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By | February 22nd, 2021
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Welcome to Mignolaversity, Multiversity Comics’ home for all things Mike Mignola. May’s another packed month for Mike Mignola’s books with a brand new series joining the Hellboy Universe roster, one I’ve been wanting for a while. So let’s check out what’s ahead.

THE HOUSE OF LOST HORIZONS:
A SARAH JEWELL MYSTERY #1
(of 5)

Written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson
Illustrated by Leila del Duca
Colored by Michelle Madsen
Lettered by Clem Robins

On sale May 12, 2021
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

A locked-room murder mystery puzzles paranormal detective Sarah Jewell and her associate Marie-Thérèse when a weekend trip on a private island off the coast of Washington goes astray. Trapped by a storm and surrounded by myriad suspects who have gathered for an auction of occult items, the intrepid duo must unravel the supernatural mysteries surrounding the guests in hopes of uncovering the murderer! But all the while, bodies keep piling up, and at any moment Sarah or Marie-Thérèse could be next!

Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson return to the world of Hellboy, accompanied by artist Leila del Duca and colorist Michelle Madsen.

Investigator Sarah Jewell (Rise of the Black Flame, Witchfinder: The Reign of Darkness) gets her own series in this murder mystery with an occult twist.

Mark Tweedale: I’ve wanted this series since we met Sarah Jewell and Marie-Thérèse LaFleur in 2016’s “Rise of the Black Flame”. By the time we got the short story, ‘The Longest Night,’ in the “Hellboy Winter Special (2019),” it was pretty clear there was something in the works. . . but then the pandemic hit pushing the title from its original 2020 release to May 2021.

Even setting all that aside, this just sounds like fun. The announcement on Flickering Myth described the upcoming miniseries as a murder mystery set on a private island where an occult auction is being held. And wouldn’t you know it, everyone is trapped on the island by a storm.

As a someone that thoroughly enjoys Agatha Christie, this totally sounds like my jam. The premise already has me thinking of And Then There Were None.

YOUNG HELLBOY: THE HIDDEN LAND #4 (of 4)


Variant cover by Anthony Carpenter

Written by Mike Mignola and Tom Sniegoski
Illustrated by Craig Rousseau
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Clem Robins

On sale May 19, 2021
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

The vampire queen Vesperra has awakened! The ancient ape-god of the island has emerged from his avatar to fight her, but it may not be enough. Can Hellboy, Professor Bruttenholm, and their hosts survive long enough for the two adventurers to escape from the mysterious island they crashed on?

Young Hellboy, from Mike Mignola, Tom Sniegoski, artist Craig Rousseau, and colorist Dave Stewart comes to its exciting conclusion!

MT: As much as I’ve enjoyed the adventure (and Tintin references) of Matt Smith’s previous covers, this is the one that makes me most excited about the series. It promises a real emotional punch. What can I say? I like my comics with some sadness in them.

LADY BALTIMORE: THE WITCH QUEENS #3 (of 5)

Written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
Illustrated by Bridgit Connell
Colored by Michelle Madsen
Lettered by Clem Robins

On sale May 19, 2021
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Firelight witches attack Sofia’s plane and cause a devastating crash. Now Sofia and Imogen must race to meet up with the rest of the survivors before the Hexenkorps witches kill any survivors that may remain.

Join the original Baltimore writing team of Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden as they continue the horror legacy alongside the stunning art of Bridgit Connell!

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MT: Since no issues of this are out yet, there’s not a lot I can say here, except that I’m looking forward to readers meeting Imogen. . .

COJACARU THE SKINNER #2 (of 2)

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

On sale May 19, 2021
FC, 32 pages
$3.99
Miniseries

Called forth from beyond the grave to fight witches once again, Cojacaru the Skinner wreaks her havoc on the witches of the Hexenkorps. But with their evil buoyed by the violence of the Nazis and the supernatural presence of the Outer Dark, the ghostly warrior will have to depend on a ragtag group of white witches and resistance soldiers to back her up. It will prove to be a desperate fight indeed.

MT: If you haven’t already, I recommend revisting “Joe Golem: Occult Detective—The Conjurors,” which first introduced Crina Cojacaru. Even as a child, she was already a fascinating character. . .

HELLBOY UNIVERSE ESSENTIALS: HELLBOY

Written and illustrated by Mike Mignola
Colored by Dave Stewart, Matt Hollingsworth, and James Sinclair
Lettered by Pat Brusseau and Clem Robins

On sale July 7, 2021
Full color, 160 pages
$14.99
Paperback, 7″ x 10″

Take a bite of the Hellboy universe with the creator’s hand-picked essential stories in this new jumping-on point collection!

Confront the undead, swim to strange places, and encounter powerful fey in this introduction to the world of Hellboy. Newcomers to the series needn’t have read the original stories to jump right in and see what Hellboy is all about thanks to this collection of short stories, selected by Mike Mignola himself as the perfect introduction to his most famous comic book character!

Featuring stories and art by Mike Mignola, with colors by longtime collaborator Dave Stewart, curious fantasy, horror, and occult readers looking for a taste of something different will love this new gateway into the Hellboy universe.

Collects “essential” short stories from the world of Hellboy, as chosen by Mignola: The Chained Coffin, The Third Wish, Pancakes, The Nature of the Beast, The Corpse, The Baba Yaga, A Christmas Underground, The Ghoul, and The Troll Witch.

MT: The “Hellboy Universe Essentials” line is designed for those that want to dip their toe into this universe, but not jump into the deep end. I get why this line exists—after twenty-five years this universe can be pretty intimidating and for some, dipping their toes is enough. I think Mike Mignola has put together a story selection of stories here, with stories responding to or prompting the larger narrative carefully avoided.

B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH – VOMLUME 2
—PAPERBACK OMNIBUS EDITION

Written by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Scott Allie
Illustrated by Tyler Crook, Jason Latour, Max Fiumara, and James Harren
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Clem Robins

On sale July 21, 2021
Full color, 480 pages
$29.99
Paperback, 7″ x 10″

The ultimate collection of B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth continues in a new omnibus format!

America’s monster problem explodes, society crumbles, and Liz Sherman rejoins the fight, as Nazis seek to bring Rasputin back to finish what he started when he first conjured Hellboy! This new omnibus edition collects B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth volumes 4–6, plus a generous sketchbook section.

MT: I know a lot of readers have been impatient for these paperback omnibuses. Well, they’re on their way!


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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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