In Review: B.P.R.D. #102

The cover: The “Master”, the Black Flame, has been resurrected and his powers seem to have grown in this illustration by Ryan Sook, who places the Flame atop a Nazi logo and the Ogdru Hem. Yep, this is major, and so is this image! Overall grade: A

The story: Two lines of dialogue from Page three sum up this book, which is the final part of “The Return of the Master”: “WHAT IS HAPPENING?” “Everything.” The Black Flame is back, the monolithic monsters are on the move–after laying eggs (!?!?!?), the situation in Scotland ends and then changes into something worse, a major character reappears in Utah, Moscow is going to pot, while something in a jar giggles. Wow, Wow, and Wow! from Mike Mignola and John Arcudi. I don’t know what new readers would make of this story, but for me–WOW! Overall grade: A+

The art: I do not envy Tyler Crook who has to give form to the new Black Flame, demonstrate his (“its”?) powers, skylines from around the world under siege from gigantic creatures, Scotland soldiers under seige, Moscow B.P.R.D. headquarters in chaos, and a new piece of equipment that could change things…or blow up really well! Overall grade: A+

The colors: A wide range of settings and characters make this the brightest looking issue of B.P.R.D. in a long, long time. Thumbs up to Dave Stewart for using realistic (an odd word choice, I admit, considering the content of this book) colors, rather than thematic or atmospheric choices. Overall grade: A

The letters: Practically every page has a fearful sound effect, plus great dialogue shows Clem Robbins to be working hard! Overall grade: A

The final line: Wow. Is there any hope at all? How much worse can this get? And why do I think that Mike Mignola would chuckle at that question? Overall grade: A

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