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Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., Vol. 5: 1956

(Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #5)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Follow Hellboy's adventures with the B.P.R.D. before Seed of Destruction!

Pressure is mounting within the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense to uncover the Soviets' secret plans for recovered Nazi occult weapons. But a suspicious cover-up leads one agent off the radar in search of answers. meanwhile, demonic Soviet occult leader Varvara pushes her team to follow her
Paperback, 168 pages
Published September 4th 2019 by Dark Horse Books
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Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
There's not really a complete story here. It's more about what was going on at the BPRD while Hellboy was down in Mexico being a Luchadore. It's really a prequel to the original BPRD series, setting up things with the Colorado base and Varvara while Prof. Bruttenholm investigates the military. It's not bad per se, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who hasn't read the entire Hellboy run and previous BPRD series already. ...more
This is not a bad story. But I really am not enjoying this spy stuff. It is just awkardly written. Professor Bruttenhom is an idiot, he left his home country for American but now he is abandoning his job at the B.P.R.D. to run his off the books spy ring. The people he left behind to run the B.P.R.D. are kind of fish out of water trying to run the place without him and it is painful to watch. The only reason they survive this mess is the evil Russian Porcelain doll of a cute precocious Child save ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
While Hellboy gets drunk and makes a wrestling movie in Mexico..changes within the BPRD.
Orrin Grey
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, mignola
Especially given the prominent placement of Hellboy on the cover, I wasn't expecting this one to focus so much on what was going on at the Bureau while Hellboy was on his "lost weekend" in Mexico, though it was probably a good call. The rotating roster of artists threw me for a while, but I got used to it before the end. ...more
Wow, Dark Horse & Team Hellboy do it again! Another home run, knocked out of the ballpark. Another TKO! I don’t think any group of people working on a shared universe style of comic book, book series, TV & film franchise or whatever medium you want to compare this with have been able to deliver so consistently a high level of entertainment quality ... EVER! Just when I think they can’t possible maintain this quality for another volume, they do. Suspense, action, drama, intrigue, mystery, espiona ...more
David Wilson
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
B.P.R.D. is losing steam.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This wasn't bad, but you really have to be a Hellboy fan to appreciate it. The story basically fills in some of the gaps of what was happening to everyone else during Hellboy's Mexican adventure. As such, Big Red is hardly even present in his own story. One thing I did like was that each separate story thread had its own artist. I guess Michael Avon Oeming has done Hellboy/BPRD work before, but I must have missed it, because I was thinking his style is a natural fit. He tackles the thread dealin ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This volume didn't get interesting until around the middle of chapter four. It's become quite clear they are going to drag this storyline out for as long as they can and I couldn't care less. I'm not a fan of the espionage stuff, it just doesn't work here. I'm not sure if it's the writing or just that it's Hellboy and I want, I don't know... MORE Hellboy! I've liked some of the B.P.R.D. stuff in the past but if it's not Plague of Frogs or Hell on Earth more than likely it was a miss. B.P.R.D. 19 ...more
Óscar López
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Yet another weak addition to this series. This time around the focus is on B.P.R.D.'s office politics, Bruttenholm's dark secrets, Varvara and more details of Hellboy's drunken blur in Mexico.

Please stop the adventures in Mexico, that part of Hellboy's life has been told over and over again and is not that interesting to begin with! Also, it's quite discouraging that each issue is drawn by three different artists with very different styles, and not all of the same high quality as we would expect
Fraser Sherman
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I was wondering how they'd fit this volume into a year of Hellboy's life that's well documented. The answer, it turns out, is that while he's off adventuring and drinking in Mexico, Professor Bruttenholm begins investigating the international occult espionage he learned about the previous volume.
The spy stuff, and the different cast from later stories (Susan Xiang most notably) gives this series its own arc, separate from future adventures. I like that. However this volume is more of an installm
Sohan Surag
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shouldn't have had this under the Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. series since its more of the hiatus at the B.P.R.D HQ than about Hellboy or the B.P.R.D. agents themselves. But then again, there isnt any other series where they could have squeezed this in. Nonetheless this actually sheds light on the times when Hellboy had been 'missing in Mexico' and expands on the lives of Susan, Trevor, Varvara and Hellboy himself. Worth a read if youve been following BOTH Hellboy and B.P.R.D. and DO NOT pick this ...more
This one is plain and simple story filler. In the whole story of BPRD and conflict to save the world this TPB is good for showing how Varvara actually got sidelined in Russian BPRD counterpart organization.

For everything else we get little more insight into Hellboy trying to be more human (than suggested by his appearance) and what exactly happened on his AWOL trip to Mexico.

Art is good (as is case with this entire series) but story is just a filler.

Recommended to those who like to have complete
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This didn’t have very much Hellboy in it as this takes place during the same time as Hellboy is having his Mexican adventures (i.e. getting drunk and staying that way for like four months, but also fighting ghosts and vampires and becoming a luchador to fight Camazotz), so instead we got a lot of what the rest of the BPRD was getting up to at this time. The answer is a lot of clandestine shenanigans involving both the Soviet supernatural division under Varvara, and the American military.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

I quite liked this storyline and given my mixed reception of Hellboy spin-off novels, this is worthwhile. Mignola has a vast library of character's here and he ensures the storyline covers parts of the mythology.

Why the 3.5?

I think the rating is spot on and has balanced for a 3.5 overall. It's not great, but it's interesting. I wanted more in the end and as a long term fan of the series, it's interesting to find more background information.
Luke Shea
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I mean I'm never gonna hate a Hellboy. This one has some cute stuff, but didn't really grab me. Fun enough for me, but I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone who isn't already in deep on this world and has run out of hellboy proper.

Also I read this out of order by accident so... Benefit of the doubt I guess? Maybe I'll care more about the 50s bprd guys once I've read the ones I accidentally skipped.
Bill Coffin
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Not bad - the Hellboy and BPRD series offers an interesting back-catalog look at some of Hellboy’s earlier adventures. But this volume falls flat, feeling more like connective tissue that has to be done and gotten out of the way so we can get along to a more important story.
Wouter Dhondt
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
5 stars for the Ring of Death story. But the rest is very good as well.
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This volume seemed like a placeholder rather than a story, with the bulk of the drama coming from character angst.
Daniel Etherington
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.
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Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Really wanted to like this one but it was ALL over the place, without much detail in them and none of the story lines actually being engrossing except for the one featuring the little blonde girl. Not sure if it was just the content or my high expectations but this one left me feeling very frustrated. Even the ending sucked and I'm normally a lot more tolerant.

The Ring of Death short with Lobster Johnson really saved this from a lower rating. It was half in black and white but still a fun read.

Andres Pasten
Se esperaba más, se nota algo perdido a Mignola en esta historia.
A fine read, though thin as always with these spinoffs. Leaning into the spy element of this series was a good call, especially as we've seen Hellboy's trip to Mexico about 100 times by now. It was also very good to get so much focus on Margaret Laine. She's the closest thing Hellboy's ever had to a mother, but she's always been a pretty distant figure, both as a comic character and in relationship to Hellboy. I have to wonder how she'll be handled going forward, since Manning takes over from Br ...more
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Mike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn't remember why) and reading Dracula at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.

In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began wo

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