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B.P.R.D. Vol 3: Plague of Frogs

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

B.P.R.D. Vol 3: Plague of Frogs (2005) Mike Mignola and Guy Davis

I have to admit I was a tad bit disappointed when I saw Vol 3 was a single story and not a collection of short stories. It’s not that I dislike the longer format, it’s simply that I think the short stories are better.

Plague of Frogs however, surprised me. Written by Mike Mignola and drawn by Guy Davis, Plague of Frogs tells multiple tales within a single story. A giant spore escapes a secret laboratory, and the BPRD are called into clean up the mess. Meanwhile, Abe has been having disturbing dreams that are starting to affect his work–dreams that will lead him to the discovery of his own origin.

It is the stories within a story that strengthened the volume I believe. Well, that and the fact that there was a lot of material to cover here, so every panel seemed pertinent and important.

Although past stories were mentioned (lots of stories) they don’t seem to relate that much to the current story, so I believe you could start reading at this volume. However, chances are you’re reading BPRD because you were a fan of Hellboy, in which case there is a sense of satisfaction in finally learning Abe’s origins.
Rating: 7/10

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