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B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth - The Long Death #1

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B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth - The Long Death #1

Credits

  • Words: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi
  • Art: James Harren
  • Colors: Dave Stewart
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Price: $3.50
  • Release Date: Feb 15, 2012

Dark Horse have stated that this is the year for Hellboy and the B.P.R.D, and after this issue, it’s obvious why.

The latest mini-series under the Hell on Earth banner looks set to cram a generous serving of danger, dread, and drama in its three issues.

A handy guide to the main characters of the series is a welcome entry to the tale and it would be nice if the other publishers would do something similar, much like Marvel did with their ever growing web of X-Men comics.

This debut issue begins with the kind of meltdown in the lunchroom scene as seen in Alien, and is almost as gruesome. Gas-bodied Johann Kraus, as deftly voiced by Seth MacFarlane in Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, ponders his new containment suit, and we’re made aware that aquatic adventurer Abe Sapien is in a coma. All this is woven tightly through the narrative for newbies to this series, or those who’ve been away for a while, so it never feels clunky. Kraus, new mother Agent Giarocco and a handful of fellow Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense agents head off to British Columbia for an investigation that does not bode well. There’s also something afoot in the B.P.R.D. HQ, under the leadership of Miss Panya. The cliffhanger means that the next two issues must be so fast paced as to approach the speed of light.

The usual Hellboy and B.P.R.D. team of Mignola and Arcudi work together as co-scripters to form a tight narrative, with enough intriguing subplots to keep things interesting.

Harren’s artwork was last seen in Abe Sapien Volume 2: The Devil Does Not Jest and is a snug fit for the so-called Mignolaverse. He can do creepy and bloody with the right amount of shock and gore, and never fails to capture the menace of the cold environment, or the varied emotions of the agents.

So far, this seems to be Kraus' story, but as always with the B.P.R.D., not everything is what it seems.

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