Sunday, February 5, 2012

Review: BPRD: Being Human

B.P.R.D.: Being HumanB.P.R.D.: Being Human by Mike Mignola

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This intriguing collection of short backstories for members of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (aka Hellboy's employer), is sure to delight Mike Mignola's loyal fans, and possibly, earn him new ones. Johann, the medium, and Liz, the firestarter steal the show in this collection which isn't a problem for me, but fans of Abe and Roger might be disappointed as they spend most of their time off the page.

Fans of Roger probably won't be too disappointed though since his story, which also happens to be called Being Human, is about an investigation he goes on with Hellboy to see why a southern family that has been dead for decades has suddenly resumed gathering in their abandoned house for family dinners. You know what that means? Zombies!

That brings me to another way this collection is awesome. If you're a ghoul like me, you will delight in the variety of gruesome creatures in its pages. This has everything except for vampires, and really, who needs them anyway?

Of course, what prequel collection would be complete without a sketchbook at the end? Being Human has that too. No cool fungus zombie like Baltimore: The Plague Ships, but plenty of awesome none the less.

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