Title: Koshchei the Deathless
Author: Mike Mignola
Illustrators: Ben Stenbeck, Dave Stewart, Clem robins
Series: Koshchei the Deathless #1-6
Koshchei the Deathless was sent by Baba Yaga to kill Hellboy in Darkness Calls. He was defeated and now resides in hell. Hellboy found him in Hell and over some drinks, finally got his full backstory.
Koshchei’s story was very interesting. It was filled with dragons, magic, death, and of course Baba Yaga’s trickery. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did but it was very good. While I didn’t really connect with Koschchei when he tried to kill Hellboy, I did really enjoy his story.
I think the best part of this story is the fact that it is Koshchei retelling it over drinks with Hellboy. I love the thought that Hellboy would hang out in bars with his past enemies and get their stories. It is a pretty great through and I wish more of these backstories started over drinks.
Overall, this was a good backstory for one of Hellboy’s enemies. I enjoyed Ben Stenbeck and Dave Stewart’s illustrations and color work in this one.