This week has been long anticipated for BPRD fans as “The Devil’s Engine” comes to a gut busting conclusion. It’s a nice wrap up to the arc, and it will only leave readers wanting more “Hell on Earth”. As always the art is fantastic and the story escalates the “Hell on Earth” story line further as the forces of darkness continue to strive for mayhem and destruction. With “The Devil’s Engine” ending its three-part arc this week and “Exorcism” closing out its two-part arc next week, all I can do is salivate in anticipation of the next BPRD installment.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ART BY: Tyler Crook
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
RELEASE: July 18th
Never did I doubt Mike Mignola and John Arcudi with their “The Devil’s Engine” story arc, after the first issue I was on the fence a bit. As the story developed, however, any doubts I previously held were thrown out the window as a trifecta of monsters decide Andrew and Fenix are going to be their newest snack. On the flip side of the story Mr. Marsten is continuing his pursuit of creating life with Kroenen’s necromantic powers. Well, the shit has definitely hit the fan for Andrew and Fenix and it would be hard to be more pleased with the result; a gun, quick thinking and balls of steel make for an epic end to this arc. This book also opens up doors for future issues as we find out why Fenix shot Abe and also more of what is going on at Zinc, both of which undoubtedly will come into player in later story arcs. The thing I enjoyed most about this issue was how Mignola and Arcudi kept me guessing; many times the images have you believe Andrew and or Fenix are going to get mercilessly slaughtered but a subtle twist and its all gravy.
The art is one of my favorite components of this piece, it is more on the cartoony side but it has a realistic look to it that isn’t common in books outside the BPRD universe. This is especially true with the detail put in with guts and organs; you can tell this comic is not meant for the squeamish because the detail of the gore is intense. I mean, really intense.
There we have it, another story arc in the BPRD world comes to a close but don’t let that get you down! With “Exorcism” next week ending that means a brand spanking new arc is right around the corner and I doubt this is the last we’ve seen of any of the characters involved.
Reviewed by –GreenBasterd