B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Volume 1 Paperback – November 4, 2014
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About the Author
- Publisher : Dark Horse Books (November 4, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 408 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1595826750
- ISBN-13 : 978-1595826756
- Item Weight : 1.95 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.66 x 0.8 x 10.15 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #790,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
Most of the rest of stories, the ones that occupy more than half of this volume that feels like an omnibus, are mostly dull or, in one case, bad. The art in them are good, although in my opinion some should be darker to fit the topic, the issue are the stories. Have you read comic books after the event when a popular character dies? Usually they are quite boring as you have pages of other characters depressed and remembering the moments they shared with the temporally deceased; here some stories are the same, Hellboy is no more in the B P.R.D. so time to recall him and to get adventures to recall the true meaning of friendship -_- The bad story is the one by Brian Augustyn, 'Dark Waters', in a town the police calls the B.P.R.D. as if they were the Scooby Doo team, all white men are evil or/and idiotic, the good people are everybody that is not white or women. So there is no story, just the writer telling you that your skin and gender makes you good or bad (-_-') a posture to oppose discrimination shouldn't be done by discriminating. But well, this half is mostly forgettable.
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.
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.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2019
I won't spoil things, but I do highly recommend this to anyone with a taste for Mignola's weird world.