UPDATED 7/9/2014 11:00 AM PT: Dark Horse Comics publisher and founder Mike Richardson has provided CBR with a comment on Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and Alex Maleev’s freshly announced “Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.” miniseries:
“Mike knows where he’s going with his story. He sees the beginning, the end and you can see him continue to tell that story. He knows where it’s all going to end up and here at Dark Horse we’re on that ride with him to find out where Hellboy is going. I get excited whenever I get to read the new adventures. He’s busy working right now on Hellboy — in fact, I tried to persuade him to do a story for ‘Dark Horse Presents,’ but he’s far too involved in this story.”
Comic-Con International in San Diego is still two weeks away, but the stream of major announcements is already underway: On Tuesday, Dark Horse Comics announced via Entertainment Weekly a new five-issue “Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.” miniseries, starting in December.
The series, set for five issues, boasts a high-profile creative team: “Hellboy” creator Mike Mignola, plotting and writing Hellboy’s dialogue; long-time “B.P.R.D.” writer John Arcudi scripting; and Alex Maleev, an Eisner-winning Marvel veteran seen recently on “George Romero’s Empire of the Dead,” on art. The series is set in 1952, and is said to detail the “lost” years of Hellboy’s initial adventures with the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense.
The new series arrives at the end of Hellboy’s 20th anniversary year, commemorated this past March with “Hellboy Day.”
“I try to keep my head down and just keep moving,” Mignola told CBR in March. “One thing, fortunately, is that I’m not trying to do the same story over and over again. I’m doing a different kind of story 10 or 15 years ago. If I was trying to tread the same territory I think it would be more difficult.”