March 26, 2013

Dark Horse Reviews: B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #105

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #105
Publisher: Dark Horse
Writers: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi
Artist: Peter Snejbjerg (cover by Dave Johnson)
Colors: Dave Stewart

ABE SAPIEN IS BACK! That’s right people, in this issue, we see him finally come out of his coma, and then realize that the world has gone down the toilet while he’s been gone. He basically looks at the monitors, sees all the havoc going on around the world, and splits. Where he goes we don’t know (Abe ongoing series coming soon!), and the fact that enormous creatures are ravaging the planet seems to not only shock him, but also trigger something inside him as well. On the other side of the world, Commander Iosif and Agent Giarocco are on what seems to be a suicide mission to a remote area of Russia that houses a secret, and it’s one that might be the key to these beasts that are rampaging throughout the world. A small radio station in the middle of nowhere holds a huge secret to a worldwide chaotic incident? Yes, and what Iosif finds there doesn’t leave very pleasant thoughts in his head.

What an awesome beginning for the return of the BPRD’s best agent! Seeing Abe was great, and his mini-series that is coming very soon will be awesome, no doubt! The rest of the issue was quite compelling, as well. We saw Iosif in a more intimate setting for a few moments with Agent Giarocco. That, along with the time at the radio station, was quite telling about what his real intentions very well may be. We get to see the connection between Varvara (the creepy looking little girl under glass) and the Russian Occult Bureau. And that, I’m sure, is just the tip of the iceberg!

Returning artist (to the BPRD) Peter Snejbjerg did an outstanding job on this book. His skills are quite contrived, and tell a story without the use of locution. Dark Horse seems to have an inexhaustible crop of talented artists that they can plug in for this title, and that is remarkable. Perennial cover artist Dave Johnson has created another masterpiece, and after his incredible work on the last mini-series (BPRD 1948), he’s riding a huge tidal wave of momentum right now. He’ll hopefully be around for these such endeavors for a long time. Rating 4.5/5

Billy Dunleavy



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