SWORD OF HYPERBOREA #1/ Script by MIKE MIGNOLA & ROB WILLIAMS/ Art by LAURENCE CAMPBELL/ Color Art by QUINTON WINTER/ Letters by CLEM ROBINS/ Published by DARK HORSE COMICS
Since the dawn of time, the Sword of Hyperborea has passed from hand to hand, warrior to warrior, emerging in the most unlikely of places to face the enemies of Mankind. Now wielded by BPRD agent Ted Howards, it is destined to pass on yet again, and emerge at Ragna Rok and the end of the world. Now the full tale of the sword can be told and the days of high adventure from whence it first came!
It should go without saying that Sword of Hyperborea will be best enjoyed by Hellboy fans. The script by Mike Mignola and Rob Williams offers little in the way of introduction, presuming the reader will already be well-familiar with the titular sword and the BPRD. Thankfully, the story is engaging enough that those sword and sorcery fans like myself who are not up-to-date on the recent BRPD comics will not be disappointed or lost.
The artwork by long-time Mignolaverse contributor Laurence Campbell nails the aesthetic that Mike Mignola established years ago. Campbell’s style is more detail-driven than Mignola’s, but their use of shadow is similar enough to seem familiar while remaining distinctive. The colors by Quinton Winter are well-chosen throughout, with rich reds and bold blues predominant and contrasting with the muted grays used for the inhuman monstrosities.
While Hellboy enthusiasts will get the most out of Sword of Hyperborea #1, it will also hold broad appeal for fans of the Cthulhu mythos and Conan the Barbarian. The artwork is uniformly excellent and brings out the primal nature of the story. This book is a true ripping yarn and a must-read for all pulp fans.
Sword of Hyperborea #1 releases on January 12, 2022.