Koshchei the Deathless is the story that keeps on giving. When the flu hit my house hard I missed issue #2 so before I got ready to do this review I found it on Comixology so I could be up to date, and I’m glad I did. There was a man born of a fish and a cow? I love Slavic folklore, it’s so much fun. So Koshchei #3 was the the finishing of the story of the last dragons that began in #2.
As with the first two issues, this story takes place in a bar in hell. Hellboy sits with Koshchei and they talk over a drink. Our title character is going through his history and it gets dark and sad quick. Not only does he kill the last of the dragons, but the man who made him deathless, the man who brought him back from the dead is the Last Dragon and his disappointment in Koshchei breaks whatever human heart the deathless one has left. He leaves his companions an sits with the Last Dragon while he dies and then he does the one thing he hadn’t done before, he learns the magic of the dragons.
(my favorite panel from this issue)
He then goes on to recount other of his adventures and I think my favorite part of this whole issue was Hellboy being surprised that it could get darker than it already had. But when one is call The Deathless one, you don’t imagine he’s had a soft and happy life.
Koshchei The Deathless is a solid bit of story telling and I really love the feel of him and Hellboy sitting in a cafe telling war stories over a cup of tea or bourbon, or ea with bourbon. Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck have brought a lovely morose story to us and I am excited to see where else it goes form here.