Review: ‘B.P.R.D.: Vampire’ #5

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“B.P.R.D.: Vampire” has been a rollercoaster ride over the past 4 issues, the story has developed into a horror comic that sets itself above the bar. This final chapter dots the I’s and crosses the T’s as the create team wrap up loose ends while still managing to leave that mysterious allure that has been present throughout the run. I look forward to seeing more work from Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon; I love when the authors are also the illustrators since they’re able to create the exact visual story they’ve envisioned and it comes across clearly in this issue.

WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon
ART BY: Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: 3.50
RELEASE DATE: July 31, 2013

What with the climatic events of the previous issue it is understandable that this book acts as epilogue for the story arc. A much slower pace that resolves the situation with Agent Anders’ terrifying realization. This book is on the slow side, as Professor Brunholm seeks out whatever Simon Anders has become, which is evidently an all-powerful vampire hell bent on revenge. Brunholm is forced to confront his former friend and is overwhelmed by the complete and utter transformation that has occurred. As the book comes to an end it’s clear that this isn’t the last we’ll see of the rogue agent or his undead enemies.

Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon have worked together seamlessly throughout their run on “B.P.R.D.: Vampire”. I was quite unfamiliar with their work but have quickly become a fan. I remember being a skeptic of their first two issues but as the story became darker and more twisted it became clear that these two are highly skilled at pacing the book and allowing subtle foreshadowing that blow the book up in the 3rd and 4th issues.

One of my favourite parts about this creative team is their art work and its reflection of the mood within the story. As the book becomes darker so does their art work, taking on a sketchier and twisted look. Dave Stewart also adds to this dimension as his ability to add life to illustrations is uncanny and warrants the continual recognition he receives for his work.

This arc is very different than many other B.P.R.D .stories in circulation as it combines the classic themes of the series with the seldom seen vampire aspect that is underlying throughout Mignola’s universe. It will be interesting to see the next phase of historic B.P.R.D. story line.

3.5/5 Skulls

Reveiwed by- GreenBasterd