Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Leroy Douresseaux on B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: Monsters #2

B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: MONSTERS #2 OF 2 (Series #81)

STORY: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
ART: Tyler Crook
COLORS: Dave Stewart
LETTERS: Clem Robins
COVER: Ryan Sook with Dave Stewart
32pp, Color, $3.50

B.P.R.D. is a long-running comic book series starring the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (the B.P.R.D. or BPRD). This is the organization that fights the occult, paranormal, and supernatural in the world of Hellboy, the long-running comic book series and related books created by Mike Mignola. Each story arc is presented as a miniseries, with the latest being B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, a two-issue storyline.

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Monsters #2 finds Liz Sherman (Hellboy’s #1 female) ensconced in a weird trailer park full of hillbilly cult fanatics. Dumb as they are, the denizens of the trailer park have managed to make escape difficult for Liz. However, she has only two of the rednecks who aren’t cultists to help her.

My first reading experiences with a B.P.R.D. comic book turned out to be good ones. A trailer park full of black magic cultists is such a good idea, it’s a wonder it hasn’t appeared in film. Hell on Earth: Monsters offers art by promising newcomer Tyler Crook, an added bonus to the weirdness writers Mike Mignola and John Arcudi weave. Crook turns out to be just right for this story. I have to say it: Hell on Earth: Monsters is a hella good read.


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