- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse (June 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593072880
- ISBN-13: 978-1593072889
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Customer Reviews: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,768,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
B.P.R.D. Volume 3: Plague of Frogs Paperback – March 8, 2005
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Hellboy spinoff B.P.R.D. finally comes into its own in the long story constituting the third collection of the comic book. Plague of Frogs explains where B.P.R.D. regular Abe Sapiens, who is amphibious, came from. It's what's known in the superhero biz as an origins story, and it implies that Abe is an emanation in a time loop. He has a -nineteenth-century manifestation that he accesses from the present via something like the astral plane. No birth-equivalent is suggested, so whether Abe exists in other periods, too, is an open question. The revelation about Abe arises from a series-typical spooky caper involving highly evolved fungi escaping from a secret lab with the aid of a possessed professor, an outbreak of frog-monsters traceable to a cult that has taken over a small New England town, a fiery showdown of cult-and-monsters versus Abe and his Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense colleagues, and Abe's near-death. Writer-artist Mignola surrenders drawing duties to Davis, whose broader palette, suppler line, and more intricate backgrounds serve an often-dialogueless scenario superbly. Ray Olson
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Be aware that although Mike Mignola drew the cover and wrote the story, the pencils were done by Guy Davis. In my opinion, if Mignola wasn't able to draw it, Guy Davis would be my next choice for anything Hellboy-related. However, Davis's art style is fairly different from Mignola's, so keep that in mind.
The Highlights: Great story, great art, and lots of tie-ins to the Hellboy storyline. The origin of Abraham Sapien is revealed! (though of course it raises many more questions). This story features the frog monsters and Rasputin from the first Hellboy story (Seed of Destruction). It also has an afterword by Mike Mignola and an eight page sketchbook of Davis's work and some of Mignola's notes.
Things to Consider: The story comes to a close, but it doesn't tie all of the loose ends up. This is because the story of the B.P.R.D. continues in other volumes. It left me wanting more, but not disappointed. There is also a little bit of recapping Hellboy stories that relate to this story. It didn't bother me in the slightest, but some people are bugged by that sort of thing. I felt like those parts added context to the story and didn't take up much space.
This is my favorite B.P.R.D. collection so far (out of 1-3), and it left me excited to read more! If you are worried about prior knowledge, this one takes care of that for you, and whether or not you know a lot about the B.P.R.D. it is a fun read! There should be more comics with giant fungus creatures and evil frog men!
The first issue (March 3, 2004) featured a cover by Guy Davis.
The BPRD's enhanced talents taskforce are called in to investigate when Professor Derby infiltrates a classified research facility in New Jersey and shoots dead Dr. Platt who has been working on scientific research into fungi and has grown a giant specimen in the lab.
The second issue (April 7, 2004) featured a cover by Guy Davis.
Abe, Kate, Liz, Roger and Johann have returned to B.P.R.D. headquarters with a captured frog monster and Director Manning reveals that the spore Dr. Platt had based his experiments on had recently been recovered from the ruins of Cavendish Hall and belong to the monstrous Sadu-Hem.
The third issue (May 5, 2004) featured a cover by Guy Davis.
The team crash at Crab Point, Michigan Roger is strung up by a frog monster and Johann is dispersed leaving Kate to search for help whilst Abe and Liz face the demonic priest of Sadu-Hem who has summoned forth the frog monsters.
The fourth issue (June 2, 2004) featured a cover by Guy Davis.
The entire town of Crab Point, Michigan has been converted into frog monsters and it is left to Liz to rescue Kate from a graveyard of revenants whilst Sapien faces execution at the behest of Rasputin who seeks revenge for Abe Sapien's involvement in his own death at Cavendish Hall years before.
The fifth issue (July 7, 2004) featured a cover by Guy Davis.
Kate, Liz and Johann (temporarily inhabiting the rotting corpse of a dead dog) rush to save Abe whilst he hovers between life and death experiencing a mystical vision in which he witnesses his own origins as an undersea explorer called Caul caught up in the assassination of Abe Lincoln.
The five issues were compiled and reprinted in the trade paperback B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs (February 23, 2005, ISBN 978-1-59307-288-9), which also included an eight-page sketchbook with art from Davis and one page of thumbnails and scripts by Mignola.
It's a bit heavy, so have a good bed or desk to lay the book one while you read it.
I bought all 4 volumes at the same time, so all my reviews are pretty much the same. Roll with it.