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Agent Johann, the ectoplasmic man, leads a special task force through the monster-filled Northwestern woods in order to hunt down and kill the man he blames for leaving him a disembodied spirit. In the Southwest, agent Devon and the psychic crust punk Fenix form an uneasy alliance in order to escape the horde of the giant bat-faced monsters. Written by Mike Mignola and JohAgent Johann, the ectoplasmic man, leads a special task force through the monster-filled Northwestern woods in order to hunt down and kill the man he blames for leaving him a disembodied spirit. In the Southwest, agent Devon and the psychic crust punk Fenix form an uneasy alliance in order to escape the horde of the giant bat-faced monsters. Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, and drawn by James Harren (Conan the Barbarian) and Tyler Crook (Petrograd), this arc continues the series Comics Alliance calls "one of the best books on the stands."...

Title : B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 4: The Devil's Engine & The Long Death
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B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 4: The Devil's Engine & The Long Death Reviews

  • Artemy
    2019-01-12 09:41

    Holy crap, what a fantastic volume! Action-packed to the gills, full of terror, suspense and gore, this was a brilliant book, and one of the best in the series so far. Daimio and Darryl the Wendigo finally see their storylines come to a conclusion, and thanks to James Harren's stunning artwork, it was an absolutely gut-wrenching scene. Meanwhile, Devon and Fenix are on the run from monsters, trying to get to Colorado and the BPRD headquarters. I don't think I like Devon as much as I did in the olden days of B.P.R.D., Vol. 6: The Universal Machine, but it was nevertheless a thrilling story arc. I'm really interested to see where Fenix's storyline is headed, and the scenes from the mysterious ZinCo corporation are ominous as usual — I'm getting a strong Wolfram & Hart vibe from those guys...

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-12-21 12:43

    “The Long Death” was definitely my favourite of the two 3-issue stories collected in this volume. Johann leads a team of agents to British Columbia to investigate a spate of bloody killings carried out by a were-jaguar and former BPRD colleague, Daimio. But Johann goes prepared to stop Daimio’s bloody rampage once and for all.As good as the story is, the artist James Harren deserves special mention for his outstanding work, drawing what is one of the goriest BPRD stories I’ve read in a good while. He draws the Wendigo amazingly too, giving him this profound sadness in his silent panels, and the Wendigo’s close-up expression on his face before fighting the were-jaguar? Extraordinary. The background art is beautiful too, he really captures the stillness and eeriness of the snowy woods at night perfectly.There is a massive fight between Wendigo and were-jaguar in this story that I didn’t expect to be as epic as it was but Harren does a marvellous job with the action. The characters move on the page and I loved how Wendigo’s movements seemed believable despite his figure being wholly unreal.Not that “The Devil’s Engine” is bad, it just isn’t as inspired as “The Long Death”. In this one Agent Devon is escorting Fenix and her dog, Bruiser, back to BPRD HQ but finds trouble when their train derails and some kind of spider monsters chase them in the middle of a desert. It’s a testament to Mike Mignola and John Arcudi’s storytelling abilities that they’re able to take 2 characters, Johann Krauss and Agent Devon, who, when the series started out, were solely background characters but are now the leads of a book - and you care about them as much as you would if it were Hellboy and Abe in their roles. Johann especially is becoming more and more likeable.Duncan Fegredo who draws the covers for all the issues has to be mentioned. He is simply the best. Each one of those covers blew me away. He takes Mignola and his team’s outlandish monster creations and turns them into things of utter beauty. That first cover of “The Long Death” where Johann is walking in the woods is wonderful as is the cover of the second issue to ”The Devil’s Engine” with the careening lorry with the monstrosity atop it, and when Dave Stewart’s colouring them? Comic book nirvana. I wish these two would draw everything Mignola wrote, they are an unbeatable artistic duo.This is an excellent fourth volume in the “Hell on Earth” series proving that Mignola only gets better with age. I don’t know where it’s going but Mike Mignola’s creating a helluva comics tapestry with all of his books that are swelling literally into the dozens and seem to overlap in the most brilliant ways. I re-read “BPRD, Volume 6: The Universal Machine” recently because I love that book but it turned out to be fortuitous as the Wendigo character in Abe’s story from that book reappears for the first time since then in “The Long Death”. Also, if you want to get the most out of this story, check out “BPRD, Volume 8: Killing Ground” to find out who this Daimio chap is and how he came to be a were-jaguar. You can still enjoy this book without reading either book but “The Universal Machine” is seriously one of the best books Mignola’s ever written so it’s well worth checking out. Nobody else is doing monster comics this good - can’t wait to read more in this brilliant series!

