Written by Guest Contributor: Jordan North B.P.R.D #114 chronicles the redemption of Liz Sherman who, consequently, has become one of my favorite ladies in comics.
B.P.R.D has a tendency to jump around, but in this issue the team stays rooted on one subject in Liz, who needs it to tell such a full story as it does here. In the wake of helping local PD with the mutant outside of the hospital last issue Lis Sherman has found her courage and watching her lead these men through the zombified staff and patients there and picking up more and more of the defiant kick-ass she used to be along the way, is really satisfying in a human way. A person battling their demons literally and figuratively and coming out on top. It’s a great story. And so of course is toppling of Bond-esqe villain Dr. Clyburn who meets a beautifully brutal end this issue. All of this feels possible thanks to a synergy between writer and artist that makes every moment that should splash, splash.
Seeing Liz rejoin the B.P.R.D again and seeing the near reverence of her by the new recruits is great too, reminding us of just how far she had fallen in the issues prior to this one. It’s great to see.
A Mignola team monster and man story is a good monster and man story. Period.
Writer: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi Artist: Tyler Crook Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $3.50 Release Date: 12/18/13