In 2017, one of the strangest and most unexpected mysteries of the Hellboy world will be revealed in an all new comic book series from Dark Horse Comics.
InÂ The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed, legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, iZombie co-creator Chris Roberson and Jack Staff creator Paul Grist will spotlight mysterious aliens and probe into a pivotal moment in Hellboyâ€™s past for a surprising tale that harkens back to the character's first ever appearance. This 5 issue comic book series will be teased in a story in the forthcomingÂ Hellboy: Winter Special 2017Â on January 25th, before the first issue of The Visitor: How and Why He StayedÂ debuts on February 22, 2017
"InÂ Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, readers were given a brief glimpse of a crew of strange looking aliens monitoring the supernatural doings on Earth from way out in space. We later learned that one of those aliens had been sent to Earth to kill him in 1944, but chose to spare him at the last moment,â€ť said Chris Roberson. â€śInÂ The Visitor, we explore who those aliens are, why that assassin was sent to kill Hellboy, and just what he was doing in all of the years in between."
Joining co-writers Mignola and Roberson, and colorist Bill Crabtree, is cartoonist Paul Grist who will be making his Mignolaverse debut.
â€śI remember when I first readÂ Hellboy: The Conqueror Worm,â€ť said Grist. â€śHalfway through Mike Mignola throws in this character who has been tracking Hellboy ever since he arrived on Earth, who then promptly dies and is dismissed by Hellboy in a single sentence. And I thought NO! You can't do that! There has to be more to this guyâ€™s life than that! And it turns out there was. And I'd like to thank Mike for asking me to help tell that story now.â€ť
â€śThe VisitorÂ is the story of a stranger in a strange land,â€ť Roberson added. â€śStranded on Earth for more than half a century, an alien assassin observes humanityâ€™s capacity both for compassion and for destruction. We see history unfold through his eyes, just as the experience of living among humans changes who he is.â€ť
Dark Horse Comics will publish the first issue ofÂ The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed, the most mysterious Hellboy spinoff yet, on February 22, 2017.
View a teaser trailer forÂ The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed: