By Mignola, Arcudi, Davis & Crook
Publisher: Dark Horse
It's not looking too good on Earth as more and more demonic monstrosities appear and cities fall to their ravaging. Huge populations of refugees are on the move and there's a real sense that humanity is losing the war. As the outside word crumbles, the BPRD appear to be falling apart too with internal conflicts and the general overwhelming situation.
The book's divided into two parts, with Abe Sapien and team trying to track down a precognitive teenager who appears to be keeping a small group one step ahead of the calamity unfolding in Texas, while Liz Sherman is holed up in a trailer park with a bunch of sinister hillbillies.
BPRD has, to date, been one of my favourite series, with continuous high quality story and art, but I have to say this volume felt a little bit flat. It's a mixture of Abe Sapien operating out of character and the overall apocalyptic situation appearing too sudden and, at the same time, distant from the snippets of adventure taking place. It's as if it's taken a step too far away from what has kept it consistently fascinating and inventive. I can only hope that the following volume draws the threads together and gives the plot a firmer grounding. Not saying it's awful by any means, just didn't fulfil it's usual promise.
And if you liked that: The Hellboy collections are still going strong
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Volume 2: Gods and Monsters (Book)