Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Hellboy Project: B.P.R.D.: King of Fear #1-5

Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
Art by Guy Davis

This is a huge BPRD arc in so many ways.  We get the last major confrontation between the Bureau, the Frogs, the subterranean dudes, and the Black Flame, which looks to have massive repercussions for future story arcs.  We get some really interesting character moments, like the ones between Kate and Bruno that happen in the first issue, as they work to lay Lobster Johnson to rest and hopefully restore Johann.  There's also some very cool stuff happening with Abe Sapien.

As usual, this is an excellent comic, but this arc is extra special because of the way it finishes off so many storylines and sub-plots, some of which had been running for sixteen years.

As often happens in stories like this, the actual final confrontation feels quick and anti-climactic, but I read this book for the characters, and in that sense, this story didn't disappoint at all.

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