With all the craziness of B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth, it’s hard to imagine what the future will look like for the team, which is why writer John Arcudi will be looking to the past this October. In order to offer a lesson in B.P.R.D. History 101, Arcudi goes back to 1948 in the New Mexico. The 5-issue miniseries is a continuation of the “1947” storyline and it features art by Max Fiumara. CBR Spoke with the writer about the new series and you can check out what Arcudi had to say about his blast from the past below.
“[‘B.P.R.D.: 1948’] takes place at a military facility in the New Mexico desert during some rather unusual nuclear testing: the use of low-grade nuclear bombs to propel spacecraft,” Arcudi told CBR. “It’s loosely based on the actual events surrounding Project Orion — perhaps as a result of these tests, Professor Bruttenholm and a B.P.R.D. crew (fronted by Stegner and Anders) come to New Mexico to investigate a strange series of sightings of some horrifying monsters. There, the Professor meets Anna Rieu, a brilliant and beautiful physicist. Seems like a match made in heaven, and sparks do fly — but all kinds of sparks! Meanwhile, Anders proves to be a smoldering problem that comes to head at maybe the worst possible time.”
“We’ve moved away from Nazis in 1948 as we transition to the next phase of the B.P.R.D.’s history,” Arcudi explained. “For that focus to shift we needed to get away from Nazis and from Europe for a bit.
“This series also has more of a science-fiction vibe than horror,” he continued, “but the spookiest of science fiction vibes, I hope. I’m depending on Max Fiumara to keep me honest on that front.”