By Nick Banks
BPRD: Hell on Earth #138 Early Review
Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artist: Laurence Campbell
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: December 16, 2015
Rating: 9 out of 10
Synopsis: The battle for New York looks grim as Johann and Liz vainly try to defeat The Black Flame.
Our Thoughts: Mignola and Arcudi have been building to a wild climax of BPRD: Hell on Earth for some time now, and this issue is no disappointment. This issue reads like a classic super-hero battle as the two most powerful agents attempt to defeat an amped-up Black Flame. Next to the absent Hellboy, Liz’s flame pyrotechnic explosions and Johann’s salvaged Sledgehammer armor is the Earth’s best chance to win the day for humanity and ghosts alike. Campbell’s art conveys these battles in swaths of dark blue and black, which unfortunately, also make up the primary composition of the skull-headed creature who rules Manhattan (so, without giving away too much, the color scheme should tell you something). The Black Flame has never looked or acted more menacingly. In the entire battle, he rarely faces his opponents, instead exposing his back to them, conveying a sense of military might that regards Liz and Johann as gnats buzzing around his head.
If the series is coming to an end, this issue may very well signal the start.