Martin John reviews BRPD: The Dead Remembered!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Issue Synopsis: Three years after accidently burning her family alive, 14-year-old firestarter Liz Sherman travels with Professor Broom to investigate a small New England town, where a terrible witch hunt occurred and a ghost plagues a priest's house.
Buy this book for your teen daughter and steal it afterward.
Whatever will BPRD do without Guy Davis? With Davis' last issue in the can, I decided it was time to take a look at what the new BPRD mini, The Dead Remembered. It looks to me that Mike Mignola and Company will just continue telling great stories about great characters with great artists. Mignola commands some major art respect and gets artists that artists talk about to do his books, while working with a stable of steady Dark Horse talents when it comes to the writing side of things. The Dead Remembered milks the Dark Horse stable of artists by bringing Karl Moline (Fray) to pencilling duties and Scott Allie (Hellboy: Odder Jobs) in for co-writing duties along with Mignola.
Now be forewarned, this book is not in the current history of the BPRD. The end of the world is not happening in this book.. This is a miniseries about the early days of Liz Sherman, our resident fire-wielder, and emotionally troubled young woman, going on a trip with Professor Bruttenholm to stretch her limbs, and to inspect a haunted house. Teenage angst and haunted houses mixed with Dark Horse and Karl Moline, it almost seems like Buffy.
The Dead Remembered is a solid comic. The art has a cleaner line than most Hellboy and BPRD work; it reflects the innocence of teenage-hood and works well for this story. As an introductory story it is something I would recommend to people looking to get into the Hellboy universe, as well as to long time fans. It has all the things that Hellboy does well: characterization, plot, ghosts, more ghosts, and more ghosts. Joe Chen provides a cover that would not look out of place on a Buffy book (which he provides covers for), and this suits the story and mood of the book entirely.
I hope to hell (pun intended) that people don't take this type of storytelling for granted. Hellboy, BPRD, The Amazing Screw-On Head, Witchfinder, and all the other titles in the Hellboy Universe are consistently some of the best comics that you can find on the shelves, and BPRD: The Dead Remembered is no exception. Solid art, rising action, and a creepy ending; give this book a shot, it is only a three issue mini and will be worth every dollar that you spend on it. If you've got a teenage daughter and want to purchase her a book this week, this is the one to get (and you can steal it from her afterward).
Review by: Martin John