The B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth is event is really starting to heat up as the “Return of the Master” story arc progresses. This issue is packed with plot advancement and little action, as story lines from past “Hell on Earth” issues come together. Mike Mignola’s universe has taken on a new level of intrigue and John Arcudi’s writing is top notch, this is all rounded off by Tyler Cook’s art which has really become the staple for the B.P.R.D. universe. We know all these mini-series are building to something big, but the question of what still remains quite vague.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ART BY: Tyler Cook
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
RELEASE: September 26th
The story starts us off in Scotland as the B.P.R.D. team is tracking down Dr. Lazar, aka the Master, which will in turn end in a massive confrontation. The team runs into a big ‘ol ghost demon which is the only real action in the issue. The story’s layout mimics its predecessor with a nice hook at the start to get the reader’s attention while the rest of the book is advancing the plot and building up the story arc for its climatic finish. The B.P.R.D. and Zinco Corp. link up in this issue which means the two big story lines of Hell on Earth finally get tied together. The issue runs slowly, with the meat of the book being focused on dialogue.
The art by Tyler Cook is solid for this book, his ability illustrate progression of mutations is uncanny. This ability is also vital to the story since Lazar has the ability to transform even the simplest of animals into monstrosities capable of slaughter. Cook brings some elements of realism to give the environment a natural feel, while the overall roughness of his linework shows that this world is anything but natural.
It’s becoming clear that Mignola has less to do with the “B.P.R.D.” books, but the Hell on Earth event proves that he’s put his faith in good hands. Given how far into this event we are, shit will be hitting the fan anytime now…Hopefully. With 3 issues left in this arc, the story should start to pick up its pace next issue.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd