6:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Hellboy' Spinoff Comic to Uncover Rasputin's Backstory (Exclusive)
Russia's infamous Mad Monk was integral in bringing Hellboy to Earth, in the mythology behind Mike Mignola's beloved comic book character. Now, after decades, the story of just how the presumed-dead Rasputin got involved with the Nazis in the first place is about to be revealed — and Heat Vision has an exclusive look at the first issue of the upcoming Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon series.
"In the waning days of WWII, a group of Nazi occultists led by the infamous Rasputin performed an arcane ritual to call up a demon from hell, intending to use it to defeat the Allied forces," Chris Roberson, who co-writes the series with Mike Mignola, tells Heat Vision. "When the demon arrived, though, it was adopted by an English occult investigator, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, who named him Hellboy. But how did Rasputin, a Russian mystic who the world believed to be dead for years, come to command such a position of authority in the Nazi leadership, and did Bruttenholm and the Allies ever suspect that he was the one pulling the strings behind the scenes?"
These questions, "and more," Roberson promises, will be explored in the pages of the Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon series. The artist for the series is Christopher Mitten, whose work has previously appeared in the Hellboy Winter Special and Rise of the Black Flame miniseries, both written by Roberson, in addition to books from Image Comics, DC Entertainment and Oni Press.
The series will launch with a first issue available digitally and in comic book stores Nov. 29. For those wondering what to expect, read on for a sneak peek of the opening pages of that debut issue.