"B.P.R.D.: 1946, Part 1"
*December 1944: The Nazis are desparate as Germany's enemies are on her doorstep. We see in an operating theater as Nazi scientists work on a female, very much awake, and being subdued by guards armed with crucifixes.
Flash forward to 1946 post-war Berlin. Trevor Bruttenholm and Howard Eaton of the newly formed Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense tour the defeated and destitute streets with an army patrol. The Russians have raped what they can, but the Americans find all manner of abandoned experiments in black arts and science in the ruins. The Russians have their own occult specialists, and are racing to claim what they find. The BPRD get assigned a team of 5 soldiers, and decide to meet with the Russians in the spirit of teamwork. Bruttenholm finally gets a meeting with the head of the Russian team, who are leagues ahead of the Americans, and meets Varvara. She appears to be a beautiful, eight-year-old girl, but, instead of innocent, is sly, evil, and drinks vodka. She knows much about Hellboy and more, and is unwilling to share with Bruttenholm. Finally finding clues on his own, Bruttenholm discovers a mystery at a sanitarium where unusual chemicals were delivered, and the occupants were supposedly put to death. Ransacked and abandoned, Bruttenholm and Eaton manage to find a secret basement, where the shadows team with eyes, watching our investigators. *Source: darkhorse.com
**In the wake of the second world war, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm - occult investigator and guardian of the infant Hellboy - founded the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense to investigate and defuse the remains of the Axis's sophisticated occult warfare projects and potential Soviet threats. Now, outfitted with a small band of war-weary Allied soldiers, Bruttenholm begins to unravel the mystery of the Nazi Occult Bureau's greatest and most threatening initiatives: Project Vampir Sturm. **Source: darkhorse.com
Issue number 39 in the comprehensive numbering of the B.P.R.D. series.
Written by Mike Mignola and Joshua Dysart, illustrated by Paul Azaceta, colored by Nick Filardi, and lettered by Clem Robins with cover art by Mignola and colored by Dave Stewart.