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  • Series: B.P.R.D.
  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; First Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595826092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595826091
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.3 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age and reading Dracula at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered. In 1993 Mike created Hellboy-- a half-demon occult detective who may or may not be the Beast of the Apocalypse. While the first story line, Seed of Destruction, was co-written by John Byrne, Mike has continued writing the series himself. There are numerous Hellboy graphic novel collections with more on the way, several spin-off titles (BPRD, Lobster Johnson, Abe Sapien and Witchfinder), three anthologies of prose stories, several novels, two animated films, and two live action films staring Ron Perlman. Hellboy has earned numerous comic industry awards and is published in a great many countries. The author lives in Los Angeles, CA.. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I love this guy's work, he has an amazing style.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Mounts on February 10, 2011
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I just received this B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs volume 1 hardcover today and I am impressed. In reading them all previously, it was refreshing to reread them and have so many in a convenient and classy package. Mike Mignola's writing has a similar but different feel than his Hellboy volumes. It's very much an excellent compliment to the Hellbuy arc, similar in tone but different enough in a variety of ways that expand the world of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.. With a variety of visual talent, B.P.R.D. explores the endless possibilities and depth of the individual B.P.R.D. characters, mostly sidelined in previous Hellboy arcs. Here, old characters are expanded and new characters are introduced. I can't wait for the next volumes to continue in this trend. The stories get even better beyond the issues offered here. As the stories progress, the mythology gets even tighter and more rewarding emotionally as each story deepens a rich plot and gives each character, new and old, excellent development. The stories are fun and unpredictable. Above all, this series really allows Guy Davis to shine. For those of you who have not yet read passed this volume, just wait. It gets even better.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dekay on January 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This long waited hardcover is another great format for the series. Though I favor larger format books this collection is a perfect size for on the go reading. It is quite thick but yet compact enough to stuff in a shoulder bag backpack. Also the way its made is pretty good quality, I did not find any problems with my copy. I own all the trades but had to double dip on this series its one of my all time favorites. I love the folklore, horror, and military aspects of this book. This is where the frog war begins and also as stated where johan and lobster johnson make a first appearance (who are two of my favorite characters). I recommend this book to anyone who's just starting bprd or a fan that just want something more sturdy than a trade paperback of a great series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam Hasser on February 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If like me you are new to BPRD (or Hellboy, technically you should start with HB but this works too), this is a great place to start. 3 volumes for the price of 2 in an awesome HC edition! The two big draws for me were Hollow Earth and Plague of Frogs. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the other short stories but the two stories I mentioned are the start of a much bigger story. I can't wait for the next three volumes of The Plague of Frogs!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Lidster TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
While many series of varying quality are getting the 'Deluxe Hardcover Omnibus' treatment, few deserve it more than the 1600 page epic that has been retrospectively dubbed the 'BPRD: Plague of Frogs' cycle. Beginning as a spin-off series following Hellboy's departure from the 'Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense' (for Hollywood and Guillermo Del Toro's excellent comic-film adaptation), the title began as a showcase for talented writers and artists to enter the Mignolaverse via a single-issue tale. The first two of the three trade paperbacks collected in this beautifully produced 408 page omnibus are made up of these early 'one-shots'. Artists like Ryan Sook, Scott Kolins and Cameron Stewart provide pleasing new perspectives on each character, and the writing is mostly entertaining, occasionally great, rarely mediocre or worse. It is the last third of the volume, collecting the original 'Plague of Frogs' series, that makes Volume 1 a must own. Guy Davis takes his place as the BPRD regular artist, a 60+-issue run that will see him win the Eisner award for Best Penciller-Inker, and win over thousands of fans initially baffled that Mike Mignola would choose Davis' idiosyncratic, sketchy interpretation of European styles, rather than someone closer to his own brilliant and distinctive chiaroscuro. It is not until Volume 2, with the story following the Mignola scripted 'Plague of Frogs', titled simply 'The Dead', that writer John Arcudi completes the team line-up (which also includes star colorist Dave Stewart). Arcudi and Davis will go on to produce some of the most fascinating, emotionally engaging and consistently thrilling sequential art in mainstream comics.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blake Sims on January 28, 2011
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I had only read a few scattered issues of the ongoing BPRD stories, and even fewer of the preceding Hellboy stories. However I never felt lost while reading this book. It was highly entertaining, the stories and art were a treat to read. The best example being Guy Davis. I love this guy's work, he has an amazing style. Looking forward to the 2nd volume whenever it comes out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. East on October 10, 2013
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I purchased this as an upgrade to my paperback collections, and I'm extremely impressed by the quality of the edition. It's an absolutely massive tome collecting everything B.P.R.D. from the first arc, Hollow Earth, through the titular of Plague of Frogs proper. If you are a fan of the series looking to upgrade your collection, this is an essential purchase. If you'd like it to more closely match up with the Hellboy Library Editions, you can remove the dust jacket for a similarly black cover. Be aware that these aren't any larger than the trades, though the quality is a significant step up.

So why not give a higher rating? The simple reason is that this is a mixed collection, and potential new fans need to hear that. There's the feeling that the contributors didn't really know what they were aiming for and didn't yet have the best idea for who could best depict the series. Early stories subtly seem to say, "Boy, I wish Hellboy were here," while the art varies wildly in style and quality. B.P.R.D. currently has a more varied stable of contributors than what you'll see throughout these hardcover collections, but it's clear that each one brings particular strengths to the series; here you get the artistic equivalent of trying on shirts to find the one that looks best.

Fortunately, this collection ends with Plague of Frogs, which is where the series found its feet. From that point on, in addition to consistent artwork, there's a commitment to long-form stories. If you are leery of comics because they can be so slight, Plague of Frogs will show you that B.P.R.D. is, in many ways, a string of serialized novels that offer both a quick pace and a substantial amount of content.
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Mike Mignola is best known as the multiple award-winning creator, writer, and artist of "B.P.R.D." and "Hellboy", but has fostered several other projects like "The Amazing Screw-On Head" and "Baltimore" with Christopher Golden. Although he began working as a professional cartoonist in the early 1980s, drawing 'a little bit of everything for just about everybody' - including characters like Batman and Wolverine - he was also a production designer on the Disney film "Atlantis: The Lost Empire". Mignola also acted as a visual consultant to Guillermo del Toro on "Blade 2" and the film versions of Hellboy, which were broadly adapted by del Toro from the original comic series. Mike Mignola currently lives in southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.