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B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Volume 1 Paperback – November 4, 2014
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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.Read more ›
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YOU HAD BETTER QUIT DELAYING AND BRING HELL BOY BACK TO THE BPRD QUICK LIKE A LITTLE BUNNY OR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR READERS.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
There is a 4 hard cover book trade paper back series of the plague of frogs stories. Of you love or just like Hellboy this is for u & a cheap way to get them all in 4 different... Read morePublished 10 months ago by MN. FATTS
I've read many of the Hellboy issues but have tended to ignore the B.P.R.D. tales, so I was pleased to read this beautifully produced anthology of stories from the good folks at... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tim Field
There is no barrier to entry with this book. You do not need to have read Hellboy to enjoy B.P.R.D: Plague of Frogs volume 1. Everything here is presented in chronological order. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tyler Goulet
Art and story is topnotch. That alone would've gotten 5 stars from me but... (there's always a "but") the book binding could be better though. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by Loren de Guzman
Good quality book. Paper is nice. Colors are good. Great choice to get caught up all at once on B.P.R.D. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer