Mike Mignola is far from finished with his most famous creation, Hellboy. However, the next story will be a previously unexplored chapter of Hellboy’s past. Dark Horse Comics has announced a new four-issue miniseries called Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land. Mignola will co-write the series with Tom Sniegoski, with artist Craig Rousseau, colorist Dave Stewart, and Clem Robins. Mignola and Stewart did the cover for the first issue. Subsequent issues will have variant covers by Rachele Aragno, Wylie Beckert, and Anthony Carpenter.
As the title implies, the story takes place when Hellboy was literally still a boy. Hellboy and his adoptive father, Professor Bruttenholm, will find themselves marooned on an island after a long journey. “They soon find themselves confronted by all manner of monsters, and even when the stranger who rescues them turns out to be one of Hellboy’s heroes, they aren’t as safe as they think they are.”
“Awhile back (when you could still do such things) I was at a convention in Boston and ducked out for lunch with Tom Sniegoski,” said Mignola in a statement. “Years earlier we co-wrote a more-than-slightly insane novel together, Grim Death and Joe the Electrocuted Criminal, and I brought up the idea of the maybe slightly insane globetrotting adventures of a very young Hellboy. Tom’s eyes lit up, as I kind of knew they would. So there was half the battle won, but we would need a special kind of artist to bring Tom’s madman energy to the page—and artist Craig Rousseau just happens to be that artist. And Craig just happened to be at that same convention, and when I told him the idea his eyes lit up just the way Tom’s had. It was almost too easy, and I’m happy to say the results are everything I could have hoped for.”
Young Hellboy: The Hidden Land #1 will hit comic stores on February 17, 2021.
Recommended Reading: Hellboy Omnibus Volume 3: The Wild Hunt