In Review: B.P.R.D.: 1948 #3

The cover: Dave Johnson shows what can happen during a disection of an unknown creature. This happens nowhere in this book, but it’s still cool to look at. Overall grade: B+

The story: Soldier Simon is out for some R&R after the horrors he’s witnessed. It seems the mental effects will be lasting longer than the physical ones. Meanwhile, Dr. Anna Rieu has come up with a theory as to why these creatures are appearing, and Professor Bruttenholm may be raising an example that proves it. No major revelations this issue from Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, instead this is the issue where Rieu is brought up to speed with the readers and Simon is further solidified as a future threat. It was interesting to read, but was it fantastic? No. But is was “okay.” Overall grade: B

The art: I can’t flaw the work of Max Fiumara in any way. The Mignolaverse is a twisted place and Fiumara makes even “normal” humans strange and interesting to look at. When the opportunity does present itself to draw creatures of a horrific nature, such as Page 5, he succeeds wildly! His version of Hellboy has got to be the cutest supernatural thing this side of the River Styx. And his take on Dr. Rieu’s vision of a grown Hellboy is truly grotesque! Overall grade: A

The colors: A lot of browns, tans, yellows, and oranges are sued by Dave Stewart to age this comic to 1948, and it works. The story doesn’t present itself with any opportunities to deviate from these dated covers. Overall grade: B

The letters: Five sound effects, lots of dialogue, and a personal journal ably supplied by Clem Robbins. Overall grade: B

The final line: This is the middle issue of this series so I can expect a pause of some kind before the storm, and I’m hoping to see that next issue. Overall grade: B 

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