  • Paul
    2019-01-04 14:47

    Hey, horror fans! Yeah, I'm talking to you! Do you like blood, guts, action, a bit of the old ultraviolence and some actual genuine edge-of-your-seat scares? Well, look no bloody further!This volume of BPRD collects 'The Long Death' and 'The Devil's Engine' written by John Arcudi and Mike Mignola and illustrated by James Harren and Tyler Crook, respectively, who all bring their A-game. Oh, and while I'm doing the credits, let's not forget Dave Stewart's phenomenally good colour art. For my money, Stewart is hands-down the best colourist working in the comicbook industry today; his work consistently impresses me.This volume is a genuine treat for fans of the macabre and even manages to fit in some character development. What more could anybody want? Just read it and send me flowers and chocolates later...

  • Laura
    2019-01-01 11:53

    Hellboy died for England. The frogs have been beat back but the Lovecraftian monsters still rise. Also there was a dog. I miss Hellboy.

  • Otherwyrld
    2019-01-05 16:34

    In the first story, agent Devon and teenage psychic Fenix take a train to B.P.R.D. headquarters, but a vision causes them to jump off just before the train is derailed. They have to work together to survive after monsters attack the train.In the other story, Johann Kraus goes into the wilderness to track down the missing former field commander Daimo, who has apparently been doing bad things which is why he has run away. This is one of the things that is missing in my reading at the moment, so it is unclear what is happening here (or even more so at this point).In the background, The Zinco Corporation are continuing with their weird Frankenstein experiments, and may be on the verge of a breakthrough. The purpose of these experiments become clearer.This is a placeholder review until I can fill in some of the gaps in my reading. The review and the rating may change after a reread.

  • Spencer
    2018-12-18 13:57

    The Devils Engine was a decent story, but I really loved The Long Death - the writing was better, it was more exciting and an ongoing story line is wrapped up in a very satisfying way.I liked Tyler Crook's art in this volume, but I loved James Harrens. The Long Death was elevated due to his art, he created a brutal experience, festooned in gore and made it strangely beautiful

  • Garrett
    2019-01-16 10:29

    The most entertaining BPRD comic I’ve read so far. The first story is an awesome road trip Tremors style story with Devon and Liz, and the second story is a fight between Ben Daimio and the Wendigo. It was sad to see Ben die though, I was hoping he could have redeemed himself.

  • Sesana
    2018-12-18 14:46

    Of the two stories, I liked The Devil's Engine less. There's nothing wrong with it, but neither Devon nor Fenix thrill me as characters. The Long Death is a much better story, even if I'm not a big fan of Johann, either. It seems like the narrative is going to start dealing with the issues that have been popping up around him for the last couple dozen or so issues. But I was really far more interested in Daimio and the Wendigo. There's a lot of action in this storyline, and artist James Harren does a fantastic job making it brutal and realistic. He also seems to have a gift with showing emotion, which is very nice to see. I'd be happy to see more of him on B.P.R.D.

