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B.P.R.D. 1948 #1 by G-Man

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up some B.P.R.D. but I thought with the start of a new 5-part mini series I’d delve back in.

What I got here was the early days of the B.P.R.D. itself and Professor Bruttenholm firmly in place as a fully fledged field agent.  A brief intro with the Professor in talks with a ghost in Connecticut in 1948 and we’re whisked through time to a TV interview with a Mr Yessler, husband of Anna Rieu, a genius scientist who tried to make a difference in the world and we’re whisked back to a test site in 1948…..and things start to get weird.

Early nuclear tests see the disappearance of some key scientists involved in America’s top secret program and the arrival of a typically strange squid-like demon.  This ruffles the feathers of those in charge and to help save the program they call in Professor Bruttenholm to see what the B.P.R.D. make of the blurry photo’s they have.  All with a young Hellboy tagging along while under the watch of the Professor and the BPRD team.

We’ve got writers Mike Mignola & John Arcudi weaving our plot here with typical style – small glimpses of clues, smart relationships and strong characterisation gives this an almost instant appeal.  That’s been the magic of BPRD and Lobster Johnson when these two are involved.  Artwork by Max Fiumara and colours by Dave Stewart see a typically strong approach to the style of BPRD taken to a new level.  Writing and art working hand in hand AGAIN….commonplace with Hellboy/BPRD/Lobster Johnson to be fair and a sure fire sign of why these titles have the fanbase and staying power that they do.

Bought on a whim and I’m keen to go back and track down more of BPRD again…..not sure why I stopped.

7/10

G-Man


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