B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #132

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #132

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

B.P.R.D. #132 dives deeper into the mind of Johann Krauss as he goes back to investigate Agent Enos and the town they attacked earlier. He finds the ghosts of his past, but also some redemption and peace. It’s enough to get him back on the path. It also gets him thinking about the future.

The one bad thing about this issue is the artwork. Peter Snejbjerg has a very cartoony and simple style that doesn’t lend itself well to a Hellboy comic. The problem is that the characters look funny rather than serious or scary. Rather than capturing the classic Hellboy art style with its symbolism and horror, this, on appearance, feels more like a caricature of the series. It’s none more apparent than with the two females in the story that confront Johann. The both have bulging cartoon eyes to the point of ridiculousness. Yet the real disappointment kicks in with the monster that is just some spikey thing with dots. It lacks detail, but it also lacks any real element of fear. A better artist would have really helped this series along.

That said, the story is pretty solid. This issue focuses on Johann and helps develop his character. We see him speaking with Enos’ spirit, and perhaps gaining a measure of some closure even as he remembers demons from his past. The story then pushes Johann forward. He reaches out to the remaining cultist to help them. While they don’t want his help, and they even try to kill him, he does continue to do what he can. It’s interesting that while he doesn’t actually succeed in killing the monster they spring on him, he does come back to base and give orders that will wrap things up. In the end, he gets some people killed and chases the cultists from their refuge, so the hero card doesn’t really suit him. But through his ordeal, he rekindles a little bit of his humanity.

In the end, it’s a decent comic. The artwork is okay and gets the job done, but the story is compelling and much more entertaining. I give B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #132 a three and half out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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