"The Ectoplasmic Man"
*Johann Kraus is a mystic, who channels the dead for his clientele. By a twist of fate, he is caught in his spirit state when a demon escapes its bonds, unleashing a wave of mystic force that destroys Johann's body, but not his soul. The BPRD sends an agent to investigate the scene, and Dr. Hoffman, a psychic, can sense Kraus' presence. He asks why Kraus doesn't just move on to the spirit realm. Kraus wonders himself, until he hears the call of other spirits in transition and in need. Kraus attempts to help one such soul, and encounters a demon who feeds on these poor souls. Given a reason for being, Johann returns to Hoffman, who helps by crafting Kraus a suit to contain his essence. *Source: Warlock
**This one-shot comic tells the origin of Johann Kraus--corresponding with Johann's appearance in the 2008 feature film Hellboy II: The Golden Army. The Ectoplasmic Man is the ideal introduction to one of the most peculiar members of the remarkable Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. **Source: darkhorse.com
Issue number 45 in the comprehensive numbering of the B.P.R.D. series.
Continued from B.P.R.D.: The Killing Ground and continues in B.P.R.D.: The Warning.
Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, illustrated by Ben Stenbeck, lettered by Clem Robins, and colored by Dave Stewart with cover art by Mignola.