Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever #1

Witchfinder Lost and Gone Forever #1 cover

I wasn’t familiar with this character or the previous five-issue miniseries, In the Service of Angels, but once I saw the gorgeous John Severin art, I was hooked.

It seems that this was the first Sir Edward Grey series Arcudi and Mignola came up with, but he didn’t want to start with a Western to introduce a Victorian occult detective. Shame. I think the cultural contrast works well, especially once Grey starts getting taken down a peg or two by a native. This issue introduces the character and setting, setup for the four more to follow.

The title itself starts things off beautifully, by evoking My Darling Clementine and the mythology of the Old West. The setup is typical for the Hellboy universe — a mysterious happening, in this case, the burned ruins of a church and the disappearance of the people inside; plenty of fights, which become shootouts in this setting; and visually bizarre monsters — but it’s the astounding Severin work that kept me engrossed in the pages. I don’t really care what’s going on so long as he’s drawing landscapes like this, from the first art page.

Witchfinder panel from page 1

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