Following the last issue of Hellboy in Hell, the decades-long main story of Hellboy has finally been concluded. This month also sees the release of the final issue of the solo Abe Sapien series. It’s the end of an era, but the so-called “Mignolaverse” isn’t quite finished yet. This month also sees the launch of two new miniseries set in the Hellboy world: Witchfinder: City of the Dead, and Hellboy and the BPRD 1954: The Black Sun. Although Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is involved in both series, they also bring in some new blood: iZombie co-creator Chris Roberson is co-writing both, while Ben Stenbeck draws Witchfinder and Stephen Green draws Hellboy and the BPRD 1954.
“I’m very happy to have these books in the hands of really good writers,” Mignola told EW back in May. “Chris and I had a lot of conversations about what he’s interested in doing. My involvement is fun. I get to sit around and make sh– up, and then get out of their way while they do the hard stuff.”
The final issue of Abe Sapien, co-written by Mignola and Scott Allie, finds the aquatic hero going up against his ultimate nemesis, a necromancer who wants to use Abe’s destiny for his own ends. Abe, like Hellboy, was destined to bring great evil on the world, and must now reckon with the consequences of his refusal.
While Abe Sapien concludes near the end of the Hellboy universe story, as heroes contend with the effects of the apocalypse, both Witchfinder and Hellboy and the BPRD 1954 go back in time to explore other facets of this rich fictional world. Hellboy and the BPRD finds the big red guy going up north to investigate some strange sightings. The arctic is still a relatively untapped mine of mythology in the Hellboy universe; looks like readers will finally get a glimpse of the Mignolaverse take on yetis and other icy monsters. Witchfinder, meanwhile, goes back in time to Victorian London and follows Sir Edward Grey, Her Majesty’s premier occult detective, as he deals with a sudden zombie outbreak.
“We know from other stories a few details about Grey’s later life, including how he dies, but there’s a lot of empty space on that map that can be filled in,” Roberson told EW back in May. “With Scott and Mike’s input and feedback, I’ve come up with a rough outline for Sir Edward’s globe-trotting adventures all the way through his final battle in 1916, and the seeds for a lot of that are planted in City of the Dead.”
Check out exclusive previews of the three issues below. Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 and Abe Sapien #36 are both out Aug. 31, while Hellboy and the BPRD #1 hits stands Sep. 21.