The GeeksverseB.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth: Gods #1

B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth: Gods #1
Published on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 by

Written by: Mike Mignola & John Arcudi
Art by: Guy Davis
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover Art: A- Ryan Sook w/ Dave Stewart; B- Guy Davis w/ Dave Stewart
Assistant Editor: Daniel Chabon
Associate Editor: Samantha Robertson
Editor: Scott Allie

I haven’t been keeping up with the BPRD in a long time. Which sucks because I’ve always been a fan of Mignola’s “Hellverse” (Hellboy and BPRD). That creates a problem when reading this issue.

It’s a new #1, start of a new arc, so it seems like it would be a good jumping on point for a new or returning reader. Sadly, it’s not.

I had no clue what was going on. It would normally make it hard to review but this issue does do a decent job of giving some backstory so we have a little bit of a clue what is happening. This happens in the conversation between a couple of drifters which gives the background of what happened to Houston and the creatures that showed up. It’s not fully explained, but you get enough to know that some bad stuff happened and that allows the reader to get into the story enough to be able to enjoy this issue.

It would still have been nice to have a recap page or something.

For a book called BPRD, no one from the BPRD shows up until the last page. But it’s still a decent issue. We follow a group of refugees/drifters that are following a girl called Fenix that seems to have visions.

The plot isn’t much. Just Jorge telling another drifter what they have been up to. But it’s done in a fairly engrossing way that is easy to read and draws you into the story. You want to know whats going on with Fenix.

Especially when she didn’t want to stay at the school and thats where the BPRD finally show up. Is she avoiding them or did she think something else was coming instead or is something else coming after them? It sets up the next issue nicely.

Davis’ art is hit or miss. Some panels are really good and some panels look rushed and hurriedly done. I can’t remember if this is how is work normally looks or just this issue.

The drawbacks of coming back to a book after such a long absence.

BPRD: Hell On Earth: Gods #1 receives
3.5 out of 5

As a new reader coming onto the book it’s fairly hard to get caught up, but the story itself is enough to keep me coming back next month.

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