“BPRD: Hell on Earth” has been heating up over the last little while leading up to Lake of Fire as all characters within it have established their roles. With “Abe Sapien” and “Hellboy in Hell” having ended their arcs for the moment, the spotlight shines on Liz Sherman’s return from limbo and the impact she will have on the story. I have a strong feeling that something big is going to happen with this arc, Mike Migonla and John Arcudi have been spinning quite the tale to date and this book continues the trend.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ART BY: Tyler Crook
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: September 18th
Fenix and Liz Sherman are primarily focused upon as their roles in the ongoing have been lacking for the past while, especially Liz. In this issue we gain some insight into how Fenix’s special ability to sense of the future, after playing such a significant role in the future of BPRD (shot Abe Sapien) it’s interesting to see just exactly what makes this tough chick tick. When her power was first revealed I couldn’t imagine just exactly how she receives these feelings, this having been revealed something I never could have dreamed up and adds a real twist to her. Liz’s story on the flipside isn’t about gaining insight into her past or even her absence from BPRD since her run in with Black Flame, Liz is beginning to uncover a plot involving mutated flesh and your average animal test subjects.
The pacing is moderately slow at the onset but does pick up pace as Liz Sherman’s story builds tension towards the end of the issue. With Liz’s re-emergence in the story it’s pretty clear Mignola and Arcudi have elevated the book to another level, ending this issue off by putting an exclamation point on that statement. One of the best things about the writing is the fact that there are so many different character plot lines that the mood can change astonishingly from one panel to another.
The art in this book by Tyler Crook has a Mignola feel to it with the use of minimal lines and a focus of shadows throughout the panels. Some of the panels with Fenix’s special ability are quite freaky and, even though they’re being depicted in perfect daylight, the images still give off a dark ominous feeling. I love Rafael Albuquerque’s work on “American Vampire” and I can’t help but mention his stunning cover. The best part is that unless you’ve read the issue the meaning is lost on you.
Solid read, Liz Sherman’s Situation is getting real heavy and I’m looking forward to seeing just what the story has in mind for her.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd
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