The Unreasoning Beast
Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954 – The Unreasoning Beast
Writers: Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson
Artist: Patric Reynolds
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Mike Huddleston
Hellboy and B.P.R.D. agent Susan Xiang pay a visit to Thomas, Margaret and Victor Koestler in Baltimore. The case in question – a haunting. The suspect – a monkey named Diogenes. What ensues is a fun little story.
Thomas: “You’ve really dealt with this kind of thing before?”
Hellboy: “Ghost monkeys? Not exactly. But in the same ballpark, sure.”
This issue nicely encapsulates a self-contained story centered around a haunting. It’s up to Susan and Hellboy to figure out the mystery and help the family out. As the plot unfolds, the drama is unleashed, and there’s a battle with the ghost monkey. In the end, it’s a good story and I really enjoyed.
The focus sticks with the ghost aspect rather than some mutated monsters, which is a nice change of pace as most of the Hellboy comics I’ve read lately have all leaned toward mutated monsters instead of spirits. I also liked the investigative element as the B.P.R.D. is forced to rely on their detective skills instead of combat. This makes the story more of a mystery than an action tale. With the supernatural element, it makes for an entertaining tale.
The artwork does a good job of bringing the story to life but maintaining the stylistic feel of a Hellboy comic. There’s good detail, framing and focus, and it keeps the story in perspective and in the viewer’s eye. It’s like watching a little movie play out.
With a solid story and good artwork, I give Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954 – The Unreasoning Beast a four out of five metal bikinis. It’s a nice little standalone Hellboy story.
Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.