Out of Reach

Written by Mike Mignola
John Arcudi
Illustrated by Guy Davis
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Clem Robins
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Hellboy: Free Comic Book Day 2008
Date Published May 2008
Trade Paperback B.P.R.D. – Volume 10: The Warning
Omnibus Edition B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs – Volume 4

Out of Reach acts as a prologue for The Warning and therefore the whole of the Scorched Earth Trilogy.

Publication HistoryEdit

The ten-page story was one of three published on Free Comic Book Day in May 2008. The story was collected along with The Warning in the trade paperback B.P.R.D.: The Warning in April 2009.


The story follows on from the events of the Killing Ground. Abe Sapien is preparing to lead a team in search of Ben Daimio. Johann Kraus offers to lead the team but Abe refuses, claiming he has "lots of things" to take care of.

Johann finds the bodies of Chaves and his previous physical form (which was destroyed by Daimio during the events of the Killing Ground) being removed after autopsy. The pathologist tells Johann that they could not find the knife, that Kate Corrigan had instructed them to find, on Chaves' person. Johann takes the inventory and tells them that he will take care of it.

Johann discovers that his attempts to create a new physical form will not work and it is then revealed that he has the knife, that can kill the were-jaguar.

B.P.R.D. Publication Order
Preceded by
Out of Reach
Followed by
Bishop Olek's Devil
The Scorched Earth Trilogy
Preceded by
Out of Reach
Followed by
The Warning
B.P.R.D. Trade Paperback Order
B.P.R.D. – Volume 10: The Warning
Preceded by
Out of Reach
Followed by
The Warning