Hellboy Fights Demons in New One-Shot ‘Her Fatal Hour’

Can Hellboy defeat a demon before he claims his unholy bride? Find out in Hellboy and the B.R.P.D.: Her Fatal Hour and The Sending!

Mike Mignola is back on the hunt with his perennial pugilist Hellboy in the newest offering from the world where things go bump in the night, Hellboy and the B.R.P.D.: Her Fatal Hour and The Sending. The new one-shot features tales of the wielder of the right hand of doom that recount his adventures before the main series. Taking place in the far-flung decade of 1979, Her Fatal Hour is set to pick up a few loose ends from previous adventures found in Hellboy and the B.R.P.D., and tells the story of Hellboy’s battle with a true demon from Hell following his mysterious transportation to Romania.

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Adrift in a world benighted by all manner of demons, monsters, and sorcerers, Hellboy and the B.R.P.D. chronicles the adolescence of the demon hero throughout the 20th century, having begun in the early ‘50s when he was just a lad. This newest one-shot is in many ways a follow-up to the previous one-shot released in 2019 entitled The Beast of Vargu, which saw Hellboy in battle against a resurrected murderer from the 14th century who took the form of a giant beast of hell. That story, set in 1962, features Hellboy losing this fight quite handily, being viciously mauled and left for dead by the murderous creature only to later be rescued by a pair of traveling Roma, an old woman, Violca and her daughter Nadya. The story then takes a turn towards the mystical, as the old woman constructs a wooden puppet painted with Hellboy’s blood that engages with a similar puppet-beast in a fantastic show that depicts an alternate battle where Hellboy winds up victorious. Hellboy then returns to the castle to find that the past has been seemingly changed and the creature lies dead at his hand in the same manner as depicted in the puppet show.

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In this Screen Rant exclusive preview, Hellboy, suffering nightmares from his encounter 17 years previous, finds himself magically transposed with his Roma puppet. He wakes up in the back of a traveling cart bedecked with wooden marionettes – some familiar and some unknown – in the company of Nadya. Claiming that H.B. owes her a debt after her mother saved his life in the previous story, Nadya leads the demonic monster hunter on a quest to break the hold a demon of Hell has upon her, the result of a previous romance gone sour.

Hellboy and the B.R.P.D. have gone to great lengths in previous tales to fill in the formative years of the big red bruiser in classic, big battle style while adhering to the horror/mystery underpinnings of the character that have made him such an engaging figure in the modern comics-scape. Hellboy’s last foray to the Carpathian countryside left him bloodied, broken and near death, but perhaps a few years of experience under his belt might serve to even the odds against the dark forces which beset the region. But the question remains, what is Nadya’s goal, and why has she summoned Hellboy to accomplish it?

Find out in the one-shot Hellboy and the B.R.P.D.: Her Fatal Hour and The Sending, written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, illustrated by Trevor Trevallion, and colored by Dave Stewart, available December 2 from Dark Horse Comics.

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Updated: November 23, 2020 — 5:00 pm

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