  • Eisnein
    2019-01-07 16:34

    Mike Mignola has been an "artists' artist" since he first blew everyone away in the mid-late eighties, emerging from behind a Walt Simonson/Jack Kirby fusion with his now unmistakable atmospheric and angular chiaroscuro style. Just as he was becoming one of the biggest names in comics, with books like the 'prestige' format 'Batman: Gotham by Gaslight' tailor-made to showcase his brilliance and originality, he decided to jump ship. Leaving superheroes and the 'big two' for the creative freedom of Dark Horse, he joined Frank Miller and John Byrne as part of the 'Legend' imprint of creator-owned titles. When 'Hellboy' debuted, the strength of the art obscured the insecurities Mignola felt as a writer. The first mini-series, 'Seed of Destruction', was scripted by John Byrne, but 'Wake the Devil' saw a rapid development in his abilities as a storyteller, as he broke free of the assembly-line mind-set that reinforces a distinction between writers and artists at Marvel and DC. His honesty and utter lack of pretention has always been admirable, and from the start he explained 'Hellboy' as a vehicle for his obsessions with pulp fiction and gothic horror, with a reckless approach to plotting that was often decided by an urge to draw a giant ape with bolts in its neck (for example).The scope and complexity of the 'Mignolaverse' grew exponentially when the BPRD and Hellboy went their separate ways. John Arcudi took the 'Plague of Frogs' storyline in exciting and always unpredictable directions, and Guy Davis emerged as a singular artistic force, with Eisner awards confirming the critical and popular acclaim he so richly deserved. When Mignola chose Davis as artist on the first 'Plague of Frogs' arc, he was best known for his run on the Vertigo series 'Sandman Mystery Theatre', which was not the best representation of his abilities. Given their seemingly opposing artistic styles, it is a testament to Mignola's judgement that he saw the potential in Davis, who is now considered the most imaginative monster artist ever, perhaps even better than Mignola himself. The Hellboy and BPRD books have become the most reliably entertaining and artistically brilliant titles on the shelf, using a combination of respected veterans and gifted newcomers: Richard Corben, John Severin, Duncan Fegredo, Ryan Sook, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Paul Azaceta, Jason Shawn Alexander, Peter Snejbjerg, Ben Stenbeck, Sebastian & Max Fiumara, Scott Hampton, Kevin Nowlan, Jason Latour... and so on. Pound for pound, Hellboy, BPRD, Abe Sapien, Witchfinder, Baltimore and Lobster Johnson have the best art in mainstream comics.[SPOILERS}With Volume 4 of the 'Hell on Earth' storyline, the reader gets two entertaining tales, smaller in scope, that serve to develop newer characters and resolve one of the original series best narrative threads. With Guy Davis gone, Mignola's unerring eye for talent is proven once more, with two exceptional new artists who each put their skill to the test on their respective stories. 'The Devil's Engine' is illustrated by Tyler Crook, who has a style similar enough to Guy Davis' pencils and inks to keep the unique look of BPRD intact, but uses a flawless European 'ligne claire' that contrasts with the sketchier, suggestive rendering of his predecessor. 'The Devil's Engine' begins with Agent Devon trying to escort the teenaged danger-detector Fenix back to BPRD headquarters. What promises to be an aggravating train-ride with a hostile girl who may or may not have useful premonitory powers, soon turns into a nightmare. After she freaks out and leaps from the moving train, Devon is forced to follow. She provides all the proof he needs of 'useful abilities' when the train crashes violently into a deep crater, killing the passengers. Their close call provides little relief, however; terrifying Hammerheaded monstrosities force them to seek refuge in an overturned trailer. Their desperate battle for survival makes for an exciting tale, and Crook proves himself to be among the very best artists in comics.Both of the stories in this softcover collection are great, but it is 'The Long Death' that steals the show. Johann Kraus heads north to find his former boss, Ben Daimio -- whose shocking secret about his mysterious death and rebirth in Central America resulted in the massacre of several BPRD agents. It also destroyed the colossal human body that Krauss had been able to inhabit, living once more as a human, instead of a vaporous ectoplasmic revenant in a containment suit. The disappearance of a couple forest rangers in British Columbia alerts Kraus to Daimio's location, but his hunt goes very wrong when he leaves his squad to search on his own, as Daimio eludes him to surprise the sleeping BPRD agents in his Were-Jaguar form. Kraus gets his own shot at vengeance, involving a stone knife, a ranger's mutilated corpse, and a rotting moose carcass, but is unable to kill the beast. When the Jaguar-god that has possessed Daimio faces off against Daryl the Wendigo, however, it is one of the most terrifically violent episodes of monster mayhem in recent memory. The writing is excellent, but the art of James Harren is truly something special. He renders the violence between two legendary creatures with an exaggerated style that is stunning, with a gift for conveying natural/unnatural movement and kinetic impact in a way that is both shocking and convincing. The rampage of the Jaguar-thing is explosive; as it tears through human bodies, blood and viscera practically drip from the page. Harren's fusion of American comics, Japanese manga, and European bande dessinee techniques produce a final showdown between Daryl and Daimio that almost feels animated. His way of depicting the contortions and movements of two supernatural beasts engaged in a wordless, brutal struggle to the (second) death is brilliant. This three-issue mini-series put the comic-world on notice -- James Harren is a f***ing superstar. He's destined to become the new 'monster-master', but it's hard to say, since he's still playing with toys that belong to Guy Davis, even though his heavily stylized twist is unique. Once he brings a few toys of his own to the BPRD sandbox, things will get even more interesting. It's a fun read all around, but the art alone is worth the price-tag. There have been murmurs of complaint that BPRD: Hell on Earth has stalled, but it remains one of the few mainstream comics I follow, along with Saga, Fatale, Stray Bullets: Killers, Pretty Deadly, The Walking Dead, Prophet and Sovereign (by a strange coincidence, all titles published by Image... a few years back, The Walking Dead was the only title Image published worth reading). And while I'm screwing around with lists, James Harren and Tyler Crook join Michael Deforge, Jesse Jacobs, Paul Maybury, Emma Rios, and James Stokoe, as amazing artists who have only been at it seriously for a few years, making very different comics, but who have emerged as truly original talents.

