As we open on yet another outing, is this comic book truly a glimpse of Hell on Earth? Read on to find out.
The official description from Dark Horse:
Two B.P.R.D. teams make their way through the monster-filled streets of a Manhattan wasteland in order to reach the Black Flame’s fortress and take down his army.
There’s a lot to love, as the creative team presents a depressing but engaging odyssey that sees heroes put in precarious situations. We examine the death toll in a personal way that’s sure to garner attention and praise, as these squads make their way in a world that has surely been burning. It feels like the end of everything, but even in these dark times the people behind this succeed in injecting enough humor to yield primary players with dynamic cores. The end result is something that’s worth following.
The script by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi hits the nail on the head, as the duo exert their force on our beleaguered protagonists. It’s a simple piece that sets them on a specific road, but along the way there are curve balls. From dealing with potential survivors to the monsters that have been ravaging the area, the authors offer a lot surrounding their plot. I did find a few of the beats to be unnecessary, and at least one joke that’s painfully outdated, but the bulk of this particular journey captured my imagination in a way that has me excited for what comes next.
The illustrations found within these pages compliment the text, as James Harren dazzles with a wide display. His skills are put through the wringer, as he has to jump from creature to character in a title that demands unique designs and smart execution. To the talent’s credit he succeeds, for the most part, but I was underwhelmed by a few of the more calm sequences. The pictures in these instances needed to carry a bit more than function in their final execution.
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #115 is a really good comic that does more than enough to earn my recommendation.