Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor

This one-shot was surprisingly potent. It’s the first time Mike Mignola has written something with someone other than Christopher Golden in a short while. Chris Roberson certainly brings a dynamic that’s fresh and helps build a lot out of very little.

Last month, I momentarily thought I was going to get a new Jeff Lemire series that wasn’t related to Black Hammer. I love every moment we get in the world of Black Hammer, but I also like to dip into creators’ heads in different ways, as well. I loved, loved, loved Gideon Falls. So, when I saw Mazebook pop up, I was really excited to read it. My excitement has been appeased.

Now with two Unbelievable Unteens, their memories retrieved, they set off to find their old team members. Along the way, we find memory breadcrumbs of how the team lost their own memories and were given normal lives.

Four issues ago, Death lost her job because someone (Darius Shah) was being born that would make her job pointless; this baby would grow up to end death. So, Death was given human form in Laila Star, and over the past four issues, we’ve seen Laila live, only to die while watching this baby grow to adulthood—always missing her chance to try and stop him before dying again.

In Black Hammer: Reborn #3, Lucy Weber’s personal life continues to crumble while something ominous builds around - or perhaps returns to - Spiral City.

Will she make it? We already know what the answer is. We’ve already seen her present tense. The question is, what will she lose or gain by making it? What part of Erica does she leave behind to become Erica Slaughter?

Part of me wonders how long Mike Mignola will continue with Hellboy. Not that I’ll ever get tired of it, because I won’t, but I wonder why the stories continue to be teased out like this. I can understand a strategic desire to keep the IP in the public eye for film and TV purposes, and it most likely still makes money, but I can’t believe that either of those are the sole reason. I don’t think creators like Golden and Stewart, O’Brien, and Robins - some of the best in the business - would keep coming back if it was just for the money. This is a collection of incredible storytellers that Mignola and Mike Richardson have brought together; part of the Hellboy family.

Before reviewing this comic, I didn't realize that it took place in the world of Black Hammer. I actually thought to myself, ah, a Jeff Lemire book that’s not Black Hammer. The refreshing part of this is that, so far, it doesn’t connect back to our main heroes of Spiral City, but only deals with thematic similarity.

I love Cthulu and the madness-drenched horror that’s spilled down from H.P. Lovecraft.  Add a Nazi twist, along with elements of a romantic adventure, and you've got The Secret Land.

I’ve been following Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s expanded Outerverse series with interest and curiosity. Where is all of this going? I wonder. A slew of new characters are being introduced, some known characters are being brought back, and all of the stories tend to follow a certain map: Ur-witches show up and cause mischief and our heroes bat them away. Even more than Hellboy, this feels like an ongoing serial which makes sense since most of it takes place during WWII. Even the title feels like a 1940s/50s serial.

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