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Gabriel Ba , Fabio Moon , Mike Mignola , Scott Allie
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10 Dec 2013 B.P.R.D.
A vampire-haunted B.P.R.D. agent's quest for revenge turns into a rampage as he pursues a clan of undead and their gorgon-eyed queen. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola teams up with Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (Casanova, Daytripper, Umbrella Academy) for a new chapter in the hidden history of the B.P.R.D.!

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (10 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616551968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616551964
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 17.2 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
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The story running through the Dark Horse B.P.R.D. mini-series `Vampire' is collected as B.P.R.D.: Vampire (B.P.R.D. (Graphic Novels)). This is a relatively short story in terms of reading, as much is told in pictures rather than words. Following on from the incidents of B.P.R.D.: 1948, agent Simon Anders goes looking for vampires to kill in Czechoslovakia. He finds some, but they also find him, and the forces that were imprisoned in him in the previous story begin to exert their influences. That about sums up the plot. The artwork is spectacular, of course, but for me, that doesn't make up for a lack of `story'. I am more of a words, or words and pictures reader. I am not a great fan of pictures only stories. However, the Hellboy-universe stories tend to be heavy on the artwork, so I have come to accept that these stories `grow' over a long series, and need to be read in long runs to immerse yourself in their mood and storylines.
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'B.P.R.D.: Vampire' adds another dark chapter to the ever-growing tome that is Mike Mignola's vast universe. Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba succeed again in bringing this world to life with their rich and dream-like illustrations to tell a grim and grisly tale of personal discovery and vampire-hunting.

Bill Anders is the perfect example of how Mike Mignola can take a minor character from the Hellboy universe and create a whole other history for the reader. Anders' journey is a rich and exploratory one which keeps the reader riveted and enthralled as Trevor Bruttenholm helps him put his vengeance to use. Thus, Anders sets out to unlock the murky secrets of myths' most feared children of the night: vampires.

The artwork complements the story beautifully and creates an ominous mood which is reticent throughout the graphic novel. A very interesting and captivating tale, told exceedingly well. It weaves itself into the very fabric and history of the Hellboy universe, so much so, that not only can I now not imagine the Mignolaverse without it, but I need to know where Mignola will take these characters next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody awesome 8 Mar 2014
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Excellent. Such a well drawn book. A good little story. I love the work of these guys. You do however need to know the history of the B.P.R.D. to get the full effect.

I great addition if you are a fan and not really one for newcomers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mignola on autopilot 10 Dec 2013
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Set in 1948 in the early days of the BPRD when Hellboy was still a child, one of Professor Bruttenholm's (pronounced "Broom") colleagues, the troubled sailor Simon Anders, is having waking nightmares of the two demonic sisters trapped within him, thanks to the Professor from a previous adventure. He decides this can't go on - he must vanquish their spirits once and for all and restore his sanity, by going back to their earthly home and killing all of the witches and vampires there. Game on, Agent Anders!

Look at these credits: Mike Mignola. Gabriel Ba. Fabio Moon. Dave Stewart. This is a dream team of comics creators. So how could this book be anything less than a masterpiece with such an array of talent?

I think the reason I wasn't as enamoured with this book as I usually am with other BPRD titles is because this is a fairly generic Mignola spooky story. Simon - or any protagonist really as Simon isn't a very interesting character - goes to Europe, encounters some odd people, wanders through romantic scenery of moonlit forests, ruined castles and so on, some witches and vampires show up, fighting ensues, the end. If you've read as much Mignola as I have, you'll know the guy is capable of far more complex and compelling storylines than this - if anything, BPRD: Vampire is Mignola on autopilot.

Which isn't to say it's that bad - it's a decent story, just not very surprising. Mignola on autopilot is still head and shoulders above other writers' best efforts, I think I've just been spoiled having enjoyed so much quality Mignola fare before that my expectations for everything he does is now unreasonably high.

Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon's artwork though is what really stands out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mignola on autopilot? 10 Dec 2013
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
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Set in 1948 in the early days of the BPRD when Hellboy was still a child, one of Professor Bruttenholm’s (pronounced “Broom”) colleagues, the troubled sailor Simon Anders, is having waking nightmares of the two demonic sisters trapped within him, thanks to the Professor from a previous adventure. He decides this can’t go on – he must vanquish their spirits once and for all and restore his sanity, by going back to their earthly home and killing all of the witches and vampires there. Game on, Agent Anders!

Look at these credits: Mike Mignola. Gabriel Ba. Fabio Moon. Dave Stewart. This is a dream team of comics creators. So how could this book be anything less than a masterpiece with such an array of talent?

I think the reason I wasn’t as enamoured with this book as I usually am with other BPRD titles is because this is a fairly generic Mignola spooky story. Simon – or any protagonist really as Simon isn’t a very interesting character – goes to Europe, encounters some odd people, wanders through romantic scenery of moonlit forests, ruined castles and so on, some witches and vampires show up, fighting ensues, the end. If you’ve read as much Mignola as I have, you’ll know the guy is capable of far more complex and compelling storylines than this – if anything, BPRD: Vampire is Mignola on autopilot.

Which isn’t to say it’s that bad – it’s a decent story, just not very surprising. Mignola on autopilot is still head and shoulders above other writers’ best efforts, I think I’ve just been spoiled having enjoyed so much quality Mignola fare before that my expectations for everything he does is now unreasonably high.

Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon’s artwork though is what really stands out. There are so many wordless scenes that are just wonderful to behold: Simon taking an old-fashioned train – empty – at night across mainland Europe, quaint lit cottages dotted amidst imposing trees alongside the rails; the amazing town of Cesky Krumlov in South Bohemia (modern day Czechoslovakia) with its stone narrow roads, market stalls and haunted, head-shawled women, and the old, menacing, empty castle, not to mention the dark forests, ruined buildings and the underground throne-room… Ba and Moon’s artwork is really something. It always is, but I particularly liked it here, taking their dark and gothic cues from Mignola’s style.

It was great seeing Bruttenholm out in the field. He’s one of my favourite characters partly because he’s one of the few non-supernatural BPRD members and yet is also their leader, plus he’s just a good dude. If you like Bruttenholm as much as me, check out BPRD: 1946 and BPRD: 1947 for some outstanding stories starring this underused character.

I also appreciate Mignola’s by now highly sophisticated storytelling style. The ending is intentionally ambiguous with Simon’s fate unknown, as well as numerous other characters’ – “deceased” characters have a habit of cropping up in other Mignola books at any time. Events unfold without intrusive explanation as Mignola allows the story to breathe, using dialogue when necessary but also understanding silent images are sometimes more effective in comics, and nothing is signposted – some story points just are. You get just enough story to understand the book but not enough so that you know for sure how everything went down, and I love that about Mignola’s recent work.

As a long-time Mignola reader and big fan of the BPRD, I can’t say that this is one of the better volumes in the series (try BPRD: The Universal Machine instead for an amazing read) but it’s not bad, and for more casual readers, it’s perfectly fine. BPRD: Vampire is a solid vampire/witch/supernatural story and is also accessible to non-series readers who can just pick up this book and enjoy the atmospheric horror of it all – and hey, it’s Halloween, the perfect time to experience Mignola’s dark world! Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon are also amazing talents – check out their work like De:Tales and Daytripper for some phenomenal comics. They’re a good fit for these books, I hope they collaborate again with Mignola. And in a world where the most famous vampire story right now is the abysmal Twilight, it’s good to see Mignola and co. give vampires their balls back by making them terrifying bloody monsters again
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Vampire Mythologies Around 5 Dec 2013
By Orrin Grey - Published on Amazon.com
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As I've said before, the 194- series are probably my favorites of the B.P.R.D. comics to date, and 1947 is the best of them. This, however, is something else. Not just a continuation of 1947 (and the somewhat-more-disappointing 1948), this feels like something much bigger than just the resolution (and also beginning?) of Agent Anders' bizarre tale. This doesn't feel like a filler piece, or like a self-contained story, but rather the setup for something very big that we haven't really seen yet.

Between this and the various other relevant titles (Wake the Devil, 1946, 1947, "The Sleeping and the Dead"), Mignola has crafted a vampire mythology in the background of his Hellboy mythos that's as fresh, classic, and enthralling as any of the best of them. No small feat, for a comic that really isn't about vampires most of the time. And in some ways BPRD: Vampire may be among the best of them. Also, there's at least one moment that's as magical and profound as just about anything that's happened in Hellboy canon to date.

In an increasingly busy family of titles that necessarily disappoints more often than it did when it was less diluted, this is one of the best volumes in recent memory, and a must-read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good blend of horror, mystery, and melancholy 19 Jun 2014
By Joseph M. Reninger - Published on Amazon.com
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The B.P.R.D. has a long history of collecting misfits and using them as field agents. Hellboy is a demon child summoned by the Nazis at the end of World War II to change their fortunes. Abe Sapien is a fishman from the American Civil War era. Roger the Homunculus was grown in a German castle as a slave for bad guys. In B.P.R.D. 1948 Agent Simon Anders was a normal human until the souls of two crazy vampire sisters were imprisoned in him, turning him into a vampire. In this sequel, it's still 1948 and all Anders wants to do is hunt down other vampires. He's had dreams of a bizarre ceremony of vampires killing witches, nightmares inspired by the sisters' memories. Professor Broom sends him to Soviet Czechoslovakia to investigate a site of possible vampire activity. Anders goes on his own, hoping to wreak some vengeance.

The story is a fine blend of creepiness, sadness, and mythology that is so common in Hellboy and B.P.R.D. stories. The art does a great job of mimicking Mignola's style and telling the story without a lot of dialogue. It's well worth reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great art and story! 2 April 2014
By Kenobi19 - Published on Amazon.com
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Mignola always delivers! Loved the story and the artwork was a perfect compliment. Fans of Hellboy and/or B.P.R.D. will enjoy this one.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, gruesome art. Good vampire story, but nothing too new. 1 Mar 2014
By W. McCoy - Published on Amazon.com
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B.P.R.D.: Vampire follows events in B.P.R.D.:1947. B.P.R.D. is the paranormal organization that Hellboy is part of and in these stories he's still quite young, so the stories are about other members of the organization.

This story involves a young sailor named Simon Anders who seems to have two demonic sisters trapped inside him. He decides to go in search of the vampires behind these spirits. The question is if he will get lost in his quest for vengeance or if he can rid himself of the two spirits living inside.

I've read a few of the B.P.R.D. series. They are all informed by the art of Mike Mignola, so even though there are different artists, there is an overarching cohesive look to the series. I really like that approach. The artists on this 5-issue series are Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, Brazil's Wonder Twins. Their work here is gruesome and dark and I quite liked it.

I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for letting me review this graphic novel.
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