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The Nature of the Beast

DHP 151
Written by Mike Mignola
Illustrated by Mike Mignola
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Pat Brosseau
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Dark Horse Presents #151
Date Published February 2000
— COLLECTED IN —
Trade Paperback Hellboy – Volume 4: The Right Hand of Doom
Omnibus Edition Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories – Volume 1
Library Edition Hellboy – Volume 2

Hellboy is sent to slay a dragon.

Publication HistoryEdit

"The Nature of the Beast" was published in black and white, as part of the Dark Horse Presents #151, in February 2000. The story was reprinted in color in Hellboy – Volume 4: The Right Hand of Doom.

SynopsisEdit

Hellboy travels to England in 1954. Trevor Bruttenholm has sent him to the Osiris Club, and they ask him to slay a dragon. They tell him the story of the Saint Leonard Worm, a dragon slain by a monk fourteen hundred years ago. The dragon had returned and it was on Hellboy to kill it. Hellboy enters Leonard's wood, and approaches a clearing with a statue of the monk. The dragon attacks Hellboy, and constricts him up against the statue. The dragon crushes Hellboy and the statue. The top of the statue breaks off, and the stone sword falls, killing the dragon.

Meanwhile, the Osiris Club had been watching Hellboy through a crystal ball. They comment that the experiment was inconclusive, and that they will have to continue to watch Hellboy to learn "his true nature."

Connections to Other StoriesEdit

This story is referenced in Conqueror Worm #2 and The Wild Hunt #1.

Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
Pancakes
Box Full of Evil
The Nature of the Beast
Followed by
King Vold
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 4 The Right Hand of Doom
Preceded by
Pancakes
The Nature of the Beast
Followed by
King Vold
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
The Midnight Circus
The Nature of the Beast
Followed by
King Vold