Something is definitely wrong in Pickens County, but the presence of a family of vampires is only the beginning! The two-part B.P.R.D. arc entitled “Pickens County Horror” comes to a thrilling and mysterious ending as agent Vaughn puts the FO in GTFO. I have a tickling sensation that this won’t be the last time we see the paranormal mushroom related activity in Mignola’s Hell on Earth event.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
ART BY: Jason Latour
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
RELEASE: April 25
This arc being only two parts left me with some questions but it’s obvious that Mike Mignola and Scott Allie have plans to bring this back later in the event. Compared to the slow-pacing of the first issue, #2 is a thrill ride of epic proportion! Lots of suspense is engrained into this story, which is only accentuated by Jason Latour’s sketchy artistic style. One thing Dark Horse knows how to do better than other publishers is pick artists that fit their books to a tee. While agent Peters is still not to be disturbed, agent Vaughn tries to figure out the predicament he finds himself in. Surely enough, the spooky things come up all around him. The tense atmosphere gets the heart pumping as mysterious figures appear in the fog, and odd screaming can be heard but the source is unknown. Worst of all, the old vampire fanatic keeps rambling on about mushrooms, fog, and the undead!
As I continued reading I got an eerie sensation not unlike the feeling that comes from watching the old Alfred Hitchcock style suspense flicks. The BAM BAM BAM’s on the doors and blood curdling screams just add to the overall creepiness. Will agent Vaughn survive the night of horrors? What the f*ckis going on with Peters? Are the Vampires associated with all the crazy activity going on globally? Unfortunately, not all these questions are answered but some are. But I like being forced to mull over the events as I try to figure out what I just read.
This two-part suspense thriller is a solid addition to the Hell on Earth storyline and hope to see agent Vaughn and Peters again soon to figure out just what is going on in the B.P.R.D universe.