The continuing plight of Red in Hell is back with a bang as Mike Mignola writes and draws his signature character with all the panache we have come to expect. For those new to the series there is no “Last Time On” instead the issue hits the ground running with a rather unnerving image of an emaciated skull. The first page feels like home in its art and colours but when you flick over you get a collection of images that allow colourist Dave Stewart to show his considerable talent as the more customary darker tones are replaced with an eerie green veil that covers the pages. Later the issue does go back to a more familiar colour pallet but the dexterity of Stewart really is a highlight of this issue.
In story terms Hellboy is sick and needs to find a cure for whatever it is he has. His search leads him into contact with an array of characters that all feel lovingly crafted by the artistic team. This opening issue for The Hounds of Pluto has a hook that should be able to catch new and old readers alike.
Review Originally appeared in 5 Singles and a Trade for August 26th 2015