Rasputin still doesn’t get identified by name—but based on all the expository dialogue, it’s surprising Hellboy couldn’t figure it out. I guess he never took any history classes.
The series winds down with some more big action sequences, one involving Abe and Liz Sherman. Well, not exactly Liz Sherman. Mignola and Byrne had very little use for her (Hellboy talks about her in the narration more than she talks in dialogue). It makes her feel like a fifth wheel, only around because the comic book readers must have a pretty face.
Also interesting is how passive Hellboy and Abe are in the grand conclusion—Hellboy gets a little moment alone with Rasputin with foreshadowing—but the big part is resolved somewhat without them.
Still, it’s decent.
The Monkeyman backup features Adams screwing up tenses in his first person narration. There’s little else to say about it, except weak art.
Writers and letterers, Mike Mignola and John Byrne; artist, Mignola; colorist, Mark Chiarello. Who Are Monkeyman and O’Brien?, Chapter Three; writer and artist, Art Adams; colorist, Matt Hollingsworth; letterer, L. Lois Buhalis. Editor, Barbara Kesel; publisher, Dark Horse Comics.