Things are coming full circle in “B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Lake of Fire” as many intricate storylines throughout the past year begin to click together in what no doubt will be a defining story arc for the series. Liz Sherman and Fenix have been sitting on the back burner for too long and Johann Kraus is prepared for war. So far all three installments of this five part run have major had revelations that will impact the B.P.R.D. world. Mike Mignola and John Arcudi have been building and building over the past year and it seems the stars have aligned, as many important issues come to the forefront.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ART BY: Tyler Crook
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: October 16th, 2013
Having been absent from the B.P.R.D. since she extinguished the Black Flame, crippled Liz Sherman (both physically and supernaturally) is in the fight for her life as she attempts to reactive her combustion producing abilities while fleeing massive mutated beasts. Liz has been unable to use her abilities for some time but having been able to destroy Black Flame once, unlocking that ability may be the only hope humanity has. After what seems like an eternity Zinco Corporation is brought back into the story. Johann has been so focused on missions he has forgotten the hopes he had to have a stable body to poses. As this arc moves on we have learned more about Fenix’s abilities, with her own situation needing guidance her past comes back to haunt her… Literally.
The pacing is spot on. The short lulls between action sequences are full of information that have massive impacts on the story. Mike Mignola and John Arcudi have been prepping part of the story of a long while, many previous Hell on Earth story arcs have lead up to Lake of Fire. As major B.P.R.D. story lines are pulled together, there will be a greater over effect to the whole of Mignolaverse. Abe Sapien and Hellboy will likely play intricate roles in the climatic event, with Fenix, Liz Sherman, and Johann Kraus beginning their peaks, it will be wild to see how the inevitable crossover will pay out.
Tyler Crook does an awesome job. His images tends to reflect the situation; the art is simple when there is dialogue between characters but get very complex when action sequences unfold. Rafael Albuquerque has been adding his skills lately for the covers and it’s great to see.
This week definitely blows the story wide open, and with only two issues remaining there is little doubt lots will be going on.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd