Seriously, guys! He's gonna do it! For really reals!
Mike Mignola has a bit of a shocker for Hellboy fans: The character is about to be killed off and there aren't any plans to resurrect him in the future. It turns out this is a bit of a twist, since Mignola was originally promising that he would come back to handle both writing and artistic duties for the character after Duncan Fegredo finishes up the current miniseries Hellboy: The Fury.
The third - and final - issue of Hellboy: The Fury is due out on August 10th, and Mignola recently sat down with CBR News to talk about the upcoming death:
"I killed Hellboy once before, but he came back pretty quick. I knew he was dead, and I was waiting for people to go, 'Oh shit! Hellboy's dead!' But nobody seemed to notice. So this time we're doing Hellboy's death where you'll go, 'No. He's dead, and he's not coming back in 12 minutes.' There was a little bit of work that had to go into that because this really is the end of him as that physical character that appeared in the very first issue. It's a weird thing to do, but it's fun."
The full interview also reveals that Mignola's still got plans to further the stories of other characters in the shared universe, including the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense and a new solo adventure starring Abe Sapien.
Source: Comic Book Resources