With events in Russia being relatively wrapped up for the Bureau and their Russian counter parts, the story moves back to North America with its newest arc B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Wasteland, where the always lovable Johann takes center stage. The role of Laurence Campbell as illustrator for this book gives it a very different look and feel to it than most B.P.R.D. issues. The story line for “Hell on Earth” is really heating up and this arc looks to be one of the best of the bunch.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ART BY: Laurence Campbell
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: May 15th, 2013
The Bureau has agents scattered across America in an effort to subdue the cataclysmic events that are transpiring, but when one of those parties goes missing, it’s up to a team lead by the undead German Agent Johann to investigate their disappearance. This isn’t where the book starts off though. It opens with the team around a campfire and all but their fearless leader are attempting to catch some Zs. The book then flashes back to bring us up to speed on the events that lead to this campfire.
Mike Mignola and John Arcudi have really built something great here, and considering that Johann has been on the sidelines since his episode in Canada it’s great to see him back in the field. This book is simply laid out, has a little intrigue at the start to get you hooked, then flashes back to bring you up to speed on that opening hook. This book is packed full of action. As is inevitable with all “Hell on Earth” books, the monsters attack from one direction or another. Even though this is the first issue in a new arc, it doesn’t have that slow build, it just jumps feet first into the story and never stops coming.
I’m unfamiliar with Laurence Campbell’s work and have rarely been exposed to different styles of art when it comes to the Mignola universe. Sery rarely do artists deviate from the style that Mignola has built this world upon. Campbell is his own entity entirely, a very realistic look the book, even the monsters themselves have an incredibly life-like look that gives them an additional frightening factor. Dave Stewart gives the pages the final touches as he weaves magic with his colour pallet, accenting the incredibly realistic imagery with tones and shading that help Campbell’s art come to life.
I’m very impressed with this “B.P.R.D.” issue, the event needed a good shake up, and this is just what the doctor ordered.
Reviewed by – GreenBastard