  • James
    2019-01-01 16:35

    This volume continues the adventures of the B.P.R.D. crew as they try to adjust to--and ultimately rescue--a post-apocalyptic world. The trade is divided into two parts, each with its own artist. The first installment, "The Devil's Engine" was my favorite of the two. It centers on bookish agent Devon's attempts to ferry a teen clairvoyant, Fenix, through a wasteland landscape to the B.P.R.D. headquarters. Their journey is literally derailed, and the pair are soon dodging the demons that now stalk the Texas panhandle. It's an effective story, with assured, vivid art by Tyler Crook. Writers Mike Mignola and John Arcudi throw in nice character moments along with some ominous foreshadowing about the potential evil lurking within the B.P.R.D. The ending is a little neat, though, and far too reminiscent of blaze-of-glory action scenes that have come before it. But the story as a whole is nice.I wasn't quite as taken with the second offering, "The Long Death." The premise here is intriguing also; ghost-man Johann Kraus leads a team to the Pacific Northwest for a bid at revenge on the monster that "killed" his human body. He doesn't tell the group that, though, and when he abandons them to hunt down his quarry, the group is set upon and largely slaughtered.That dereliction of duty is an interesting plot development, one that I hope will be explored in future issues, as promised here. Mignola and Arcudi do a good job here introducing some new faces among the B.P.R.D. grunts--and giving us a reason to be invested in the gore. Ultimately, though, the story comes down to a gruesome monster battle reminiscent of the old "Hulk vs. The Thing" face-offs that Marvel used to trumpet. The art by James Harren is expressive and dripping with detail, but the conflict comes down to who gets the last punch in, which isn't as engaging as it could be.Still a nice entry to the series, but I hope the next installment offers more depth with the plotting and its implications.

  • Jeff Lanter
    2018-12-31 08:31

    I'm rounding the score up from 3.5 stars for this volume. I really enjoyed The Devil's Engine. The tension is absolutely fantastic and so is the art. It is refreshing to focus on characters who are helpless and it really plays up the horror. The Long Death gives you nice closure (especially if you've been following the entire series) but doesn't surprise you and is missing some horror or suspense. Instead, only the first issue of the three is great and the other two are just alright as it focuses on a fight between two recurring characters. While I already know volume 5 is going to be more shorter stories, I look forward to the main plot of B.P.R.D. resuming because the shorter stories are generally just not quite as good and/or satisfying to read.

