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B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth - The Devil's Engine #1 - 1 (of 3) Review


This issue proves that you should always take what a psychic says into consideration. Or at least if you're a B.P.R.D. Agent, anyway.

The Good

Mike Mignola and John Arcudi return with the first part of a three-part series, B.P.R.D: HELL ON EARTH - THE DEVIL'S ENGINE. The issue opens with Andrew Devon, a former professor at Cambridge who is currently a member of B.P.R.D. He is in New Mexico and is attempting to escort a young clairvoyant girl (Fenix) and her rottweiler "Bruiser" to Denver. It's unclear in the beginning of this series as to why they are going to Denver and why he decided to pick Fenix off of the street (or in this case, the desert) but the story is written in a way that will leave the reader curious to find out more.

There are some definite creepy moments -- particularly the ones featuring the room that is completely covered in Nazi propaganda. That scene leads to a laboratory which appears to test on humans (or some kind of) subjects. It's very weird. At the same time, as creepy as it is, it's pretty interesting.

Beautiful pencils by Tyler Crook are complimented well by Dave Stewarts very subtle, warm colors in this issue. Don't get too comfortable though, things start to get a little bit creepy towards the end.

The Bad

As a member of the B.P.R.D., you would think that Devon would have had the sense to listen to the girl when she warned him against getting onto the train. She doesn't just express her uneasiness once, but three times during their conversation. OIf the girl has special powers like that, he should have trusted her on some level and complied with her judgement -- at least that's the way I saw it.

The Verdict

This is certainly one of the better books out this week, and it seems that anything Mike Mignola and John Arcudi work on is really rather impressive. Great pacing to this story; the writers let on just enough information to hook the reader without giving anything away. Fantastic art (great pencils and colors). Thios is definitely a three part mini-series I cannot wait to continue reading.

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Posted by D_Knight

is this a hell oy universe comic u can just ppick up and read without any prior knowledge of BPRD?

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Posted by Batwipe

Now, why did you guys give this piece of derivative drivel 5 stars? BPRD has been using the same lousy story template for 5 long years now. I can't believe anyone continues to buy BPRD or Hellboy for that matter. Mignola and Arcudi have become hacks.

What I also don't understand is how you could give "The Devil's Engine" 5 stars but give Wonder Woman #9 only 4. Wonder Woman has been probably THE BEST NEW52 title, Azzarello's daring story developments have made it the must read series of the NEW52.

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Posted by NyxEquitis

@Batwipe: Thats the thing about reviews: They are all(to a degree) subjective. Each review is going to be influenced by the writer's tastes and influences, and as much as they try to avoid being subjective, no review will ever be completely objective. That's just fact. So maybe you didn't like this issue, thats fine. Evidently you dont like the comic either for the past few years as well. Also fine, everyone is certainly entitled their own likes and dislikes. Those are just things to keep in mind, have a nice day.

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Posted by Gordo789

@Batwipe: Did you come to this review just to complain about how Wonder Woman didn't get as high a score as you would have liked? You know that you know that review scores are subjective, and that comparing review scores between books is folly, right? Maybe Babs just likes BPRD better. I'm inclined to agree with her. I haven't read this specific issue yet, but I buy every BPRD/Hellboy or other Mignola book that comes out every month and they're consistently my favorite books. BELIEVE IT.