We were big fans here at Broken Frontier of Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell’s graphic novella Mr. Higgins Comes Home back in 2017. Both a loving tribute and pastiche of the Hammer horror films we described it as “a boisterous romp of a read, delivered at a breakneck speed that will have you eagerly turning the pages as it sweeps you along in its manic, macabre madness” when we reviewed it here at BF.
So we’re delighted to hear a sequel is in the works, fittingly for this Halloween. You can read the full Dark Horse Comics press release below.
Dark Horse Comics To Publish The Sequel to The Acclaimed Graphic Novel MR. HIGGINS COMES HOME
The Original Graphic Novel OUR ENCOUNTERS WITH EVIL: ADVENTURES OF PROFESSOR J.T. MEINHARDT AND HIS ASSISTANT MR. KNOX Will Be Published This Fall, In Time for Halloween
MILWAUKIE, Ore. (March 19, 2019)—This fall, Dark Horse Comics will publish the original graphic novel OUR ENCOUNTERS WITH EVIL: ADVENTURES OF PROFESSOR J.T. MEINHARDT AND HIS ASSISTANT MR. KNOX, the sequel to the acclaimed graphic novel MR. HIGGINS COMES HOME created by legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. In this installment, Professor J.T. Meinhardt and Mr. Knox continue their pursuit of ne’er-do-well creatures of the night. Now, backed by the dauntless vampire hunter Ms. Mary Van Sloan, the heroes pursue vampires, werewolves, and other horrors that even they are hard-put to name or explain. The only thing that’s for certain? The strange truths these adventurers uncover are seldom what they seem. Dark Horse will publish the hardcover graphic novel―created by Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, with story and art by Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, lettering by Clem Robins and a cover by Mike Mignola with Eisner Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart―in comic shops and bookstores in October, ahead of Halloween.
Like MR. HIGGINS COMES HOME, the new graphic novel is set outside the Hellboy Universe and features the detailed and stylized art of cartoonist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. “We join this trio as Professor Meinhardt recounts three of their “Encounters With Evil,” said Johnson-Cadwell. “These stories take us through the dark hearted Hornetwood, across the diabolic Blackwater Falls, and into the hands of a deadly hunter.”
“Warwick brought an insane amount to energy and invention to MR.HIGGINS COMES HOME—more ideas than could ever fit into that one book, “ said Mignola , who scripted MR. HIGGINS COMES HOME which he created with Johnson-Cadwell. “So I was thrilled when he told me he wanted to continue the adventures of Meinhardt and Knox. You can look forward to a whole world of vampires and related monstrosities like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”
“In the dark and superstitious lands of Europe, sinister creatures roam free,” said Johnson-Cadwell. “Good folk are menaced by a legion of terrors: the bat, the wolf, the vampire and their brethren. But there is hope in these desperate times. Our heroes, Professor J.T. Meinhardt, his assistant Mr. Knox, and their colleague Mary Van Sloan are on a quest to purge these evils from the land.”
Dark Horse Comics will release OUR ENCOUNTERS WITH EVIL: ADVENTURES OF PROFESSOR J.T. MEINHARDT AND HIS ASSISTANT MR. KNOX as a hardcover graphic novel in comic shops on October 9 and in bookstores on October 22. This October, fans can grab some garlic and silver bullets, and settle in for an endearingly terrifying tale, chock full of the occult and adventure.