Mignola and company reignite the vampire storyline from BPRD with the first issue of BPRD: Vampire, which is set in 1948 to continue to expand history of this universe. This book takes on a much different look than the greater portion of anything by Mignola, this is no doubt a result of the two co-creators and artists Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon. This issue is a tad on the slow side but this does not take away from the overall effect of issue and it sets up some early tension for the next 4 issues of this story arc.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola, Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
ART BY: Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: March 27th
This book centers around Agent Anders who has recently been on a downward spiral of anger that he believes goes much deeper than any simple mortal issue. It doesn’t take a genius to infer as to what immortal beings are involved with a comic title like “BPRD: Vampire”, but yes Agent Ander’s issues are entwined with these creatures of the night.
The book starts off with some very eerie imagery and gives some quick insight on the vampires involved in the story, though it doesn’t reveal anything damning, it does create an air of mystery that seems to be a theme throughout this issue at least. The pace does pick up from here as is customary with most first issues we are introduced to characters involved and skim the surface of the plot. For people who are unfamiliar with this era of BPRD there are many books that precede this one, but it does constitute a solid jump on points for fans of horror to sink their teeth into.
Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon do an excellent job laying out their story and building up the tension for coming issues. These two are also at the helm for the in the art for this book which I am torn as to how I feel about it. The images in background or scenery are spot on; excellent detail, use of shading and all around atmospheric effect, on the other hand I’m not a fan of their artistic style for the characters of the story. When I think BPRD or anything Mignola, my mind’s eye projects a certain type of style that this book is just doesn’t fit, especially with reference to characters and shadows.
Artistic differences aside, this book is off to a promising start.
Reviewed by – GreenBarstard