B.P.R.D., Vol. 1: Hollow Earth and Other Stories by Mike Mignola
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first in the spin-off series from Hellboy, about the other members of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. It starts just after Hellboy quits, and it's all on Abe Sapien to be the leader of their team to go out and save the world from paranormal threats. Abe and his crew are still reeling from Hellboy's departure, but they have to move on because the world isn't safe. Along with Abe, and Roger, the homunculus, Johann Krauss joins the crew. He is a powerful medium who unfortunately had his body fried during an out of body experience during a seance. He was powerful enough to keep his spirit together, and now he had to wear a specially designed suit that contains his essence. Being spirit form comes in handy a lot in this story, and his special skill adds a lot to toolbox of the BRPD. They are dealing with a race of primitives who have traveled from the inside of the earth, yes the earth is Hollow, at least in this story. An old friend and former BRPD member needs their help big time, and they follow her trail into the earth.
This is a weird idea, to say the least. What does that say that I still gave it four stars? I guess I have to admit, I like weird stuff. Glad there are stories out there to cater to weird fiction lovers like myself.
I like seeing Abe take the wheel in this series. Abe is a cool character. He seems to be mostly cerebral (compared to the brawn and bravado of Hellboy), but he can hold his own. Additionally, he is a very empathetic, and caring person. That's a good combination in a leader.
While Hellboy's absence is felt, I still enjoy the BRPD stories, because the other characters are appealing and fascinating in distinct ways from Hellboy, and there is plenty of supernatural oddness to go around. And there is more Mignola to read, especially with Golden and Sniegoski along for the adventure. All good things.
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