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The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed #3

by Forrest.H on April 27, 2017

The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed #3
Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson
Artist: Paul Grist
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
A third offering of the Visitor’s tale does not overtly impress but it does ground the character and the world he sees from the outside.

This is the most straightforward a Visitor book has been thus far. It doesn’t establish a connection to Hellboy like the first did, nor does it strengthen our bond with The Visitor himself like the second did. Instead, it tells a tale of the visitor growing weary of the world and his task in a short excerpt of an issue that would fit in almost any of the Mignola properties.

Investigating a cult long thought defeated, The Visitor finds himself in trouble, gets himself out (saving the world in the process) and waxes poetic on his duty and…that’s kind of it. There’s very little to extrapolate, investigate or garner here and that’s kind of a disservice to both an interesting character in The Visitor and the endlessly interesting world that Mignola has created, one I love very much but doesn’t do much to inspire here.  

The art is serviceable, I especially like the greens and grays in stark contrast to black backgrounds and I still think the general design of this Visitor’s alien body is unique and authentically alien feeling. The line work is simple but that has to be expected in these books, it works, but more interesting choreography  or general layout would help all the more.

This is as simple as an issue can get, it doesn’t detract from the world or the character but it doesn’t add much either and that’s kind of a shame. 

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