Comic Review: B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Volume 15: Cometh the Hour TPB (Dark Horse)

The final battle is upon us. The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, or BPRD, have been fighting these Lovecraftian creature for a while now, and it seems like it’s […]

The final battle is upon us.

The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, or BPRD, have been fighting these Lovecraftian creature for a while now, and it seems like it’s a losing battle. For every monster they stop, 10 more appear in it’s place. With Hellboy, and other BPRD agents, gone the only ones who can slow these evil forces is pyrokinetic Liz Sherman and disembodied psychic Johann Kraus, who is controlling an armored suit. Desperately outnumbered and overpowered, can the BRPD stop the forces of evil and save the world? This is their last stand.

This latest trade paperback collects issues # 143-147. The Hell on Earth storyline started back in 2010 and it’s been an emotional rollercoaster. This last arc is no exception. As much as I hate to see characters I like die, I have to give it up to Mike Mignola for actually keeping characters dead. Especially seeing we are dealing with the supernatural here. Like the entire Hell on Earth saga, this final chapter has a lot of ups and down and doesn’t end so pretty like you see in a lot of other comics. It’s very bittersweet. But Hellboy and BPRD have always been like that. As always, even in the end, we are left with more unanswered questions.

Mignola and John Arcudi have done on a stunning job here using a lot of different mythologies and crafting them into this amazing story.  Laurence’s art really adds this somber tone to the entire story that works here. It’s not very dark but like I said, somber. 

Now with Hell on Earth over, I’m curious as to what the next chapter of the BPRD will be.

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.