Dark Horse has announced a new Hellboy original graphic novel to be released in the spring of 2017: Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, co-written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, co-written and drawn by Gary Gianni, and colored by Dave Stewart.

But wait, you may be asking, didn't Hellboy die and go to Hell? Yes, and unlike so many other comic book heroes, he remains dead. But Hellboy's story was never very linear, and there are still adventures from his long life that we don't yet know about. This story in particular takes place after the events of the 2005 Hellboy story The Island.

Into the Silent Sea will be the third original graphic novel starring Hellboy that Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart have collaborated on, following Hellboy: House of the Living Dead with Richard Corben, and Hellboy: The Midnight Circus with Duncan Fegredo.

 

Art by Gary Gianni
Art by Gary Gianni

 

Here's the official word from Dark Horse:

Next spring, Dark Horse Comics will publish an original graphic novel, Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, co-written by legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, co-written and illustrated by Eisner Award-winning artist Gary Gianni and colored by award-winning colorist Dave Stewart. Following the events of the classic story “The Island,” Hellboy sets sail from the wreckage of a deserted island only to cross paths with a ghost ship. Taken captive by the phantom crew that plans to sell him to the circus, Hellboy is dragged along by a captain who will stop at nothing in pursuit of a powerful sea creature.

Gary Gianni has previously collaborated with iconic writers including George R. R. Martin, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury and Michael Chabon and teamed up with Michael Kaluta to work on the classic pulp hero, The Shadow. Gianni is best known the creator of the Monstermen series, which appeared as a back-up feature inHellboy. He also illustrated Prince Valiant, the syndicated newspaper comic strip, for 8 years. Gianni will illustrate Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, with colors by Dave Stewart; Mignola will provide a cover, with colors by Stewart.

"I imagine if Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea were a movie, the Hollywood hyperbole would describe it as Hellboy's greatest adventure,” said Gary Gianni. “Yes... it's Hellboy as you've never seen him before, laughing , loving and battling his way across the stormy seas! You'll be thrilled as he faces cosmic forces terrorizing a haunted ship manned by a desperate crew! Be sure not to miss Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, the biggest comic book event of the year!"