Abe Sapien is AWOL, Hellboy is in Hell, but the BPRD has to keep its head above water as they face an ongoing war with super natural beasts worldwide. B.P.R.D Hell on Earth “Cold day in Hell” part 2 is that situation in a nutshell as the BPRD works hand in hand with their Russian counter parts to put a strangle hold on the shitnami tidal wave that’s crashing down globally. John Arcudi takes on the main writing role and is aided by the talented illustrator Peter Snejbjerg (it’s a good thing you don’t have to hear me butcher that last name) and the noteworthy effort of colourist Dave Stewart.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ART BY: Peter Snejbjerg
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: April 17th, 2013
This books take off in an odd area for those who are unfamiliar with the new ongoing series “Hellboy in Hell”, some minor demons have been recently released from their bonds (or so they thought) are called to action by one of Satan’s bannermen. From this point the book comes back to familiar territory as the puzzle of where the Russian occult leader is and why he has not yet returned to his party. This book is filled with some undeath horror and answers a few lingering questions from the previous issue. The most important aspect of this book is that the BPRD is up to speed on the hidden secrets the Russians have been keeping from them.
The pace is pretty intense, especially in the beginning. After that aside the book jumps right back into where its predecessor leaves off and moves quickly along with very little dialogue until after the climax has occurred. The coolest thing about this issue is the ties it has to “Hellboy in Hell” it will be interesting to see if this series and Abe Sapien’s new series continue to tie into BPRD.
The art is top notch; Peter Snejbjerg does a killer job of giving these giving the characters a realistic look even though the style itself remains on the cartoony side of the spectrum. This style is pretty different than the average BPRD book since most of the artists give a sketchy look to their illustrations, which is the bread and butter of Mike Mignola. Snejbjerg doesn’t have this element but is still able to use shadows just as effectively. As always, Dave Stewart gives the book life through his colour choices and shading abilities.
This arc has not been my favourite arc from BPRD but it makes good ties to other books and elaborates on the Russian occult history.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd