B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #131

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #131

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

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #131 tells the tale we did not see in the previous issue, thus filling in some story gaps, and laying the groundwork for Johann’s return. While #130 was a little confusing in how they decided to tackle this story arc, #131 brings the story back around and makes it much more enjoyable. While the artwork is still a weak point, it’s not bad overall.

The comic opens with Agent Nichols looking furious as he stands before Johann’s empty suit. While the characters are rather cartoony on the silly side, the dialog was enough to keep me entrenched in the story. Nichols recounts their mission against some nutcases in a cult growing some alien monstrosity. In his account, we see how Enos gets killed and how Johann’s actions create a divide between him and the agents he was leading. There’s action, drama and conflict as readers are torn between Johann’s viewpoint and Nichols’. Teasing readers with what’s to come, we see Johann inhabiting a different suit as he goes back out into the field, this time on his own.

All in all, the story is pretty solid. I really enjoyed this issue. That said, the artwork was okay. It strays away from the typical Hellboy style artwork fans have come to love and expect in the series, and instead goes with some more childishly cartoonish. Still, there’s a good presentation and flow to the panels, which helps a lot in forgiving the slightly cartoonish faces of some of the characters. The coloring goes hand in hand with the art style, not really elevating it, but not deteriorating it either.

With the artwork being middle of the road, and the story being the main draw, I give B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #131 a four out of five metal bikinis. It’s well worth reading and hopefully a good sign that this arc will have a nice payoff at the end.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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