  • Canavan
    2019-01-14 13:41

    ✭✭✭✭

  • Joe Donley
    2019-01-09 15:45

    Not Daimo!

  • Robert Hudder
    2019-01-10 16:30

    Finally an end to a storyline that I have been waiting for a long time. Daryl the Wendigo... I just can't spoil it.

  • K De
    2019-01-13 15:50

    Fantastic artwork and a fitting story ending for Capt. Damiao.

  • Julian
    2018-12-23 10:33

    I had a hard time rating this one for multiple reasons. The two stories contained in the volume are very distinct and pretty much unconnected and the quality of the two plots varies drastically. The Long Death is by far the better story of the two and finally puts to an end (or does it?) the issues surrounding Daimio's disappearance waaaaaaaay back in Killing Ground (volume 8, before the re-start of "Hell on Earth"). I'm glad to have this storyline see some attention again but all of the fun, shock and mystery of the original event where Daimio goes wild and leaves has completely left since the series has had 10 collections to bridge the gap and never has. 7 volumes of the story went by without so much as even mentioning Daimio at all. From a storytelling standpoint I think that this was handled in a horrendous manner for multiple reasons. The first being that Johann hasn't really evolved as a character over the course of their time apart and comes to the final confrontation with the same motivations he had 10 collections (and thousands of pages) ago, this is a failure. Having such a long time unfold with basically nothing changing to impact Daimio's story served to simultaneously ruin any sense of mystery as well as destroy the buildup of the encounter which is only made worse because there has been no character progression between Daimio or Johann as it relates to this story - none at all. Johann is still bent on revenge over the destruction of his body and Daimio is the man who can't control his powers. This storyline could have occurred in volume 9 or 10 and it would have fit right into place and made a whole lot more sense from every angle (then we could wait 10 more volumes to see if Daimio or the Wendigo come back into the picture). It really seems like the writers didn't know what to do with the character and let this story sit for far longer than it should have. The absence of Daimio from the BPRD team made the subsequent books far less interesting since he was exactly the kind of character that the group needed (at least when Abe was acting all depressed). Daimio was a character who came in and was a hardass, yeah, but his personality conflicted with all the others in exactly the right way. Ever since Daimio's departure his personality has been implanted onto other characters in an attempt to create conflict at any given point in time and this has been quite unsuccessful (examples of this abound of Abe in particular, but just look at how Kate acts in the last volume toward Johann and tell me that Daimio shouldn't have been in that role instead). The writers of BPRD keep grafting attributes of Daimio onto others when he already existed - thank God that hasn't happened with Roger.The other story, "The Devil's Engine", left me a little confused because I didn't remember seeing any devilish engines but maybe I didn't look hard enough? The two characters are so uninteresting that I can't remember their names despite them being important parts of the story by now (I guess?). The guy-from-the-Bureau and psychic-lady are so dull that I can't really find anything to say about them at all. Neither of them has the charm or personality of the other BPRD members and they both only alternate between being angry or complaining. These two characters need to join up with the rest of the crew ASAP.

