B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #112: Review

Screen shot 2013-10-14 at 8.35.14 PMA lot of shit blew up in the last few issues of B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth — Liz Sherman ostensibly ignited the end of the world, Fenix plugged Abe full of lead, and strange monsters began escaping from the center of the earth. In the wake of this very busy opening, issue #112, offers a nice balance of action and quieter character development — while still pushing the story further down the road.

Here’s the official word from Darkhorse:

As Liz flees the monster-filled hospital, her conscience kicks in and she thinks of everyone she left behind at the mercy of the mad doctor. She has to return to save them, but what can she do when she remains powerless? Can she find the fire again?

Issue #112 is essentially a character study divided in two-parts: Fenix and Liz. Both are ashamed by Screen shot 2013-10-14 at 8.35.43 PMthe ramifications of their actions in earlier issues, and need some redemption before jumping back into drama that’spropelling much of this “Lake of Fire” arc forward. Fenix finds shelter (and support) out in the desert, tucked away with a survivalist. Liz goes inward, barricading herself in a basement where she tries to reconnect with the essential fire-starter part of herself that can only be reached through meditation. What makes issue #112 so satisfying is that writers Mike Mignola and John Arcudi have given both these characters the moments of development they needed, while still pushing the plot forward in effective and engaging ways. So yes, we get monsters … but we also get emotion. Best, the reader gets the sense that these moments of introspection are not only necessary for the development of these two characters, but for the plot, too — Fenix and Liz will play crucial roles in what happens next.

Tyler Crook is a fabulous artist. His pages are beautifully rendered and his characters actually act — meaning that even without dialogue, we can read mood and feeling just from posture and facial expressions. His work takes this title to the next level.

While B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #112 feels like a bridge issue, its so much more — it’s a recharging of two essential characters, and launch towards the conclusion.




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