, Kinsley, and a full team go back out into the woods to continue their search, and they find an emaciated creature with incredible strength and speed. They try to fight it, but it wounds Hellboy and runs away. At the coroner’s office, they’re able to identify many of the bodies from the woods, closing a lot of cases…except one. Meanwhile, Liz Sherman experiences the underside of New Haven.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D: Saturn Returns #2 cover by Christopher Mitten
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D: Saturn Returns #2 cover by Christopher Mitten

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D: Saturn Returns #2 continues the investigation into the deaths and disappearances in the New Hampshire wilderness. After the encounter, they start forming theories, but the creature looks like nothing the B.P.R.D has ever seen.
It’s an issue focused very much on investigation. There are a couple of solid action sequences, but the vast majority of the comic is interviews and evidence examination. It’s a decent detective comic, if a bit slow in spots.
That said, the battle between the creature and Hellboy, brief as it is, is damn cool. We also get to see Liz Sherman cut loose a couple of times.
The Hellboy off-beat sense of humor is present in some parts of the comic. He finds the alien explanation quite funny, which is of course ironic considering he’s a literal demon from hell and the many supernatural things he’s fought at this point in his life.
Christopher Mitten’s a great fit for a Mignolaverse comic. His style is heavy on the shadow while still keeping a fairly simplistic look. It has a somewhat macabre undertone to it, and that is something that Mike Mignola’s own art style shares. Brennan Wagner’s color art is somewhat dim and menacing as well, and it just plain looks good too.
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D: Saturn Returns #2 brings the team a few steps closer to the mystery behind the deaths in New Hampshire. We get some good old-fashioned detective work and superpowered battles, two hallmarks of a good Mignolaverse comic. It has some slow parts, but this one still gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D: Saturn Returns #2 comes to us from writers Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, artist and cover artist Christopher Mitten, color artist Brennan Wagner, and letterer Clem Robins.
Final Score: 7/10

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