Review – B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth – The Pickens Country Horror #1

Story: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
Art: Jason Latour
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover Art: Becky Cloonan and Dave Stewart
Variant Cover: Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

You never know what can happen in the B.P.R.D. world, you know even less when you throw in mysterious fog and crazy people in toxic areas of the south. The Pickens Country Horror is a side story bringing in toxic lands and hazards to the B.P.R.D. crew,  Peters and Vaughn travel down South to find out about missing humans but the story twists into something more and then it keeps twisting until reaching sufficient levels of crazy and potential doom.

We get a glimpse of a country family sensitive to light and with a unique guest residing with them, their background gets even worse as the younger ones explore the wilderness they stumble upon the undead. While Peters and Vaughn see this as a waste of time for specimen gathering it’s just the start of a 200-year-old mess waiting to unearth itself in the midst of absolute chaos already hitting the globe. Vampires, supernatural gas, paranoid conspiracy authors and more are packed into this 2 part series and there’s some health drama for good measure.

Fans of the series will no doubt have a good fast paced run through this wild chase with the duo, the speed and detail of the story makes it easy to see this arc wrapping up nicely in issue 2 or opening a solid gateway from there. The art is simple but dark, the colors are slightly muted and the gestures convey the energy of each moment allowing readers to draw their own scenes in their mind. When going into details like the Professors house it goes into even more eerie feelings as the walls scattered with crosses tell the paranoia and possibly justified fears and theories held within the house.

Release date: March 28, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

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Gabriel Vega

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