First Look: Review of @DarkHorseComics Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 by Mike Mignola

First Look: Review of Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 by Mike Mignola
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Sir Edward Grey. You history buffs might know who he is: A 20th century British liberal statesman, foreign secretary, ambassador to the United States, and baronet.

First Look: Review of Witchfinder: City of the Dead #1 by Mike MignolaBut, of course, that’s just one of the Sir Edward Grey’s who played a part in history. He was a prominent figure, out in public and known by many. But the other Sir Edward Grey? The one from the 19th century? He spent his time hunting werewolves and staking vampires in the heart.

A 19th century paranormal investigator and occult advisor to the queen, Sir Edward Grey is part of the Hellboy universe. Dark Horse is giving him his own 5 part miniseries titled Witchfinder: City of the Dead. A Victorian-era horror comic book, this story is written by Mike Migola (Hellboy).

Odd events are taking place in London. Graves are found empty, but the caretakers are denying any robberies. When a corpse wakes up and attempts to walk out of the hospital, the doctors know exactly who to summon: Sir Edward Grey, a man who keeps silver bullets in his pistol and has come up against and conquered many supernatural creatures.

He thinks that voodoo is the reason behind the rising of the dead and beings to investigate. But, when the Heliopic brotherhood of Ra, an occult that has caused the death of many of his friends, approaches Sir Edward Grey, he suspects that something larger is at play. It’s up to him to find out what it is and put a stop to it before London is overrun with the living dead.

I was a bit hesitant going into this series: I do not like horror, unless it’s the old, 1930’s black-and-white Frankenstein style of horror. I was pleased to see that this first issue seemed to fit the bill.

The characters were all charming Victorian people: proper and sophisticated. Just a slight twist: some of them, Sir Edward Grey in particular, are well-versed in the proper way to dispatch zombies, vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures.

This version of history was well executed and quite fun to read. Mignola’s world was rich and intriguing and I’m definitely interested to see more of it. Ben Stenbeck, the artist, did a good job of matching the mood of the story. His drawings were very drab and serious looking, using mostly blacks and browns and greys. It really added to the Victorian horror story vibe.

preview pageThe end was a bit of a cliffhanger, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next. It will officially be on shelf August 31st, 2016.

If you are a fan of Victorian-era occult detective stories, then this comic is for you. Do you think you will read this story? Have you read the original 2010 volume: Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels? Please tell me what you thought!

This comic book was supplied to Constant Collectible by Dark Horse in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 

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