Sunday, 6 January 2013

Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels

Mike Mignola & Ben Steinbeck 
Dark Horse

Mike Mignola teams up with artist Ben Stenbeck (B.P.R.D.: The Ectoplasmic Man) for a look into one of the Hellboy universe's greatest enigmas: nineteenth-century occult investigator Edward Grey! In one of Grey's first cases as an agent of the queen, he goes from the sparkling echelons of Victorian London to its dark underbelly, facing occult conspiracies, a rampaging monster, and the city's most infamous secret society: The Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra.

At this point I've not read much Hellboy, one GN, two BPRD GNs and a novel, but the ones I had read I really dug, Sure it gets a bit Lovecraft in places but I can forgive that if the rest is up to scratch. Witchfinder is a spin-off featuring Victorian occult detective to the Queen Sir Edward Grey.

The story deals with Grey investigating a series of deaths that are linked with a bag of bones found on an archaeological expedition. The investigation leads Grey and his new found friends through a deliciously grimy and inhospitable London full of violent and raggedy people and strange occultist and religious groups. The story's competent enough for an evenings read, I think I'm always going to prefer Mignola as an artist as opposed to as a writer.

The art by Steinbeck is very nice when it comes to scenery but he seems to struggle occasionally with the people, I do mean occasionally though.

In all it was all good outlandish fun. Lovecraft as re-imagined by Hammer studios.

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