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    Mignolaversity: May 2020 Solicitations

    By | February 17th, 2020
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    Welcome to Mignolaversity, Multiversity Comics’ home for all things Mike Mignola. Dark Horse Comics just sent us Mignola’s May 2020 solicitations featuring covers from Ben Stenbeck, Sebastián Fiumara, Geof Darrow, Julián Totino Tedesco, Tiernen Trevallion, P. Craig Russell, David Mack, with an exclusive look at the covers for “Frankenstein Undone” #5 and “The Last Knight of St. Hagan” #2. Check ’em out below.

    This piece has been updated to include a previously missing cover by Mike Mignola.


    Written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
    Illustrated by Andrea Mutti
    Colored by Lee Loughridge
    Lettered by Clem Robins

    On sale May 13
    FC, 32 pages

    The haunted are given life, but tasked with atonement.

    Possessed by the will of St. Hagan, a Polish spy struggles to find his way in the growing WWII conflict. Returning to the scene of his apparent death, the spy learns of the mystical crusader knight St. Hagan—and the plans he seems to have for the spy.

    Mark Tweedale: I’m not going to have much to say about this miniseries until I actually start reading it. In a lot of ways, it seems like this is going to be something really different.


    Variant cover by Mike Mignola

    Written by Mike Mignola
    Illustrated by Tiernen Trevallion
    Colored by Dave Stewart
    Lettered by Clem Robins

    On sale May 20
    FC, 32 pages

    Gone, but not forgotten!

    Years after Hellboy’s ill-fated tangle with the Beast of Vargu, the Romani women who helped him need that debt repaid. Claimed by a demon in a romance gone wrong, the younger woman reaches out to Hellboy through the power of a familiar old puppet, and a supernatural confrontation full of magic and mayhem ensues! In a second short story, Hellboy goes head to head with a phantom who is looking for an object completely unknown to the living people the ghost is terrorizing.

    Master of horror Mike Mignola is joined by artist extraordinaire Tiernen Trevallion and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart to bring you the follow-up to smash Hellboy hit “The Beast of Vargu”!

    Mark: You’ve probably already seen this one from its announcement on Thursday at The Beat. I’ve often noted how much I enjoy the “Hellboy” short stories, and while the “Hellboy Winter Special” issues scratch that itch to a degree, they only comes along once a year. Fortunately, “Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.” seems to be comfortable doing shorter stories too. It happened with the Ben Stenbeck shorts in ‘1953,’ and last year’s one-shot ‘The Beast of Vargu.’ Whenever Mike Mignola gets more hands-on with a series, it seems short stories inevitably follow.

    I’m not familiar with Tiernen Trevallion’s work (I assume the Multiver-City One folks just gasped in horror), but a quick google makes it pretty clear he’s an excellent match for the Hellboy Universe. With this new issue coming out in May, we’ll also have enough uncollected stories for a new “Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.” trade paperback, which I’m guessing should come out around September or October this year. I’ll keep an ear to the ground for any news on that front.

    NORSE MYTHOLOGY #1 (of 18)

    Variant cover by David Mack

    Written by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
    Illustrated by Mike Mignola, P. Craig Russell, and Jerry Ordway
    Colored by Dave Stewart and Lovern Kindzierski
    Lettered by Galen Showman

    On sale May 27
    FC, 32 pages

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and Eisner Award–winning comics legend P. Craig Russell breathe new life into the ancient Norse stories by taking readers through the creation of the Nine Worlds to the epic origin and adventures of Thor, Odin, and Loki all the way to the end of life—Ragnarök.

    Having previously written about deities in American Gods and The Sandman, Gaiman teams with Russell to finally bring readers to follow the northern gods in their own setting in this comic book adaptation of the hit novel!

    Continued below

    Mark: This is something you don’t see every day. Mike Mignola’s been doing his own thing for so long, it’s extremely rare to see him do interiors for someone else’s properties. But, if it was going to be anything, “Norse Mythology” makes the most sense. This is something I’d be excited about regardless of Mike Mignola’s involvement. This whole project seems pretty spectacular, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what P. Craig Russell does with it.


    Variant cover by Geof Darrow with Dave Stewart

    Written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
    Illustrated by Ben Stenbeck
    Colored by Brennan Wagner
    Lettered by Clem Robins

    On sale May 27
    FC, 32 pages

    This time, the undead may truly come undone.

    Just as Frankenstein begins to feel a sense of camaraderie with his companions, a dark force reveals itself and threatens to consume them. Demmings’ dark mask enacts its deadly plan, and all that stands between humanity and the darkness he wished for so long is Frankenstein!

    Mark: So, last month I didn’t mention Sir Edward’s mask being on the cover of issue #4. The solicit here mentions “Demmings’ dark mask,” which begs at least a couple of questions. Is Demmings’ mask the same mask Sir Edward wears? Is there more than one? Potentially, we’ve already seen the mask in the first issue (although it’s hard to be sure. . . it was very tiny). I expect this series may have more than a few connections to “Witchfinder.” Speaking of which. . .


    Written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson
    Illustrated by Christopher Mitten
    Colored by Michelle Madsen
    Lettered by Clem Robins

    On sale July 22
    FC, 144 pages
    Trade paperback, 7″ x 10″

    Sir Edward Grey takes on Victorian London’s most infamous killer: Jack the Ripper! Abandoned by Scotland Yard when he insists on an occult purpose to the murders, Grey finds an ally in American occult adventurer Sarah Jewell. Their investigation leads them to the Proserpine Home for Wayward Women, and a dangerous conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of British political power!

    Collects Witchfinder: Reign of Darkness #1–#5 and bonus material.

    Mark: I’m genuinely curious if this is going to be that last “Witchfinder” book. It’s certainly the end of an era, and the next era of Sir Edward Grey’s tales is probably going to take place in a different title. I’m still betting on “The Tales of the Silver Lantern Club.”

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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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