The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of KOSHCHEI THE DEATHLESS #1 from Dark Horse Comics. Mike Mignola writes, Ben Stenbeck draws, Dave Stewart colors, and Clem Robins letters.

In Hell, Hellboy meets up with an old enemy, a warrior who worked for the Baba Yaga for a time years ago. Both have mellowed toward each other with age, or at least respect each other as warriors now. Red asks Koshchei how he came into the service of the old hag, and the story takes them back to Koshchei’s humble beginnings and many of the dark choices he’s made over many lifetimes.

Koshchei’s story is a long and unhappy one, which is fitting for the setting where it’s being told. He’s a fascinating character, one who has lived long enough to have learned to reflect on his own choices and see how questionable they have been. This is a story with both adventure and meaning, sometimes tricky to pull off together, and the art is top notch – I especially like watching the eyes of the characters.

Hellboy may be semi-retired now that he rules Hell, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some wonderful stories still to be told in this world. This is a beautiful book, with or without Hellboy.

KOSHCHEI THE DEATHLESS #1 is available now from your local comic shop, or online at darkhorse.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )