Review by: TurdSandwich

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Writer: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi
Artist: Tyler Crook
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Duncan Fegredo

Size: 0 pages
Price: 3.50

This was a fine issue, though it suffered a bit, in my opinion, from being the middle part of a 3-part story; so not TOO much happened. Fenix and Devon both seem ill-equipped to handle the mayhem they are experiencing, so there is a good amount of tension in their scenes. One of the great things about these books is we know that Arcudi and Mignola are not afraid to kill off characters, so the dire situations are even more intense than your average comic, because we don’t know if this pair will make it out alive.

The other thread that follows the Zinco Corp. is still a pretty big mystery. We know Marsten is overseeing the construction of some sort of Frankenstein’s monster. I’m not sure if it’s Zinco himself they are trying to reanimate or not, but it seems like he thinks the BPRD has the answers to make this experiment come to fruition. Maybe they’re gonna try and kidnap Liz? or Johann? I don’t know, but I’m excited to find out where this all goes.

The real star of the BPRD books since “Hell on Earth” began, is Tyler Crook. He has such a firm grasp on economy of line, and to me his style echoes that of Will Eisner; the namesake of an award that I hope Crook gets one day. The thing is he does EVERTHING so well, the scenes of people talking at Zinco headquarters are just as fantastic as when he draws crazy monsters ripping through trucks and trains. I hope he will stay on the BPRD books for a long time, and I’m pretty sure he will.

Even though this issue kind of felt like more of a set-up for the conclusion next month, it is still a glowing example of how to make great comics. Looking over it again now as I write this review, I want to give it a higher score, but these books suffer from the recently discussed “Batman”,”Saga”,or “Captain America” problem. They are all just really fuckin’ good.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. Appreciate the review, Mr. Sandwich. Can I call you Turd? 🙂

    Didn’t even consider that “the master” could be Zinco. Nice! There’s been a lot of speculation on the CBR Hellboy message board that it’s Rasputin, and I’m not sure how I feel about that. Been trying to rack my brain on who else it could possibly be, but I’m coming up blank.

    By the end of the year the landscape for this book is going to change dramatically, and I can’t wait to see where team Mignola takes us.

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