Frankenstein Underground #5 (July 22, 2015)
Frankenstein's monster confronts the danger lurking within the underground city. Can he save the spirit of the city or will he meet his end?
Scott Allie: "When Mike first told me this story, it was just good fun monster action. But the two surprises for me were in how amazing Ben Stenbeck's art evolves over the course of the series, and how much we wound up saying about the Hellboy universe. This has been happening a lot lately. Not too long ago we were talking about an Abe story, and as usual, we talked through all the bigger implications of the story, all the secrets behind the main action, and I said, 'How much of that do we actually reveal here.' And he said, 'All of it.' Not that we'll explain everything and end the mysteries, but we're at a point in the series where it's really time to start letting the answers reveal themselves. Earlier this week, we were plotting a single-issue story, and it seemed pretty simple and visually entertaining, but as we spoke, we got deeper and deeper into the big stuff, the things that make the Hellboy universe tick. Now, with Frankenstein, what we've wound up with is a very strange glimpse into the secret societies of this world, and the secrets they hold, or think they hold, about man's history, prehistory, and the monsters that hang over our world, and are right now wreaking havoc on the world of the BPRD and Abe Sapien. This last issue ties current BPRD to the old Guy Davis BPRD, to Hellboy: The Island—and if you haven't read that stuff, now you won't have to to understand what happens next in the current stories. Of course, we'd never be so generous as to reveal these secrets to Hellboy, or Abe, or Liz, or someone who could really use them today, right...?"