- Series: B.P.R.D.
- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (November 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595826750
- ISBN-13: 978-1595826756
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Volume 1 Paperback – November 4, 2014
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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..
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Top customer reviews
Instead of buying 12 trades, you can buy 4 of these books for roughly the same price if you're smart about used copies or just get lucky.
You don't need to know MUCH about the universe of MIke Mignola to understand. Just know that Hellboy left the BPRD and now some of the men and creatures working for it are unsure about their future in the Government Organization.
They investigate monsters, creatures, and other stuff. Pretty standard stuff. You get to learn more about Lobster Johnson, Roger, and Abe Sapien which is PERFECT because they are all great characters.
It's a fine introduction to the Universe, too, and not bogged down too much in continuity but sort of creates it's own without relying too much on Hellboy.
Pick it up! Even if you've never read Mignola before this is a fine beginning place!
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.
If you can accommodate your expectations and remember that the series only goes up from here, Plague of Frogs Volume 1 is a great purchase.If you are a newcomer, this is absolutely the best way to experience a fantastic series, and you should start from the beginning despite the teething problems.