Immortal warrior Koshchei the Deathless would prefer to spend his time in hell reading and drinking. But of course, that’s not quite in the cards.
Deathless, and probably aggravated
It’s been a while since Hellboy fans have seen one Koshchei the Deathless. When last he appeared, it was at odds with creator Mike Mignola’s supernatural hero, in a tale that struck a chord with fans.
Koshchei was sent by Baba Yaga herself, with the task to kill Hellboy. But that’s a story that sounds like it still lies in the future at the time of the characters newest tale, Koshchei in Hell.
When this new story opens, we find the warrior happily sending his eternity in the pits of the afterlife, with plenty of booze and reading material. As mentioned though, that’s not going to last very long…
Legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is returning to Hell, along with acclaimed artist Ben Stenbeck and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart, for KOSHCHEI IN HELL, an all-new four-issue miniseries from Dark Horse Comics. Sent to kill Hellboy by the Baba Yaga in Hellboy: Darkness Calls, Koshchei the Deathless hinted at a long and tragic life before being enslaved to the Slavic witch. Now, in this new series, Koshchei is still in Hell content with his wine and his books—until an old associate arrives and brings Koshchei a critical task. An ancient and powerful foe is returning, and Koshchei must take up his sword to defend Pandemonium from destruction.Dark Horse Comics press releease
Ready to return to the world of Hellboy? Koshchei in Hell #1 (of 4) lands on stands this November the 30th. Scroll down for a few more tidbits about the story to come, straight from the creative team.
“It’s always a pleasure working with Ben, as he can really do everything,” said Mignola. “And there’s just something about how he does things—something very natural and almost quiet—subtle—til it’s time to NOT be subtle. It just really works with the kind of stories I’m trying to tell. And Koshchei—I just love this guy. I’ve really put him through the wringer, but he keeps on going. And Hell—well, is it odd to say I love that place?”
“Koshchei would love to just sit back and read books and drink wine in his socks,” said Stenbeck. “That’s the series Koshchei wants this to be. But that’s not what he’s getting. He has to leave the house. Then he’s going to run into a lot of familiar faces and meet some new ones, and they are pretty much all asking for a fight. Poor old Koshchei, it’s never easy.”Dark Horse press release