B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #130

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B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #130

Writers: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
Artist: Peter Snejbjerg
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Laurence Campbell

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #130 features a new artist and a new focus for the story. After the monster hunt, Johann Kraus returns to headquarters only to be isolated from his fellow agents. There is no one for him to be close to. No camaraderie for the ghost. In the end, he must find a way to bridge his disconnection with humanity.

Upon his return, Johann gets into a scuffle with agent Nichols. Johann has nightmares from his past fused with his present anxieties. He turns to Liz for help, only to dig his hole a little deeper, but she does give him some guidance. He’s become disconnected with humanity. He needs to re-find his connection. In the end, he does find something to spark emotion in him, and he finds release. But will it be his final release or a new beginning?

It’s a solid story, but I can’t help but feel it would have been a little better with a different artist. Peter Snejberg doesn’t do to bad a job. The panel layouts are pretty straight forward, but arranged well. The coloring makes everything lively. Yet the pencils and shading is a tad heavy, which results in some bold illustrations. The human characters have an extra cartoonish look that strays from the style one usually associates with Hellboy comics. Still, the panels bring the story to life and manage to convey the emotions and actions of the characters. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either.

With the cliffhanger ending in this issue, I’m looking forward to where they go next. Will we see more of Kraus? Has he made his big exit? How will this affect the other characters? For the moment, I give this issue high praise for tackling Kraus and creating some sympathy for his plight. It’s worthy of a three and a half out of five metal bikinis. With some better art, this could easily been a solid four or five, but maybe the art style will grow on me with coming issues.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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