Friday, October 21, 2011

BPRD Hell on Earth - Russia #2

Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
Art by Tyler Crook

Putting Dave Johnson on covers for this title and the Abe Sapien mini-series was really a very good idea.  I've missed his cover work since he stopped working on Unknown Soldier a while ago; there is just about no one better at covers than him in the business.

This Russia arc is really pretty cool.  It's always a good idea to explore counterparts of characters in other nations, and it's a comics tradition to have those counterparts be Russian, so even though the Cold War is long over, this concept works here.

As it turns out, the Russian BPRD, called the SSS, is run by a monster, Iosif, who we last saw in the Abe Sapien Abyssal Plain mini-series (which I know I read, but can't really remember at the moment).  We learn why he needs the Bureau's help, which is pretty specific to Johann's talent set.  Johann's been acting very weird for a while now, so it's good to see him returning to his usual function.  I would have liked for there to have been at least one scene devoted to what's going on with Abe though.

Crook's art is continuing to impress me.  There is a full-page spread where Johann meets the person at the centre of this mission, which is very nice looking.  The person in chains looks like he could have been drawn by Bá or Moon, which is the highest praise possible from me these days.

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