The second issue of this series has left me even more captivated than the first. In this issue, we get to see the Visitor observe Hellboy. We also get to see more of the Visitor’s character as he creates a life for himself.
The Visitor is the focus of this issue more than Hellboy. Mignola and Roberson show us quite a bit about his character and view of humanity. Even though humanity isn’t all too great, he decides to make a life for himself—wife and all—as he watches Hellboy grow into the kind of man he hoped he would be. But not only does the Visitor watch Hellboy, he also watches humanity as a whole. This issue ends on a darker note, however, and I feel like next issue we might get a taste of the alien life and the Visitor’s history—at least I hope so.
Mignola’s cryptic storytelling and Roberson’s effective dialogue dance perfectly together to create one Hell of an entertaining story. The Visitor’s dialogue is very matter-of-fact. He doesn’t beat around the bush, and that’s something I can actually respect. At the same time, this character doesn’t say anything more than the bare minimum of what he needs to. We can still tell that he is one heck of an outsider, though, when he talks to his wife in what she calls, “alien jibberjabber.” It’ll be interesting to see how his “normal” or “human” life pans out.
Grist’s illustrations are really simple, and greatly resemble Mignola’s German Expressionist style, but with a little bit less detail. The line work is thick but really neat. It’s also really clever how Grist gives every character a really emotive face except the Visitor. He maintains the same expression during the vast majority of the issue. There is a great deal of movement in this issue, and transitions from panel to panel are done flawlessly.
This issue seems like more of setup for the third issue. More than anything, we just learn a little more about how the Visitor has gotten acclimated to life on Earth. I get the feeling we’ll explore his past a little more, so now is definitely the time to start really reading this series if you haven’t already started! Head to your local comic shop and pick up a copy!
Written by: Mike Mignola & Chris Roberson
Illustrated by: Paul Grist