28 days until Hellboy Day - Johann Kraus
A former professional spirit medium, now a B.P.R.D. field agent, Johan Kraus has had quite the life. Possessing the ability to not only see the dead but to leave his body in the form of ectoplasm and commune with the deceased, Kraus became a notable medium and even had his own office in Munich, Germany. Unfortunately, due to an incident during one of his sessions, his corporeal body was destroyed leaving only his ectoplasmic projection alive. If it were not for the B.P.R.D., Kraus would surely be dead. They built for him a containment suit which kept his his new form intack.
Kraus possesses many abilities (No pun intended. Ok, a little pun intended). Prior to his accident, Kraus already had the ability to leave his body in the form of a projection. This allowed him to converse with spirits. After his accident, his new containment suit allows him to possess corpses of the dead, reanimating them and in most cases briefly reuniting them with their spirit. This is only temporary, as the body will eventually reject him. This is not the case for artificially created bodies: if they do not possess a soul, Johan can inhabit them as he wishes. Other than these, Johan also has the ability to leave his containment suit at will which is fine temporarily. This leaves him safe from attack. However, if he remains outside of his suit he is vulnerable to even heavy breezes blowing him away.
Kraus in his original comic incarnation is a very likable and nice guy, although he certainly has his flaws. He once attempted to have an affair with a spirit, even though he was already married. He also goes down a dark path, spiraling into revenge over the series (This is mega spoiler territory so I will tread no further.) However, Johan continuously serves as the team’s glue, keeping everyone together.
Johan has had a number of suits over time. These include his original body, his B.P.R.D. container, his suit received from the Russian S.S.S., and the “Sledgehammer” vril energy suit. The vril suit in particular is notable in that once Johan was placed in it, he was essentially bound to it.
A common misconception is that Kraus is part of Hellboy’s storyline, primarily due to his role in the Guillermo Del Toro films. However, Johan and Hellboy have never actually met in the comics.
You can read all about Johann in...
Plague of Frogs (full cycle)
Hell on Earth (full cycle)
The Devil You Know