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The Wolves of Saint August

Dark Horse Presents 88
Written by Mike Mignola
Illustrated by Mike Mignola
Colored by James Sinclair
Lettered by Pat Brosseau
Edited by Scott Allie
Originally Published in Dark Horse Presents #88–91
Internal Numbering Hellboy #5
Date Published August–November 1994
Collected in Hellboy – Volume 3: The Chained Coffin and Others
Library Edition Hellboy – Volume 2

This story helped to expand the Hellboy world, introduced Kate Corrigan, a B.P.R.D. consultant, and names Dr. Izar Hoffman who would appear other Hellboy stories.

Publication HistoryEdit

"The Wolves of Saint August" was originally serialized in Dark Horse Presents #88-91 (Aug-Nov 1994). Each issue contained eight black and white story pages. In November 1995, the story was collected in Hellboy: The Wolves of St. August. This 48-page prestige format graphic novel presented the story in color and added 8 new story pages. This expanded version was also reprinted in Hellboy: vol. 3 The Chained Coffin and Others (Aug 1998).

SynopsisEdit

The story opens in 1994 in the town of Griart. Father Kelly, the town's new priest, hopes to reopen an old chapel fallen into disuse. The Priest meets a man in the chapel, who explains that long ago the villagers trapped the royal family and killed them. The man then transforms into a wolf.

Nine days later, Hellboy and Kate Corrigan appear on the scene. Every person in the town has been killed by what appears to be a wild animal. Father Kelly's body had been found in the chapel. Kate sees an inscription in the chapel and realizes the true history of the town. The royal family had been cursed in 1214, so that they would transform into werewolves every seven years. The villagers caught the family while changed, and killed them. However one child, William, survived.

Hellboy is confronted by William, the man who killed Father Kelly earlier. William rips off his skin revealing a massive werewolf. The two fight and in the end Hellboy kills the Monster.

The final page notes that Dr. Izar Hoffman and a team of BPRD psychics later declared the site free of paranormal activity.

Story ChronologyEdit

As made explicit in the expanded version, the story takes place in 1994. Based on the final page, the main events must be before May. The story most likely takes place just after Seed of Destruction, though it is possible it takes place just before. The story is followed by "The Chained Coffin," taking place in 1995.

Hellboy Publication Order
Preceded by
World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator (CBG)
The Wolves of Saint August
Followed by
"Hi, My Name's Hellboy"
Hellboy Trade Paperback Order
Vol. 3 The Chained Coffin and Others
Preceded by
The Chained Coffin
The Wolves of Saint August
Followed by
Almost Colossus
Hellboy Story Chronology
Preceded by
Seed of Destruction
The Wolves of Saint August
Followed by
"Hi, My Name's Hellboy"

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