Following the reveal of a Witchfinder spin-off, Dark Horse’s Hellboy universe expands just a bit further on Monday with the announcement of Hellboy & the BPRD: Long Night at Goloski. It’s a one-shot from series creator Mike Mignola, artist Matt Smith and colorist Dave Stewart, per an exclusive from Daily Dead.
This upcoming story, according to Mignola, takes a much different approach than others under the Hellboy banner. Though it takes place at a Russian gas station, Mignola took inspiration from several Westerns to write this script. Although it begans as “two guys killing time waiting for something to happen,” it eventually becomes a battle between three demons, all with their eyes set on Hellboy.
To draw this unique story, Mignola tapped an artist totally new to the Hellboy title, Matt Smith. He’s known as the creator of the Norse mythology inspired Barbarian Lord, from Clarion Books as well as the Nathan Fairbairn written, medieval/sci-fi comic Lake of Fire, from Image. Having been heavily inspired by Mignola, Smith gives a quote on the experience of working with him on Hellboy & the BPRD: Long Night at Goloski Station.
“I remember two things very clearly at the start of this book,” said Matt Smith. “First was getting the initial message and wondering who was playing a joke on me, as it couldn’t actually be from the guy who inspired me to draw my own comics. Second was reading the script for the first time knowing I was getting to draw this particular story. It’s a great one. Working on Hellboy couldn’t have been a better experience. Both Mike, and Katii and Jenny, the editors, have been completely welcoming and incredibly generous with their time and input throughout. I can’t wait to see those Dave Stewart colors and this story on the shelves.”
He makes a similar, more succinct, comment on his Twitter page.
— Matt Smith (@BarbarianLord) July 15, 2019
Little did Smith know, Mignola had wanted to work with him for quite awhile. He says in a press release that “I’ve loved his work since I discovered it all those years ago on his Barbarian Lord comic. I was thrilled that he wanted to draw this story. It’s his first Hellboy and hope it won’t be his last.”
Hellboy & the BPRD: Long Night at Goloski Station hits comic shops on October 30, 2019, along with Matt Smith’s first iteration of the character and Mignola’s take on a Western set in Russia.