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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs TPB Review

Story by Mike Mignola; Art by Guy Davis; Colors by Dave Stewart; Letters by Clem Robbins
Dark Horse Comics, $17.95

This is my first exposure to B.P.R.D. Over the last few months, I’ve been slowly immersing myself in Hellboy’s world. Abe Sapien is my favorite character, so this story, which highlights his origin, was a good jumping on point for me.

In this storyline, the gang investigates a doctor who is infected with a spore and turns into a large fungus beast. Later, frog monsters run amok as the group explores a revival meeting gone wrong.

I’ve been consistently impressed with Mike Mignola’s work. His stories are always clear and seem well thoughtout. No point is unexamined and the reader isn’t left wondering about anything. This characteristic is very much appreciated. This book is a prime example of Mignola’s thoroughness. All the characters have great parts large or small. Abe’s story occurs right near the end and flow seamlessly with the rest of the story.

Mignola is also skilled at crafting great and realistic characters despite their supernatural powers. They are likeable and seem like regular people even with their oddities. Abe, especially, is a great character with many complexities. He is very easy to relate to and has mostly human characteristics not amphibian or superhero ones. I’m not going to spoil anything here, but the origin story is really a perfect fit. It couldn’t have been better. Trust me.

As always, Davis is spectacular. Every character is perfectly portrayed and the panels are clear and clutter free. Hellboy is always one of the more unique books stylistically and B.P.R.D. sticks with that mold. The colors are different from most books in that they aren’t perfectly red or blue, but are off or diluted a bit. I really like this style and find that it adds to the atmosphere of the book.

Plague of Frogs is the perfect book for the new B.P.R.D. reader. Any background you need to know is explained either in the text or in brief footnotes. It is an interesting story that highlights a great character.

Bottom Line: A

1 Comments:

  • At 3:30 PM, October 02, 2005, Blogger jon said…

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