  • Wing Kee
    2018-12-17 10:51

    Holy wow Harren's art is...wow!With each volume of 'Hell on Earth' we are seeing the greater arc move forward, but with all the moving pieces of this massive story we are also these small intimate stories and they are amazing.World: Crook's art is good, not Guy Davis good but I am starting go get into his art and it fits this series so well, no complaints there. Harren on the other hand holy wow. The first couple of pages I did not feel it, the art style is much different, the color pallet also different I did not feel it. That is until Daimo and the violence started and then like a switch I was hooked. It's hard to express Harren's art without looking it, the viceral nature of it, the motion, the emotions and rawness of it. The facial expressions which I at first thought was off was actually perfect, amazing, and gripping. I am absolutely hooked now, bravo. The world building here is always strong and this arc we take a closer look at characters instead of the overall world, it's great, because Arcudi and Mignola knows we need to care about the people if we are the care about the world. The world is just there, this arc but it's still a wonderful sandbox to visit.Story and Character: I can't talk about the story, this arc is that intertwined. Two gripping tales that at it's heart is all about the characters. 'Devil's Engine' is balls to the walls none stop once it starts, and between those scary scenes are wonderful intimate quiet dialog scenes that give you so much. Devon has been a character that has been a lynch pin and it's exactly what he's designed to be, but this time we get a look at him and this is truly the first time we get to hear his side of the story, what he thinks and what drives him. Having Fenix there as an audience is great cause it gives us a more intimate tone instead of just a voice-over. 'The Long Death' man this story has been building for a long time, since the middloe of 'Plague of Frogs' and the ending is spectacular. Not only for the amazing art, but it's more about the emotional core of the story and the dialog between Johann and Daimo. It's great, it will break your heart, and it will make you cry. It's a powerful piece and shows how important characters are for this book and how important these characters are for the reader. A wonderful collection of two stories that give us a deeper look into these characters. They are tragic and unique, all hail Mignola and Arcudi!Onward to the next book!

  • Matthew Brady
    2019-01-04 15:55

    The series seems to keep plugging along, and yes, it's still pretty good. Two stories in this volume; the first sees Devon trying to escort the psychic girl Fenix back to BPRD headquarters and fighting some monsters along the way, and the second wraps up Captain Daimio's story as Johann figures out where he is and goes after him to get revenge for killing the body that he had for a little while. Of the two, the latter is probably more satisfying, since it's one of the nastier stories the series has had in a while, featuring lots of blood, gore, dismemberment, disembowelment, and just general awful violence. I think it's the debut of James Harren on art, and he's quite good, delivering at least one striking monster moment (when Johann has a vision of a Guy Davis-style creature ripping out from inside his containment suit) and many, many scenes of Daimio's jaguar-god form eviscerating agents and animals, and throwing down with his Wendigo buddy. I'm not as sold on Harren's human faces, but I might get used to them in time.So anyway, it's a decent volume, but at this point in the series, it's not grabbing me like it was in the pre-Hell on Earth days. That might be due to the absence of at least two of the main leads, it might be that I'm still feeling the loss of Guy Davis, or it might just be that the series is telling quieter stories, building to something bigger (there definitely seems to be something in the offing with Zinco, perhaps a new Black Flame, and we're still waiting for Abe to come out of his coma and Liz to return to the fold). We'll see if the next few volumes manage to go a bit bigger.

  • Tucker Stone
    2019-01-04 10:41

    One of the few great serialized comics of the last twenty years spent most of 2012 pissing its luster down the drain with a series of decisions so progressively bad that one wonders if Mike Mignola might have suffered an undiagnosed cerebral hemorrhage, but before doing so, James Harren–a young artist who somehow managed to have a Deviant Art page without becoming either a racist or a sex criminal–turned out the most dynamic and bizarre series of fight comics outside of Japan, where they probably publish crazy shit like this all the time. The story, which won’t make sense to you unless you read the B.P.R.D. regularly, and if that’s the case, you won’t need me to tell you what it is, consisted mostly of supergroup power chords, with the series three scene-stealingist characters brutalizing one an other for 60-odd pages. You can’t make a menu out of these kinds of comics, but you can create one epic memory of a meal.

  • Sonic
    2018-12-25 08:36

    I could just use my same review for "Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest" :"Fun horror with lots of action.Some of the artwork is a little shakybut for the most part, pretty damn good!"but these stories which are part of a larger context deserve a lil' more criticism.Both books bring in what I consider second-stringer artists (forgive me for saying so) and in both cases with mixed results. It was both disappointing and wonderful what they brought to it.But in this case I felt less forgiving (or accepting) as these characters (which as I said fit in a larger framework) feel more like "sacred" territory, making me almost wish they had been illustrated by Guy Davis.I finished this last night and I am still processing the character development in "The Devil's Engine" and the plot development in "The Long Death"!

