Hellboy: Darkness Calls is the latest in Mike Mignola's Hellboy series. Hellboy is still AWOL from the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Development; while the BPRD continues to battle the occult plague roaring across America, Hellboy is delving deeper and deeper into the mystery of his own existence. Recovering from the trials of Strange Places and The Troll Witch at an old friend's house, Hellboy is dragged before a very strange parliament, which eventually puts him in the grasp of his old enemy, the Baba Yaga. In the dream-like realm of a mythical Russia, he must battle figures we only know through folklore in an attempt to get back to his world. Unfortunately, even darker tidings are taking place in the shadowy recesses of the Earth. The Hellboy series began as mostly one-offs and short serials. It has only been in the past few volumes, especially since the release of BPRD, that a stronger storyline has taken precedence. This particular volume has probably made more references to past events than any of the other story lines, with returning character's and plot points being pivotal to the events within. Here we are given hints as to the true history of Hecate, the nature of witches, and what it is that Baba Yaga has been up to since Hellboy shot out her eye all those years ago. As is typical with Hellboy, the progression is fast occasionally fragmented: Mignola's plotting has always been more like storyboarding for a film than a fluid comic narrative. This can be give or take for many readers; I have always rather liked the focus on the physical, often violent side of Hellboy's nature. At the same time, the quick cuts give only snippets of the great mythical figures behind the plot, which I feel increases the mystery and unknowable nature of these beings. As a deviation from the majority of the Hellboy stories, this volume is not dawn by Mignola, but instead Duncan Fegredo, who readers may have seen in Kid Eternity with Grand Morrison or on some early 2000's Judge Dredds for 2000 A.D.. Mignola's signature chiaroscuro expressionism has always been one of the hallmarks of Hellboy; indeed it's hard to think of the big red guy without all those sheets of black. None the less, Fegredo does a fantastic job of capturing that same feel and look. After a few pages, Hellboy aficionados won't even care there's a difference, as the tone is the same without being a simple imitation of Mr. Mignola's style. According to Wikipedia, Fegredo will be the new regular artist for the Hellboy series, which does not bother me one bit.