Beyond the Fences #3

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 – Beyond the Fences #3

Writers: Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson
Penciller: Paolo Rivera
Inker: Joe Rivera
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera

Beyond the Fences #3 brings us to the school slaughter teased in the last issue. A giant, unstoppable, monstrous dog heading for a school full of innocent children. Can Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. stop it or will there be a slaughter in this quaint 1950’s suburb? Either way, it’s fun and action.

Opening this comic up, the artwork is just gorgeous. Paolo Rivera, Joe Rivera and Dave Stewart do an outstanding job of capturing the feel of the 1950’s. It’s like stepping back in time and seeing an old Nick At Nite show in full color, but with monsters! And Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson certainly gave the artist a lot to work with. First of all, there’s all the sweet little kids getting out of school who are then thrown into hell as a massive demon dog crashes into the panels. The terror on the kids’ faces really brings it home. But rather than stopping there, they tease the readers with the danger. Will the kids get eaten? Will the heroes step in to stop the monster in the nick of time? I won’t ruin the surprise, but the art and the storytellers really come together to sell the suspense.

When the action kicks in, you see Hellboy at his best. He’s in it for some good old hand-to-hand combat with the monster dog and the panels do a great job of showcasing the fight. From the details of the line work to the richness of the colors, it looks downright beautiful in some of shots. All of the action flows smoothly. It’s great visual storytelling, and some of the best Hellboy artwork I’ve seen in awhile.

Aside from the great artwork, the story itself weighs heavy on the action, but it works really well with the pacing. We get to see Hellboy earn his reputation, plus a nice assist from a mysterious ally. There’s lots of nods to characters we’ve seen in past stories, so longtime readers will get some fun tie-ins. All in all, it’s a good story that’s very satisfying and has a nice end.

With top notch artwork and a fun story, I give Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953 – Beyond the Fences #3 a five out of five metal bikinis. While it’s a mouthful of a title, it has some excellent visuals, and is definitely worth checking out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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