Originally announced by RBMedia, GraphicAudio announced a new Hellboy Universe audiobook series created by horror and fantasy author Christopher Golden (Baltimore). The first of this three-part series will be released this July and is promised to involve some degree of high production value. As the standards of quality for comics to audio projects have exploded these recent years (just look at Audible’s Sandman).
Each episode promises not only a wide cast of actors but also, the inclusion of special sound effects along with cinematic music. To give the audience a feeling of full immersion. Likewise, the first episode of the series, titled ‘Hellboy: A Plague of Wasps’ is a direct adaptation of Mike Mignola’s legendary run and promises to pickup from the Helboy in Love comics. If that weren’t enough, special cover art by both Mignola and colorist Dave Stewart for every episode of the series.
“Having written Hellboy comics and novels and co-written the screenplay for the upcoming Hellboy: The Crooked Man film, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to experiment with original audiobooks,” Golden said in a most recent press release. “The audiobooks form a trilogy that picks up key story threads from the comics that Hellboy fans won’t want to miss, while providing an exciting jumping-on point for casual fans and introducing a brand new character who will eventually appear in the comics.”
The first three original Hellboy audiobooks include:
Hellboy: A Plague of Wasps. Things turn strange and dangerous when Hellboy accompanies his girlfriend, Anastasia Bransfield, on a trip to Brazil. They venture into the rainforest to stop an evil force from spreading. This first audiobook in the series will be available on July 31, 2023 wherever audiobooks are sold.
Lobster Johnson: The Proteus Club. Set in 1933, reporter Cynthia Tynan finds herself drawn into the mystery surrounding the disappearance of several prominent New Yorkers and seeks the aid of Hellboy’s childhood hero the Lobster. They must confront German spies, religious lunatics, and monstrously transformed people who have been subjected to hideous experimentation. The Lobster Johnson audiobook will debut in October.
Hellboy and the BPRD: The Goddess of Manhattan. Hellboy, Liz Sherman, and Abe Sapien are drawn into a bizarre case linked both to Hellboy’s adventure with Anastasia in Brazil and to Lobster Johnson. Co-authored by Young Hellboy writer Thomas E. Sniegoski, the third audiobook in the series will be released in November.
GraphicAudio’s Creative Director and voice talent, Scott McCormick said, “When I started working at GraphicAudio, I wanted us to get the rights to one property: Hellboy. Now, not only do I get to direct a Hellboy adventure, but I also get to direct three all-new, original stories. Bonus: I get to play Hellboy—and not just any Hellboy, but Hellboy in love. Dreams do come true.”
— Mike Mignola (@artofmmignola) June 26, 2023