After the first issue of The Devil’s Engine I was at a bit of a loss, not nearly as enjoyable as I have come to expect from the B.P.R.D family. Well, after this issue I’ve learned to shut my trap because issue #2 of this three-parter knocked me on my ass. The plot thickens in the “Hell on Earth” epic event, as we learn more of insidious plots cooking in the cauldron, while our unlikely pair of heroes take a stroll done Holy F*ck lane.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ART BY: Tyler Crook
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
RELEASE: June 20th
The anxiety level for Andrew Devon leaps up a couple notches in this issue. His psychic friend and her dog attempt to locate an alternative form of transportation in light of recent catastrophic train wreck. The sweet cover of this months issue should give you a hint as to what you’ll find inside. The book starts off with a bang and ends with a mother of a cliff hanger! Thus far, “Hell on Earth” has kept us mostly in the dark, but as the multiple storylines begin coming to a crossroads, you can smell something big in the air, and every issue of B.P.R.D. works builds that tension.
The artwork in the book is on par with the great work we’ve all come to expect from B.P.R.D., clear images yet a sketchy element that adds a sort of eerie layer to the drawings. The coloring and shading also adds an extra degree, as much of the scenes tend to the dark side of the color spectrum (even in the daytime).
One thing that often goes unnoticed in comics is sound effects, and the sound-scape created. B.P.R.D. books have a very, very good use of sound. It’s the small things, like a bang or scraping on a door, that make it stand out. Pay attention next time, and you can almost hear the sounds, as opposed to just reading letters on a page. This usage of noise creates a much more enjoyable experience, tricking the senses in a way.
Fun, fast paced, and a cliff hanger to boot! If you’re not sold on following the “Hell on Earth” event, I don’t know what kind of comics you’re reading! Get in there!
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd