|Cthulhu-esque, supernatural creatures such as the one referenced in B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Russia #1, |
with story by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi with art by Tyler Crook, are always a threat to appear!
CBR end-of-year "Top Comics," is Dark Horse's B.P.R.D. A spin-off from Mike Mignola's Hellboy, B.P.R.D. the continuing adventures of the organization which took Hellboy in, the The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. Charged with protecting America and the world from the occult, paranormal and supernatural, the B.P.R.D. employs the services of several "enhanced talent" (supernaturally powered persons), most notably the aforementioned Hellboy. While Hellboy quit the B.P.R.D. years ago, and subsequently, "died", Abe Sapien and Johann Krauss, both recognizable from the successful Guillermo del Toro films, remain central to the stories. Additionally, there are a number of human agents featured.
|No character is safe from occult body-horror mutations; |
from B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror #1.
Another advantage for newer fans is that in 2010 the primary B.P.R.D. series and all ancillary titles (as well as the entire world of Hellboy, for that matter) completed its first cycle. Eventually, this entire initial run of related sixty-eight issues was rebranded as "The Plague of Frogs" cycle.
This was followed by a second cycle, which we are still in. Titles in this most recent cycle bear the subtitle "Hell on Earth." Beginning with what would be the one hundredth issue of the series, B.P.R.D. returned to traditional sequential numbering, therefore issue 3 of the B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Return of the Master #3 is in actuality #100. In an age when the big two continue to run away from their extensive continuity, it is wonderful to see Dark Horse and Hellboy creator and mastermind Mike Mignola embrace the scope of their characters' existence.
|From B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Long Death #1 story by Mike Mignola and |
John Arcudi with art by James Harren.
Most B.P.R.D series are currently available in trade paperback, as well as individual issues at most solid local comic shops.