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Mignolaversity: August 2022 Solicitations

By | May 18th, 2022
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Welcome to Mignolaversity, Multiversity Comics’ dedicated column for all things Mike Mignola. Yet again, it’s that time when we look ahead to the upcoming books from Mike Mignola and admire the covers. This time we’ve got artwork from Mike Mignola, Peter Bergting, and Matt Smith. Thanks, as always, to Dark Horse Comics for sending these our way.


FRANKENSTEIN: NEW WORLD #1 (of 4)


Variant cover by Mike Mignola
with colors by Dave Stewart

Written by Mike Mignola, Thomas Sniegoski, and Christopher Golden
Illustrated by Peter Bergting
Colored by Michelle Madsen
Lettered by Clem Robins

On sale August 3, 2022
Full color, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Safely tucked away inside the hollow earth where humanity survived after Ragna Rok, precocious young Lilja receives visions of a new darkness taking root on the surface. Defying her elders, Lilja awakens the timeless oracle—once known as Frankenstein—to investigate the warnings and, perhaps, even explore the new world above.

Frankenstein: New World, from Mike Mignola, Thomas Sniegoski, Christopher Golden, and artist Peter Bergting, explores a new chapter in the world of Hellboy!

Mark Tweedale: In case you missed it, Frankenstein is back for a new miniseries starting this August. This is a big deal for a few reasons: 1, this is set after the events of “B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know” with humankind living in the Hollow Earth; 2, if you look at Mignola’s variant cover, you can see he’s got Gall Dennar’s Hyperborean Sword (so, y’know, make sure you’re up to date with “The Sword of Hyperborea” before beginning this series); 3, this reunites the writing team of Mike Mignola, Thomas Sniegoski, and Christopher Golden, who wrote the very first “B.P.R.D.” story, ‘Hollow Earth,’ all the way back in 2022 (which, I might add, has some of the most iconic Hellboy moments ever); and 4, this Peter Bergting’s proper debut in the Hellboy Universe. Look, Bergting has a long history of working with both Mignola and Golden at this point, but it’s mainly been for “The Outerverse” projects. (Though he did some work on the 2002 Hellboy Sourcebook and Roleplaying Game.) Anyway, Bergting is awesome, and I can’t wait to see what he does with ‘New World.’ In fact, there’s a preview of his interiors over at First Comics News.

YOUNG HELLBOY: ASSAULT ON CASTLE DEATH #2 (of 4)

Written by Mike Mignola and Thomas Sniegoski
Illustrated by Craig Rousseau
Colored by Chris O’Halloran
Lettered by Clem Robins

On sale August 10, 2022
Full color, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

As Hellboy struggles in the grip of a mysterious illness, a Brotherhood operative inside the B.P.R.D. brings an assassin within striking distance! But even with a fever, young Hellboy has an ace up his (pajama) sleeve. . . or is that a familiar calling card?

Read the exciting continuation of the second Young Hellboy series, from Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and cowriter Tom Sniegoski, with art by Craig Rousseau and colors by Chris O’Halloran.

Mark: Sadly, I couldn’t share Michael Avon Oeming’s variant cover for this issue because the art isn’t ready yet. I have to say, young Hellboy, running around with Mac the dog, with a red crab logo on his shirt that looks suspiciously close to the one from “The Adventures of Tintin: The Crab with the Golden Claws” is wonderful. (Keep those Tintin references coming, Matt and Craig. You guys know how much I love those.) Other than that, it’s nice to see a new story referencing the Lobster. . . Is this evidence that Sniegoski wants to write a Lobster Johnson story? Perhaps a Lobster Johnson and the Sky Devil crossover? I sure hope so.

Right, let’s move on to collections coming in October, kicking off with something that technically shouldn’t be in this column, but it’s awesome and I figure Mignola fans would want to know about it. . .

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FESTIVAL

Written by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon
Illustrated by Peter Bergting

On sale October 12, 2022
Full color, 72 pages
$19.99
Hardcover, 6″ x 9″

The Valhalla music festival commemorates a long-ago Viking slaughter, but when strange things start to happen, it seems the massacre may be far from over. When festival-goers begin to disappear, and musicians find themselves playing mysterious and ancient songs as if possessed, the fans have to figure out what’s going on before the festival site’s haunting past comes back for blood.

New York Times bestselling horror writers Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon create a music festival to die for in this illustrated novel with artwork by Peter Bergting!

• New prose horror from two New York Times bestselling writers!

Mark: Yeah, I know, this is not a Mignola book, but everyone involved had been a Mignola collaborator at some point, and it sounds like a great project. I didn’t want this one to fly under your radar.

OK, I’ll go back to Mignola books now. . .

B.P.R.D.VOLUME 2
—PAPERBACK OMNIBUS EDITION—

Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
Illustrated by Guy Davis, Herb Trimpe, John Severin, Karl Moline, and Peter Snejbjerg
Colored by Dave Stewart and Bjarne Hansen
Lettered by Clem Robins

On sale October 19, 2022
Full color, 480 pages
$29.99
Paperback, 7″ x 10″

In 2001, Hellboy quit the B.P.R.D., leaving its roster of special agents to defend the world from any occult threats, and the growing menace of the frog army. Now their adventures are collected in one continuous saga, following the exploits of Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, Roger the Homunculus, Johann Krauss, Kate Corrigan, Ashley Strode, and many more from the war on frogs through the end of Ragna Rok. This second volume includes deeper explorations of Abe Sapien’s origins, the Black Flame, and the introduction of more key characters!

B.P.R.D.: Born Again, B.P.R.D.: Revival, B.P.R.D.: The Dead, B.P.R.D.: War on Frogs, and B.P.R.D.: The Black Flame.

Mark: This is a new printing of the omnibus previously published as “B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs – Volume 2.”

HELLBOY: WEIRD TALES
—PAPERBACK OMNIBUS EDITION—

Written by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Jill Thompson, and more
Illustrated by Jill Thompson, Evan Dorkin, Craig Thmpson, Guy Davis, Eric Powell, P. Craig Russell, and more
Colored by Dave Stewart and more
Lettered by Clem Robins and more

On sale October 26, 2022
Full color, 248 pages
$24.99
Paperback, 7″ x 10″

Some of the best writers and artists in comics team up to present stories of giant bats, demon children, jetpacks, haunted circuses, and rusted out spaceships. It’s old-fashioned pulp fun featuring one of the greatest heroes of modern comics.

Join Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and a slew of talented collaborators for this spooky selection of truly weird tales, collected for the first time in paperback!

• Collects Hellboy: Weird Tales volumes 1 & 2 for the first time in paperback.

Mark: Originally published in hardcover back in 2014, “Hellboy: Weird Tales” has been out of print for a while, and I know many fans have wanted to get their hands on it. This also collects two short stories ‘How Koshchei Became Deathless’ and ‘Baba Yaga’s Feast,’ drawn by Guy Davis that I absolutely love. Also, check out that new cover from Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart!


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Mark Tweedale

Mark writes Haunted Trails, The Harrow County Observer, The Damned Speakeasy, and a bunch of stuff for Mignolaversity. An animator and an eternal Tintin fan, he spends his free time reading comics, listening to film scores, watching far too many video essays, and consuming the finest dark chocolates. You can find him on Twitter @MarkTweedale.

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