I enjoyed this issue in particular because it crosses over with Hellboy in Hell, but actually showed events and goings-ons that weren’t in HinH. The world continues to turn to shit in this series and I for one am interested in seeing where it’s going to go and who will step up and fill Hellboy’s role as hero for the planet.
The Old One makes its presence known as it stares into the pit of hell and finds Beleth and Sytry dead and their minions eating their bodies. The Old One asks for the small flying demons to serve him, but they tell him that hell has changed and that there are no more Dukes or Lords for them be bothered by. The Old One begins speaking and soon enough he takes over their minds and summons them to serve him as their new master.
Agent Carla and everyone else gather up the last remaining civilians in the area and head back to the plane, but Director Nichayko hasn’t returned yet. The plane begins to take off and Agent Carla runs to the cockpit and shoots her way in to tell the pilot to knock it off. She grabs him and takes him out on a tank after explaining that the Director was the man to rescue her and her team weeks before the day’s events. They head out and find the Director’s tank and enter the broadcast house that we saw him go into last issue. Now his body sits lifeless at a table, but Carla and the Pilot soon find themselves facing the frozen/possessed undead.
I don’t trust Director Nichayko one bit. There have been a few scenes in which he shows that he’s a dirty dog, but then he’s also always shown being a great fucking guy as he saves the day. Even still, I don’t trust him and I’m pretty sure that’s the point. I really want to see what his endgame is and how much more the B.P.R.D. will be sucked into his world.
Mignola and Arcudi continue to be fantastic writing partners. This series no longer stars the characters it began with and yet they have continued to make it more and more interesting. It’s a new generation of B.P.R.D. and I’m really enjoying how adaptable the series is after so many issues. With each new arc it is literally being remade over and over again. The writing crew manages to balance action with story and dialog to craft an enjoyable read monthly.
While Snejbjerg’s Hell is different looking from Mignola’s, it’s still very cool looking which is important. The little demons eating their masters, was very cool looking and haunting at the same time. The art was the right fit for this story and I hope to see more work from Snejbjerg on the series in the future. There is something different, yet striking about their art that doesn’t follow the typical B.P.R.D. style, but still fit with the series as a whole.
I meant to review the last issue as well, but it’s a bit late. It would have scored the same as this issue in case you are interested. Speaking of which, if you are then do yourself a favor and pick up the previous issue as well even though I think that you can jump on with this issue as the narrative and dialog recaps the previous issue quite well.. I’m looking forward to the ever expanding Mignola-verse and hopefully you’re not missing out on what continues to be one of the best universe events in comics.
Writers: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
Artist: Peter Snejbjerg
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: 4/17/13