There’s A Mole in the Department In Hellboy And The B.P.R.D #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Time has passed, and we join the B.P.R.D as Margaret meets with Trevor Bruttenholm about the department’s operations. She’s upset with Bruttenholm’s secrets and the field agents he’s seemingly withholding from her. Meanwhile, Susan Xiang is in Florida looking into another matter for Trevor. Later, he also reaches out to a longtime department member to look into the possibility of moles in the B.P.R.D.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D 1956 #2 cover by Dave Johnson
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D 1956 #2 cover by Dave Johnson

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D #2 is a fairly slow-moving issue. It catalogues the inner turmoils of the titular department and the betrayals it faces.

Trevor Bruttenholm is more-or-less the main player in the issue. It’s his covert operations and meetings that we follow, with Margaret receiving the second-most amount of attention.

Hellboy himself only shows up in one panel in the comic, which is a little disappointing but doesn’t ruin the comic.

It is an interesting read. It comes close to feeling like a catalog of a government agency’s bureaucracy at times (which it is, in a way) but with enough Cold War-era intrigue and compelling players to keep the book from becoming dull.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D 1956 art by Yishan Li, Mike Norton, Michael Avon Oeming, and Dave Stewart
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D 1956 art by Yishan Li, Mike Norton, Michael Avon Oeming, and Dave Stewart

Yishan Li, Mike Norton, and Michael Avon Oeming are the artists on the venture, and each one gives a distinct and appealing treatment to the comic. I’m not sure if the comic especially benefits from having three artists, as the shifting in styles doesn’t really correlate to any narrative shifts. However, the comic still looks good throughout, as all three artists are talented. Dave Stewart is the color artist, and, as is often the case, he gives an excellent and grabbing palette to the book.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D #2 isn’t an especially exciting comic, but there are enough interesting character moments and story beats to keep the reader engaged. Trevor Bruttenholm is an excellent character, and the inner workings of the B.P.R.D are intriguing. If you’re a fan of the “Mignolaverse” and the B.P.R.D, feel free to check this one out.

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D #2 comes to us from writers Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson, artists Yishan Li, Mike Norton, and Michael Avon Oeming, color artist Dave Stewart, and cover artist Dave Johnson.

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