Hellboy: Seed of Destruction #3
Hey guys, sorry I didn’t have one of these last week I took a break from comics. But I am back and ready to dive back into these crazy worlds.
Hellboy is floating through space after being pulled through the floor. In his narration he tells us he has lost track of time, but he does hit water in the panel at the bottom of the page and he questions his perspective of the time passed. He stands, well kneels really at the edge of the water (the tentacles are gone for now). Hellboy tells us he can feel evil and Rasputin continues his monologue from last issue, rambling over the history of the place and says that is what Hellboy is sensing. (He also calls him ‘creature’ which displeases me.) For centuries people had sacrificed others to bring forth the serpent (maybe the tentacle thing? but that’s not really a snake…) but they had not the power, Rasputin says he does.
After a few more lines he mentions that Hellboy was brought into this world for a reason, to stand beside him during Ragnarok and command the power Rasputin summons. Hellboy seems very unimpressed. Rasputin tells Hellboy this is not a request, but a command and Hellboy lifts his gun and shoots the guy in the head. He doesn’t fall down though, much to Hellboy’s confusion. Rasputin turns his face to Hellboy and speaks not a word, but a symbol made of a devil’s tail the psi symbol and the Templar’s cross.
Hellboy is thrown from Rasputin and crashes into the water again, dropping his gun as he did so. The man’s head comes back together and Hellboy realizes just what he’s dealing with as the many talismans and protections should have kept him safe from the attack. Hellboy decides to stall for time, but that’s just silly as he doesn’t have to do anything to get the man talking again. It’s not even good information. This time he tells Hellboy about how people tried to kill him in Russia, and when he was close to death the serpent called to him. It told him of his destiny, his purpose! As Hellboy retorts he has other plans for the apocalypse (and is again told he has no choice) one of the frog monsters comes up behind him. Rasputin tells Hellboy this is Olafsen, and he shall be the first of a new race, a titan! Really guys, that’s how he talks.
We leave Hellboy for now and see what Abe is up to. He must be in a different area of the basement for he can neither hear nor see Hellboy. Instead he sees a skeleton that clearly used to be resting in a stone coffin, but it had been broken into. He thinks it is a place of the dead-but not a quiet place. We get more panels of newly exposed skeletons and wet crumbled stone. Abe comes across the two remaining Cavendish boys (frog monsters) as they huddle with their dead and mummified looking mother. As he watches they drag her down into the water.
Abe steps back from the scene and finds himself in a different room where Elihu Cavendish is… Before we can get a good look we jump back to Hellboy as he fights Olafsen. He’s having a rough time of it, and as he slogs through the water fighting for his life he gets angry. It tosses him across the room and Hellboy wishes for a respite- however brief. But to no avail. The beast drags him into a deep part of the waterlogged basement and throws him back out. (why not try to drown him? Can Hellboy drown?) Back above the waterline Olafsen keeps tossing Hellboy into walls.
Rasputin calls Olafsen off now, telling him they need Hellboy alive. Hellboy muttered “Who…. how…” and Rasputin takes this as “tell me more about you and your past?”. He left Russia for Italy speaking as a prophet of the apocalypse. He also listened and waited for a sign. His sign was Himmler coming to him who brought him to Germany. He looks down on the Nazis that he joined up with, but knew he could use them to his own ends. He explains that he (and the unknowing Nazis) had brought Hellboy to this world. When the tide of War turned Rasputin had to give up his investigation into where the being he had summoned had gone, and when he was alone once more he heard the voice of the Serpent again. It told him to go North.
He arrived at the Temple and waited. He awoke from his trance only when Bruttenholm and the rest of his party arrived. He read Bruttenholm’s mind and learned of Hellboy. He changed all but Bruttenholm into their monstrous forms he let him go so he could call Hellboy to him. He then says his plans have now come to fruition, and he has Hellboy- and an extra bonus; Liz. Naturally Hellboy tells Rasputin to leave her be, and he says he has no intention of harming her. That her power- which has never been understood by those in the BPRD- is something alive, needing room to grow. Which Rasputin says he can provide, and he would harness her energy as his own.
He says that their chat is coming to an end as the tentacles rise once more from the water. (Finally! The guy will not shut up!) It is a being named Sadu-Hem, and he has come with Rasputin from the Arctic, feasting on humans on the way. He begins to draw Liz’s power into himself, and tells Hellboy he should join of his own free will. Hellboy tells him to go to Hell to which Rasputin says “Hell is coming here” which I thought was a good line. Hellboy knows he is in over his head a wishes for Abe, and we cut to him apparently passed out before Elihu.
And that it.