  • Orrin Grey
    2018-12-23 12:41

    So far I'm mostly enjoying the B.P.R.D. "Hell on Earth" series, even as the stories are almost becoming too fragmented for my tastes. I don't care for the storyline involving Fenix and Devon ("The Devil's Engine"), because I don't really care much for either character so far, though I am still enjoying Tyler Crook's art. I liked "The Long Death" much better, and it was nice to finally get some payoff for a storyline that's been going on with Johann's and Daimio's characters for what seems like forever. There's also a monster fight that feels like it came straight out of the world's most gruesome Ray Harryhausen movie, which is pretty awesome.

  • Cale
    2018-12-23 16:32

    This collects two shorter BPRD tales. I liked the Devil's Engine better of the two, focusing on Agent Andrew Devon and putting him and his 'psychic' cohort Carla, as they try to get back to Colorado, and end up facing down a new kind of threat. The action works very well, and the dynamic between the two is not a normal one, but works really well.The Long Death is probably the most graphic and gory BPRD title so far, as it wraps up the story of a former member. It has some other disturbing imagery (Johann's dream especially), but beyond the violent battles, it doesn't really have a strong story or purpose.

  • Gerardo
    2019-01-12 09:55

    Volume che riesce a combinare tragico e splatter: le tavole rendono plastiche le azioni sanguinarie tipiche dell'universo di Hellboy, testimoniando tutto il pathos delle creature mostruose fuori eppure così intimamente umane. Essenziale nella sua violenza, per quanto questa frase possa apparire paradossale. Johann Kraus si conferma il personaggio fumettistico migliore che ci sia in circolazione: dove c'è lui, c'è la certezza di una storia ben fatta. Dopo tanto tempo l'universo Hellboy emoziona ancora come le prime volte.

  • BJ Haun
    2018-12-31 16:38

    I didn't really like The Devil's Engine. The two characters in it are not my favorite, and in fact one is just really, really annoying.The Long Death is way better. It has been interesting to see Johann take point on missions. And we finally get to (view spoiler)[see then of the hunt of Daimio come to an end. Both the fight between Johann and Daimio, as well as the battle between Daimio and the Wendigo were pretty awesome (hide spoiler)].

  • Craig
    2018-12-17 13:51

    Devon is my least favorite character - a whiner with a holier-than-thou complex. Couple him with the equally annoying/ bitchy Fenix, "killer" of Abe, and the first half of this book is simply never going to engage me. The second half of the book is essentially a gore fest, where six pages of intestines flying across each page is meant to pass as storytelling? Sorry, BPRD, but this is the last case for me.

  • Roybot
    2019-01-03 08:55

    More Johan and Fenix...After the last volume's exploration of Johan, this arc really puts him through the wringer. It'll be interesting to see where this goes. The return of some much anticipated characters and the tragic resolution of some lingering plots from long ago make this one a sad but excellent read.

  • Fraser Sherman
    2018-12-31 14:33

    A good follow-up on the tormented Captain Daimio, as Johann Krauss leads a BPRD team to take on the captain in revenge for him destroying Johann's former body. Meanwhile Devon finds the psychic young woman who shot Abe and tries to get her back to the BPRD despite the growing numbers of monsters. Solid work.

  • Ben Brackett
    2019-01-12 09:30

    I'm warming up to the new BRPD format - previously what interested me in the series was monsters attempting to find humanity and the team dynamics. I do still prefer that to the straight-up action title its become, but it seems like there are seeds being planted that may make it more interesting again.

  • Ryan
    2018-12-20 10:41

    My biggest criticism with the latest story arc is that there are no longer any characters to connect with. This volume makes up for that by rounding out the more human cast of characters and adding a couple of new main players. There are also some pretty grisly monster to fights to add to the fun.

  • Jeb
    2018-12-30 16:34

    Both stories here are solid, but don't really fit well together, making this volume feel more uneven than maybe it really is. Was happy to see the resolution of Diamo's story, though wish it could have gone another way.