“BPRD: Vampire” has completely won me over with its 4th issue. I was not all that intrigued initially since I’m currently more into its “Hell on Earth” event and the “Abe Sapien” title. However, Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon have developed this into a thrilling story as the action is taken up another notch this week. I’m looking forward to the conclusion in the coming 5th issue of this eerie story arc.
STORY BY: Mike Mignola, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon
ART BY: Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: June 26
The previous issue showed Anderson’s transformation into something darker and more powerful than the B.P.R.D. Agent ever thought possible as he battled his undead quarry Wilhelm. This book begins with a flashback that helps explain Anderson’s present powers, after this event the momentum of the book takes off as a group of witches seek to destroy him. This is the most exciting book in the arc as action finally takes precedence, but the artwork steals the show.
Bá and Moon have taken this book to new heights. When the series began I wasn’t a fan of the artistic style and overly interested in Anderson’s tale. Issue after issue I found myself being more drawn into the plot and becoming more wowed by the illustrating as the story has slowly become far more dark twisted and evil than how it began. We have seen Anderson grow into a new character and as he made this transformation Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon were able to adapt the art to mimic the overall mood change of the book. I was unfamiliar with this pair, but they have really done a great job creating this chapter in Mike Mignola’s universe.
There are a several panels that have such profound imagery. Fires blaze throughout the woods as Anderson’s arachnid shadowy form battles creatures of the witches. In previous issues there have been some colour and monsters, but nothing on the scale of this book. All the images look disturbing as the art itself has taken on a sinister look. Dave Stewart does an incredible job with the colour pallet as the darkness and light are in constant battle throughout the panels.
I’m incredibly impressed by how far this book has come from its first issue to now. Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon have showcased their abilities as both writers and artists. This book finishes with a decent cliff hanger so it will be interesting to see how the final installment plays out.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd