A lot of people love a great ghost story. Once you add the “Hellboy” universe into the mix that ghost story becomes true. Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes created a one shot about a real ghosts called “Helboy and the B.P.R.D: The Seven Wives Club.”
After a ghost haunt that goes wrong, Hellboy and Raskin investigate a house where a man back in the 1920s got seven women around town together, locked them in a room, set the house on fire and hanged himself. One of the strangest additions to the investigation is the son of one of the women joins them.
It’s a “Hellboy” one shot where Hellboy goes to one location and fights a supernatural being. There isn’t anything wrong with that. Sometimes people need mindless junk in between complicated storylines. This is one of the better ones because, just like what Hellboy says in the comic, “That’s what I hate about ghosts: you never really know what the hell is going on.” It’s nice to see Hellboy deal with something that he can’t figure out why they’re doing the thing they’re doing. Another positive is the way Hellboy deals with the ghosts of the seven wives is pretty clever.
The art in this comic is one of the best in in the series. The character design look great and the use of shadows and the dark bring out the ghost story in this comic. Even the design of the ghosts is amazing. The only real downside is the man, both his design and character, are forgettable.
“Helboy and the B.P.R.D: The Seven Wives Club” may just be like eating something at a fast food joint, but once in a while it’s nice to have something that’s not complicated. The background of the house is nice and the comic does deliver on the fun. The art is great despite one forgettable character design.