After several weeks of waiting, I’m rather pleased that Dark Horse finally released a new issue in the “B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth” saga, The Return of the Master part 1. Thehe “Hell on Earth” event is starting to come to a head, and this issue shows that a lot more brooding trouble is on the way for the Bureau. “The Return of the Master” #1 contains some breakthrough plot advancements as well as a healthy supply of blood and violence, fitting in perfectly with the event.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ART BY: Tyler Crook
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
RELEASE DATE: August 29th, 2012
This issue packs a nice little punch. In the first few pages, a possessed Dr. Lazar lands in Scotland to continue wreaking havoc in the already war torn U.K. Being possessed by an Ogdru spirit, his presence causes dogs to mutate into teeth-infested monstrosities, hell-bent on turning a lovely day into an afternoon of death and destruction. One thing that always amazes me about B.P.R.D. is how many separate storylines the creative teams are able to coordinate while keep the readers’ interest.
The issue moves into more of a generic first issue after the initial carnage by bringing us up to speed on the current B.P.R.D. situation. Many character arcs are beginning to cross paths, which showcases Mignola’s ability to craft a universe-wide event. Johann Kraus’ appearance is of particular interest. The search for a suitable containment suit for Johann in turn reveals information on Zinc Corp., which foreshadows future events with Zinc. The issue establishes a foundation for later issues to build off of, but this chapter does so in a spectacular fashion leaving the reader with a wonderfully disturbing image.
Tyler Crook does a magnificent job creating said transformation images. A seemingly ordinary dog subtly changes within the space of a few panels until it becomes a heinous monster. Crook has some serious monster-drawing skills, and B.P.R.D. is the right book for him. The depictions of Lazar are unsettling, to say the least, as he saws glyphs into his flesh.
Mike Mignola and John Arcudi knock another issue out of the park. I can’t wait for “Hell on Earth” to really start unraveling.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd