I didn't see an existing thread already began for this topic, so here I am...creating one.
I loved this issue!! I just have to get this out of the way and say that I'm finally starting to accept Duncan on his own merits, rather than expecting him to be this perfect Mignola/Fegredo style synthesis. Let's face it, Duncan isn't Mike and try as he might, he's really his own guy- this issue showcasing why that's an incredibly good thing. Duncan very obviously poored his artistic heart and soul into every page and panel this issue, and I really was crest fallen when I reached the last page- bravo to you, Duncan!!
The writing is also 'finding itself' more here, with the first revelations of an actual plot beginning to emerge. The first two issues seemed like major setup, but no story arc was revealing itself. To be honest at first it seemed like more of same from The Island- Hellboy wandering aimlessly until some major plot point sucks him into its embrace. This issue seemed more cohesive and 'important' in a way.
Anyway, less of my rambling and more of your thoughts!