After decades of refusing to face the truth of his life and destiny, Hellboy was about to become overwhelmed with a tsunami of unwanted self-awareness. In 1994, beginning with the death of his adopted father, Trevor Bruttenholm, Hellboy would come into conflict with Grigori Rasputin. Rasputin, who 50 years earlier performed the ritual that summoned Hellboy to Earth, forced open Hellboy’s eyes. Before he was killed by the combined efforts of Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and Hellboy, Rasputin began to unveil the story of the Ogdru Jahad and their 369 children, and the purpose of Hellboy’s summoning. Though the team was victorious against the mad monk, a seed had been planted in Hellboy’s head.
After Trevor Bruttenholm’s funeral, Hellboy finally revisited the site at East Bromwich where he arrived on earth 50 years earlier. He had a vision of a woman on her death bed, praying for her soul with her children. A massive demon arrived, coming to claim her soul, reminding her of the love they shared years earlier, and the son she was carrying. In the vision, the demon looked right at Hellboy, referring to his favorite son, before he impaled the woman and dragged her to Hell. He tried to brush it off as a dream, but deep down, knew it was the truth: he was the favorite son.
A couple of years later, the B.P.R.D. was sent to Romania, after the remains of the Vampire Vladimir Giurescu were stolen. Hellboy ended up facing a number of Nazis, Giurescu, and eventually, the Goddess Hecate. He was victorious over all of them, but not before Hecate challenged Hellboy to become the beast of the Apocalypse that he was meant to be. His horns grew back, and his flaming crown appeared above his head. In the end, he chose to deny the path being pushed on him, in favor of one of his own free will.
After the Giurescu affair, Hellboy and Kate Corrigan remained in Romania, attempting to track down a homunculus that had stolen Liz Sherman’s life force. The pair located the creature-which he later named Roger-and convinced him to return with them. After a lengthy battle with the Roger’s gigantic older brother, the trio returned to B.P.R.D. headquarters together, saving Liz’s life. Hellboy befriended Roger, as he befriended all of the other non-humans at the B.P.R.D., and trained Roger to be an agent.
A dying priest later reached out to Hellboy, requesting his presence. The priest was the son of Malcolm Frost, another witness to Hellboy’s arrival on Earth. Malcolm Frost had always born ill will towards Hellboy, believing him to be the doom of mankind. The priest asked Hellboy’s forgiveness, but also showed him why Malcolm Frost feared him. The priest and Hellboy conversed about all that had been learned, and that the right hand of doom was a burden that he would have to bear and protect in order to keep it out of the grasp of evil.
The following year, the priest’s warning was put to the test, when Hellboy crossed paths once more with Igor Bromhead. The occult criminal freed the demon Ualac, who revealed Hellboy’s secrets. Ualac took Hellboy’s crown and placed it upon his own head, and transformed himself into Anung Un Rama. This freed Hellboy from Bromhead’s spell, and allowed him to defeat the arrogant and ambitious pair, leaving both to the wrath of his demon uncle Astaroth. The demon tempted Hellboy with his destiny, which once again was defiantly refused, but Astaroth kept alive his hope that his nephew would eventually see his way to Hell.
Hellboy tried once more to throw himself into his work, as a means of ignoring the voice in the back of his head, urging him to explore his own nature. This brought him to Hunte Castle in Austria, where a Nazi space capsule appeared to be returning. Prior to the mission, he had discovered that the scientists that had restored Roger to life, had planted a bomb, at the behest of B.P.R.D. leadership, in the homunculus’ chest. This alienated Hellboy from the other, human agents, and opened a major rift between him and the organization.
Hellboy and Roger defeated the Ogdru Hem that came to Earth, but only after they encountered an alien. The alien revealed that he was present at Hellboy’s arrival on Earth, but rather than carry out his assassination mission, saw something that stayed his hand. He then admitted to watching Hellboy over the years, and that he saw that he was not consigned to the role that everyone tried to push him into. After the victory over the conqueror worm, Hellboy quit the B.P.R.D., leaving for Africa, and after that, “wherever the wind blows.” He was no longer going to bury his head, but face his past, present and future head on.
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