B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #133

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #133

Writers: Mike Mignola and John Arcudi

Artist: Julian Totino Tedesco

Colorist: Dave Stewart

Letterer: Clem Robins

Cover Artist: Laurence Campbell

A change in artists, and a change in focus brings new life into B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #133. In this issue we gets some flashbacks from WWII. Meanwhile, Johann is focused on using some old armor to make himself a new and improved suit for combat. The new art team brings the visuals back up to par, and the writers keep things on track and interesting. Though I must admit, it’s a little confusing.

The comic opens during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945. A team of soldiers goes to collect some abandoned armor in Bastogne. Flashing back to present day, we see Johann inspecting the same armor and contemplating its uses. On the other hand, Katherine harps on him for wasting his time. Going back to the past, the issue jumps to December 1944. At this point the armor suit had an occupant. Several soldiers discuss the suit’s history while the comics shows flashbacks. It then zaps back to present day with Johann gleaming a name from the suit, while Katherine watches Boulder, CO be destroyed by monsters and longs Liz’s help. Then a strange dream sequence happens that merges time periods. There’s Johann, the soldier than once inhabited the armor suit, memories of his past, and Johann barging in on them. It’s hard to figure out what’s going on here, but it’s almost as if there’s a spiritual residue to the armor that Johann is grappling with. Either way, it’s intriguing and enough to spur readers on with the series.

Thankfully the series has changed artists. Julian Totino Tedesco is much better than the previous artist, Peter Snejbjerg. His style is far less cartoony and silly. There’s also a lot more detail. Keep in mind the colorist is the same, so the change lies wholly with the pencils and inks. The visual upgrade is much appreciated.

With a new artist on board, this series is on an upswing, but the question is where with the story go with Johann? We’ve seen him struggling with his humanity. We’ve also seen him struggling to keep pace with the threats the B.P.R.D. has been facing. This new suit of armor he’s found could be the key in giving him the upper hand against the current crop of monsters. However, if the armor is haunted, he’s going to have to unravel its mysteries first. I’m not sure how far they’ll spread this story out, but it’ll be interesting to see where it goes.

As is, I give B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #133 a four out of five metal bikinis. It’s got good artwork and a good story. With potential in hand, the future is looking brighter.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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  1. […] Catching up on B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, I tacked #132 and #133 back-to-back. It’s an interesting contrast as the two issues mark a change in artists. With an intriguing story, they’re worth checking out. Click here to read our review of B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #132 and here to read our review of B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #133. […]

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