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  • Series: B.P.R.D.
  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (January 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595826092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595826091
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,997 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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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.

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The stories are fun and unpredictable.
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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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11 of 11 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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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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8 of 8 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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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 Corey Lidster 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BK on February 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm a sucker for Omnibi and just had to check this one out when I came across it.

Now I'm NOT a fan of the whole fantasy, folklore genre but B.P.R.D. is a big exception. It's a detective team story in a world full of demons and trolls and whatever fantasy creations you could possibly think of. Expand the limits of your imagination for a bit, and you should be able to enjoy B.P.R.D.

The first couple stories are simply stand-alone miniseries that have their ups and downs but the big highlight is the five-isue Plague of Frogs miniseries. I loved the art but I can understand that it might not be for everyone. There is a couple of decent Mignola impersonators featured here but the majority of B.P.R.D art is a drastically different in a good way. It gives B.P.R.D. its own vibe, allowing it to stand strong without Hellboy.

The collection is far from perfect, but I found myself enjoying the ride overall. Again, an open mind is required for you to like B.P.R.D. Underneath its quite frankly ridiculous premises, it is quality storytelling.

The physical book itself is awesome, not oversized like the Hellboy Library editions, and with a good collection of bonus artwork. Best of all, the price-to-pages ratio is amazing!
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