Review by: TurdSandwich

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Writer: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi
Artist: Tyler Crook
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Ryan Sook

Size: 32 pages
Price: 3.50

Just yesterday iFanboy posted an article asking us our vote for best comic being published right now. I’m bad a picking favorites, and a number of wonderful books immediately sprung to mind. After much debate I settled on BPRD, so I figured I should probably post a review to further show support of my favorite( in reality it’s tied with like five others)book.

Issue #100, holy shit, it’s almost hard to believe that this Hellboy spin-off book has continued for so long. That is a testament to the amazing saga that Mr.’s John Arcudi and Mike Mignola have been crafting.

This issue, and storyline in general has a lot going on so I’ll do a bit of a rundown. ***I’ll keep it somewhat vague,but minor spoilers ahead***

Agents Tasso and Giarocco are on a bogus mission set up by the Russian BPRD, and have the unfortunate task of fighting a shitload of giant troll monsters. Things at the evil Zinco Corp. are mostly going fine,(which is bad news for the entire planet)and the plan to oversee the return of the master is coming together. Fenix and Devon are back at the Bureau, but things aren’t going so well because Fenix is basically a dumb bitch(and Johann tels her as much, in a great scene)and Devon,also kind of a bitch, is the only person who likes her. Despite all these things going on in one issue, it doesn’t feel crowded. each thread is touched upon and moved forward, and things look to be really crazy for the next two issues. In a book where the consequences and stakes are so high the sense of tension is evident while reading it,characters have died in the past,and they stay dead, so when likeable characters such as Tasso and Giarocco are in danger you worry for their safety(at least I do).

The art by Tyler Crook has been, and continues to be, fantastic. His style is deceptively simple, he gets the perfect amount of detail with a minimal amount of lines. He draws rad looking monster fights just as well as he does low-key scenes at the headquarters cafeteria.

This all boils down to the fact that if you aren’t reading BPRD, you are defintely missing out on one amazing book. The trades make it easy to catch up on, and the stories inside run the gamut of genres. As I said in my vote for the series,this book has action,horror, mystery, military/war, historical fiction, pulp/scifi, romance, and is filled with monsters of both the human, and inhuman varieties, all wrapped up in an apocalyptic tortilla that has continued for a thoroughly satisfying 100 issues.If any of that sounds intriguing to you, do yourself a favor and start reading this series. Sorry for the long ass review, if you made it this far thanks for reading.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent

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