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B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Volume 4: The Devil's Engine & The Long Death Paperback – December 4, 2012
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As good as the story is, the artist James Harren deserves special mention for his outstanding work, drawing what is one of the goriest BPRD stories I've read in a good while. He draws the Wendigo amazingly too, giving him this profound sadness in his silent panels, and the Wendigo's close-up expression on his face before fighting the were-jaguar? Extraordinary. The background art is beautiful too, he really captures the stillness and eeriness of the snowy woods at night perfectly.There is a massive fight between Wendigo and were-jaguar in this story that I didn't expect to be as epic as it was but Harren does a marvellous job with the action. The characters move on the page and I loved how Wendigo's movements seemed believable despite his figure being wholly unreal.
Not that "The Devil's Engine" is bad, it just isn't as inspired as "The Long Death". In this one Agent Devon is escorting Fenix and her dog, Bruiser, back to BPRD HQ but finds trouble when their train derails and some kind of spider monsters chase them in the middle of a desert. It's a testament to Mike Mignola and John Arcudi's storytelling abilities that they're able to take 2 characters, Johann Krauss and Agent Devon, who, when the series started out, were solely background characters but are now the leads of a book - and you care about them as much as you would if it were Hellboy and Abe in their roles. Johann especially is becoming more and more likeable.Read more ›
The scope and complexity of the 'Mignolaverse' grew exponentially when the BPRD and Hellboy went their separate ways. John Arcudi took the 'Plague of Frogs' storyline in exciting and always unpredictable directions, and Guy Davis emerged as a singular artistic force, with Eisner awards confirming the critical and popular acclaim he so richly deserved.Read more ›
This collected edition has two unrelated 3-issue mini-series from the "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" series, "The Devil's Engine" and "The Long Death." Both series continue a trend I have noticed in the last few "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" mini-series. They are humanizing the cannon fodder. In the old days, when Hellboy, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and B.P.R.D. Agent Billy Redshirt went on a mission together, the odds were pretty good (as in 100%) that Agent Redshirt's life was going to be short. The human arm of the B.P.R.D. seemed to be there mostly to provide appetizers or bait to whatever monstrosity the monster squad arm of the B.P.R.D. was batting. Not anymore.
With the major players out of action, the humans are having to fend for themselves. Sure, there are a few supernormals left, but they are few and far between and not the heavy hitters that Hellboy is. Now it is up to people like agent Andrew Devon to save the day, and he might not make it.
"The Devil's Engine" is a sequel to B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Gods and Monsters. The psychic homeless girl Fenix is being transported by to somewhere they can put her abilities to use.Read more ›
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I wish BPRD as a whole would get a bit more, idk, flashy i guess.
They have a nice universe but in comparison to Hellboy I never feel like they get any storylines really... Read more
Even though I miss Guy Davis' art - this artist is great and I will make the adjustment I'm sure. All of the Hellboy family of comics are great fun and this collection carries on... Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Stew Weldon