As far as the comic realm goes I am relatively new to Hellboy let alone the BPRD books affiliated with the big red bastard. I’ve always been a huge fan of the del Toro films, but I just never got around to reading the source material. When I picked up Dark Horse’s newest BPRD series, BPRD Hell on Earth: The Long Death, I was devastated by the fact that I am so far behind the times! Why wasn’t I reading more of this earlier! Blood and gore galore (see what I did there?), a big mean cat-creature from hell, and the spectral wonder Johann Kraus; where could you go wrong? I think I’ve found my new obsession. Read on for the skinny…
Being unfamiliar to the BPRD world I was thankful for a little historical back drop on our friend Johann. I worried that I would be a little lost having no real clue why was the BPRD crew had so much invested so in this case. Luckily, Mike Mignola and John Arcudi got me up to speed real fast, providing some backstory at the beginning of the issue to include new blood (like myself). From then on, the pace of the story pushed hard till reaching the climatic bloody battle, that I wish I could witness in real life. The antagonist of this book is one bad ass creature and the link he has to Krause makes him all the more alluring as an enemy. Turning the pages, I found myself continuously wondering, “how in gods name will the team bring this beast down?” considering what happened at the end of Hell on Earth 1. I wont ruin the surprise because that would be heartless, but its safe to say if you read this book there will be no disappointment.
As a fan of outrageous gore and vivid colour I was similarly appeased by the artwork; the art itself has a sketchy look to it that reminds me of The Walking Dead, but for avid fans of BPRD, you can expect to see the same high quality artwork you always get. The dark shades contrasted with the vibrant colours help set the eerie mood of the story, and it gives a certain supernatural feel. The bright colour attracts the eye to the detailed blood and intestines; everyone’s favorite.
I was pleasantly surprised by this title, and I am quite confident that I will be reading as much BPRD as I can get my hands on while I await the next issue in the Hell On Earth storyline. Whether you’ve been reading Mignola’s work since day one, or you’re are a complete newbie like me, you’ll want to follow this series.