B.P.R.D. is tearing it up with its newest story arc “B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Wasteland”. The world is in a grim place to say the least and this book perfectly captures the post-apocalyptic theme, which has become so poplar in contemporary fiction. It’s incredible how John Arcudi can write a story that has such intense horror. Coupled with fantastic illustrations and colouring, this issue mark one of my most anticipated B.P.R.D. arcs this year.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ART BY: Laurence Campbell
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: June 19th, 2013
Upon finishing his journal entry in Issue #1, Johann, the non-tangible agent of B.P.R.D., notices a frightening amount of eyes glaring at him and his team from the bushes. This moment sets the tone for the whole book as one confrontation follows another with the new denizens of Earth and their ghastly red mist which has the ability to mutate humans if inhaled. The story never slows; pages fly by as the wasteland that Illinois has become is displayed in a fashion that is reminiscent of 28 Days Later. The red mist adds an eerie feel to the book as it rolls across the panels, and the presence of the mutated humans doggedly on the agents’ trail gives the book an addition thrill that isn’t always present.
Mike Mignola’s Dark Horse universe is constantly expanding and John Arcudi has taken on the writing for much of the comics that spill forth. I find this issue is particularly different from many other titles John has written. The story has an extra oomph to it that shows how he can change his style from book to book. This story is easy to follow and will keep you on the edge of your seat with all the events that take place throughout. With only one issue remaining in the arc, it will be interesting to see what path the characters follow: mission success or death?
The story may be the meat and potatoes of a comic book but the art is really the pièce de résistance as Laurence Campbell is responsible for bringing the story to life. The atmosphere is very dark as the team finds themselves isolated and the images perfectly relay this message through a realistic yet sketchy art style. The images themselves are never overly detailed but this lack of detail is what helps with the atmosphere. Dave Stewart’s colours juxtaposes vibrancy with dark shading which helps greatly with mood as well.
I truly am enjoying this arc. The writing and the art are stellar, making this a top notch entry into the B.P.R.D. canon.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd