Writer: Mike Mignola
Artists: Guy Davis, Dave Stewart(c)
Publisher: Dark Horse
BPRD makes use of Mike Mignola's minimalist storycrafting so that it's a breeze to read until her reveals the demon in the portrait. At that moment, the reader, not the story, stands still.
Liz Sherman opens the book with a satisfying conflagration. The control she has over the flames and the incinerating results take a different symbolic approach to fire. Fire is usually associated with devils, demons and hell. The fire of Liz Sherman however suggests a benevolent alien or mystical force that cleanses in the same way an inferno would raze contagious bacteria.
Liz's elemental counterpart Abe Sapien finds himself in dire straits. His prophetic dreams and fate all echo back to a history loyal Mignola readers will recognize. These readers will be stunned at how the two seemingly unrelated stories fit together. Readers just discovering the Hellboy-Universe may feel slightly daunted by the story's continuity, but the flashbacks and eerie poetry of the tales will soon hook them.
Guy Davis' artwork while nearly the polar opposite of Mike Mignola's style captures his weird ambiance. Davis' panels are evocative, and while he does not follow the classic precepts of comic book anatomy, the characters he details are filled with emotion.
I haven't really ever read a Mignola project that has disappointed me. BPRD: Plague of Frogs is no exception.
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