Hellboy and the B.P.R.D – Saturn Returns #3 (Of 3)

  • Written by: Mike Mignola & Scott Allie
  • Art by: Christopher Mitten
  • Colouring by: Brennan Wagner
  • Lettering by: Clem Robins
  • Cover by: Christopher Mitten

Intro:

Having uncovered the secret as to “who” the creature is, or at least used to be, the local authorities discover that one of their own has recently been murdered, with a clue as to what the creature wanted at the time of it’s break in. Coming up with a plan, they set a trap for the creature but soon learn that this being is smarter, stronger, and faster than they are.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: Saturn Returns #3 Cover

Plot:

After receiving a call about Liz’s escape, Hellboy decides to drop the case and head straight out on a flight to Connecticut to find her. Despite the teams pleas for him to stay and help track the creature down so that they can see this case closed, Hellboy has his own priorities, and Liz Sherman is top of that list. After finding her under attack from the mob boss from the previous issues, Hellboy arrives just in time to help Liz and get her back to safety, claiming that he’ll always be there for her.

Agent Kinsley, Mr Oates, and the local Police set up their trap and wait for the creature to spring it, but before they can hide and wait, the creature springs into action, with more fast paced narrative and quick escalations in many of the situations of this issue. Eventually, Agent Kinsley is able to kill the terminate the creature, and later discover from Professor Bruttenholm that it is in fact a ghoul, not a vampire or werewolf.

Back at B.P.R.D. headquarters, the case is closed so Hellboy and Liz finish of the night by playing a game of chess, which Hellboy doesn’t fully understand it seems.

Art:

Continuing into the final issue with the excellent panels of art, Mitten brings to life ancient ghoulish creatures, the citizens of Connecticut, the local and international authorities and of course Hellboy himself, with art that truly captures the pace, atmosphere and drama of the story.

Overall:

As the final issue in this mini series, this issue rounds off the story with some great action, a somewhat satisfying conclusion, and a happy ending for all. The reason I say somewhat satisfying ending is only because I personally would have liked to know more about some of the plot we seemed to be missing, such as why Mrs. Caprolione’s father turned into the ghoul, and what (if any) was the significance of the wall of occult graffiti that seemed to never get mentioned again. However as per, these are just my opinions, based on what I like to know and read in stories. Overall the story is a fun read and a great place for new readers to start if they want to get into Hellboy comics.

Panel taken from issue 1

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