Thursday, June 28, 2012
Review - B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil's Engine #2
Published by Dark Horse, the second issue is written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, with illustrations by Tyler Crook, colors by Dave Stewart and letters by Clem Robins.
Andrew Devon is finding life has gone from bad to worse. In the aftermath of the massive train wreck, he's still "escorting" Fenix and her dog Bruiser, only that trip becomes even more difficult when a new enemy shows its ugly face.
The other thread in the story follows Zinco Corp. and really leaves a lot of loose threads. Marsten is overseeing the creation of a creature while researching the B.P.R.D. for whatever reason. It's unclear as to what their ultimately aiming to do, but considering there's only one issue left we'll find out soon enough.
Mignola and Arcudi have definitely ratcheted up the tension in the third issue. Throwing Devon and Fenix right into the middle of such a scary encounter was extremely well done. As a reader, you genuinely began to worry that one or both wouldn't survive, considering how voracious the creatures are.
Crook's art is definitely on point. There's a simplicity to them that belies a deeper complexity and it works very well. The creatures are illustrated with great ferocity and intensity, really cranking up the fear factor. Even the creature being created looks sufficiently creepy.
The first issue was a little slow to develop, but the second issue really sped up a lot. It was a great issue considering it's sandwiched between the first and last issues, setting up the end very well.
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil's Engine #2 is in stores now with interiors below.