This week's B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #5 from writers Mike Mignola and Scott Allie and artist Laurence Campbell featured a surprise return that, while unexpected, Mignola says has been in the works for some time.
Spoilers ahead for B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know #5.
At the end of the issue, the B.P.R.D. team visits the wreckage of their old headquarters which was destroyed last year. As the sift through the wreckage, they discover Hellboy's coffin - and as it opens, it appears that Hellboy may be stirring.
“For a very long time we've known where this series was going,” Mignola toldThe Hollywood Reporter of the apparent return. “The reveal at the end of issue 5 was planned years ago and I sincerely hope it catches readers by surprise. The internet being what it is, it’s not easy to keep secrets these days, but I’m hopeful fans will help us out and keep a lid on things for awhile, until more people have had a chance to read the comic.”
Hellboy died in 2011's Hellboy: The Fury. He continued to appear in a series entitled Hellboy In Hell from 2012-2016, written and drawn by Mignola. According to THR, the Hellboy creator says the story of his return will continue in 2018.