Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer(s): Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artist: Peter Snejbjerg
Release Date: 20th May, 2015
The casualties of war are often overlooked, and this is no more apparent than in the latest installment of B.P.R.D. It’s a touchy subject to deal with and the writing team have managed to create a story that highlights the fact that, while certain judgement calls have to be made, they don’t come without a price. I’m trying to be as vaugue as possible, because plain and simple, this issue needs to be read with absolutely no spoilers.
A brief run-down wouldn’t hurt though. Johann leads a team to a small town in Kansas to kill a monster that the town has been reported to have been harbouring. Things don’t go to plan. Its all very emotional.
Managing to make a book look both gruesome and beautiful is no mean feat, but it’s a feat which B.P.R.D. has been well known for in the past, and Peter Snejbjerg definitely does the book justice and meets the quota nicely. From the first CRACK, to the last CRUNCH, this issue is equal parts colourful (fair enough its mostly red, yellow and orange, but still), and bleak, with a realism to the action which s nothing short of brutal.
With the way the story has been formatted (most of it taking place during a flashback) I’m eager to see where it goes in the next issue, an issue which may possible have a more sombre tone to it, but with the potential for much more long term ramifications.
You’d think the dead would be more respectaful of the also dead.