- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse (6 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616551933
- ISBN-13: 978-1616551933
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.8 x 25.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Volume 6: The Return of the Master Paperback – 6 Aug 2013
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This isn’t the best volume as the main focus is on a minor villain and a squad of BPRD human soldiers who aren’t particularly memorable. The minor villain is The Master who sets up shop in a ruined Scottish castle, bringing with him some human followers while resurrecting some giant monsters to fight the BPRD squad sent to take him out. The characters we’ve come to know and love are either absent or doing very little in this book. Hellboy is of course absent, as he’s battling his way through hell, Abe Sapien is still comatose inside a tank, and Liz Sherman is AWOL (though she does check in with a single panel). Meanwhile, Johann Krauss is putzing around BPRD HQ, arguing with new recruit (and Marvel rip-off) Fenix, a red-headed girl with powerful psychic powers.
BPRD is at its best when it does short, self-contained spooky stories in the vein of The X-Files but without the TV budgetary restraints (a special effects sequence costs the same as a conversation between two people in a room in the comics world) but this volume is instead more about the larger series storyline going on.Read more ›
This book, number 6 of the Hell on Earth arc, finds the series firmly back on track. The quality of some of the mini-series was very high indeed, but there wasn't much sense of foward momentum. Never did this feel more apparent than in the wool-gathering previous volume. It's only here in this book that the (many) different plot threads are all tied back together into a single narrative, and it makes all the difference. Devon finally makes it back to the Beaureu with Fenix (who they've been trying to get hold of since Book 2!), the Zinco plotline that's been bubbling away for a while comes to major prominence, the ongoing story of Johann's vat-grown body gets some resolution and plot points and loose ends from as far back as 1996's Wake the Devil are touched on. For long-term fans there's a lot here to enjoy, not least with the return of two very old former foes...
It all makes for some satisfying reading, as the series seems to know where it's headed again. For every storyline resolved, there's another new one set up for the future, of course, but the series seems more confident about where it's taking them long-term.Read more ›
As I said above, this is an excellent new instalment, but it is only an instalment; although lots of things happen, there is no change to the cataclysmic state the world finds itself in - in fact it gets worse; the villains appear to be making progress, and although the Russians appear to be gearing up their efforts, the BPRD is rapidly running out of resources.
The artwork is as always, excellent, and dialogue and characterisation is superb.
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Unsurprisingly, there's quite a bit of blood and gore to round out a plotline that's heavy on mumbo jumbo and light on character development. All the chaos and destruction is fun, but the "to be continued" nature of the story is disappointing. The many pages devoted to "bonus art" and sketches could have been used to further the story.
Some of the artwork is ordinary and some is a little goofy (a monster that looks like a penis fish with herpes had me chuckling), but some pages are chilling. On the whole, I enjoyed the art and the story so it merits a weak four stars, but this volume is a lesser entry in the series.
First of all I have to say I haven't caught up on Hellboy...and that definitely affects the reading of the story as I have no idea what happened in the rain of frogs or who some of the characters are or their relationships with each other, but I'm doing my best to catch up quickly. The overall story in this volume is quite excellent and its quite easy to follow and get caught up in the excitement and the mystery. Having "The Master" come back from the dead after so many years away and the twists and turns of trying to figure out which is the true master and which is a fake is most intriguing. I find it interesting that one of the folks that might be The Master has the power to mutate creatures, just a look at a dog can turn him into a wild ravening beast bent on destruction.
One of the things I enjoy most about the Hellboy universe is that even though they all work of Mignola's original design, the artists always bring their own unique twists and talents to the world and this collection is no exception. I love seeing how they capture the characters in watercolors, pen and ink, and the other mediums and the unique elements they provide to the characters. And the art in this collection is no exception. Some of my favorite scenes deal with the ghosts haunting the shores of Scotland as the agents attempt to take out The Master. The imagery created in these scenes is just fantastic.
If you're an avid Hellboy/BPRD fan then this is definitely the book for you. I give the book 4 out of 5 stars.
This issue continues the long story arc, dealing with The Master who has amassed a cult following and is trying to dredge up all kinds of nasties. A group of human BPRDers fight through most of the volume to get to The Master's lair in Scottland - and end up having to fight wave after wave of difficult humans, monsters, beasts.
Meanwhile, things aren't so peachy back at the BPRD office. Dissent, unhappiness, and a lot of mysterious goings-ons and strange characters are complicating the plot even more.
I think die-hard Hellboy fans will likely be a bit disappointed since Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and others are noticeably missing from the story. But the artist and writers do a great job of creating a fantastical story despite - and keep the reader interested as a result.
Received as an ARC from the publisher.
But, if you like battles with strange monsters and you like Hellboy, then this is a great book, but you should probably read the previous volumes first. There are gruesome monsters that evolve and ooze and are nothing like I've seen in other works.
The work by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi is good and there are a huge range of characters, which are all unique and easy to identify. Sometimes in huge character books, the artistic style can blur characters together, but I had no trouble distinguishing, so that speaks to good artistic ability. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, but there is also about 40 pages of sketches and character development that i found interesting.