Witness A Prequel To Villainy In Rasputin: The Voice Of The Dragon #1

by Hannah Means Shannon

The first issue of a five part miniseries arrives today from Dark Horse delving into the lore surrounding one of the Hellboy universe’s most intriguing figures–Rasputin.

Written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, with iZOMBIE co-creator Chris Roberson, drawn by artist Christopher Mitten and colored by Dave Stewart, the series has plenty of mysteries to explore due to Rasputin’s long involvement in the world of Hellboy.

Chris Roberson explains:

When Hellboy first arrived on Earth it was in the waning days of WWII, as a group of Nazi occultists lead by the Russian mystic Rasputin sought to summon a demon from hell to help them defeat the Allies. The demon child didn’t appear where expected, though, and was instead adopted by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, an English occult investigator who was on hand with American troops.

But while that struggle between Allied forces and Nazi occultists has always loomed large in Hellboy’s backstory, we haven’t before fully explored just what characters like Rasputin and Bruttenholm were up to in the war years.

In the pages of Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon we begin to dig deeper into that conflict, and explore both Rasputin’s rise to prominence and young Bruttenholm’s gradual realization that there were more dangers lurking in the shadows of wartime Europe than the Allies had ever suspected.

The series will deal with a conspiracy involving the Third Reich, a secret society (of course!), and Professor Bruttenholm’s first ever mission. He sets off in search of the man who will, in fact, bring Hellboy, to earth. Thought dead, but now influencing Hitler’s inner circle, Rasputin will soon engage in a rather historic meeting with Bruttenholm.

Here’s our extensive preview of the comic:

Issue 1 of Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon arrives in comic shops today, Wednesday, November 15th, with a cover by Mike Huddleston (The Strain) and a variant cover by Mike Mignola.