B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #129

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #129

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

In B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #129, Howards charges into battle and the story comes to a tidy little end, for now. There’s some action, some flashbacks, and some catching up with other characters as this issue unfolds. Yet in the end, it’s primarily an epilogue in feel. There’s some excitement there in the beginning, but afterwards it’s a slow winding down of events. It makes for a mellow story.

Everything starts with Howards climactic charge against the monster. The panels have a nice intensity to them as they emphasize the action. The colors get overwhelmed in fiery colors which all leads up to an explosion, nicely bringing things to their emotional height. Afterwards it’s almost like a Tremor‘s movie with the gore raining down and the happy faces. It certainly punctuates a celebratory mood and a successful end to the monster hunt.

Afterwards the story starts to coast as it picks up on various story threads. It jumps to Moscow to touch base with the Varvara and Iosif Nichayko. Both of them are sleeping, but we get a glimpse of Varvara’s dreams. At the head of an army of demons, she dreams of unleashing them on the Earth and playing Iosif like a literal puppet, which doesn’t bode well for him. Then, back in the states, we see Evelyn putting an end to a science experiment. We also catch a glimpse of something dark beneath the city streets and something hidden deep in space. It all adds a lot of mystery and strange darkness to the story; little pieces of the puzzle that don’t quite add up but build toward the future.

From there, the issue transitions to Colorado and a B.P.R.D. facility. Liz and Fenix have scene which didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me (which is understandable given how far into the series I’ve jumped ahead). The rest of the B.P.R.D. team spends some time in the cafeteria go overing events. The last pages are a flashback for Howards remembering long ago when he was with his tribe. That’s where the story ends.

With good artwork capturing the emotions of the characters and the action of the story, B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #129 scores well visually. There’s a nice mix of character stories as this issue wraps some things up and plants seeds for others. Overall, it’s a good issue. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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