This week we’re treated to B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #112, Lake of Fire part 3 of 5. With the core team of Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Dave Stewart with Tyler Crook on art and a bright cover by Rafael Albuquerque, we reach the halfway point of the arc with Liz Sherman finally returning to her roots after losing her pyrokinetic abilities.
Mignola and Arcudi continue their focus on Liz Sherman and Fenix as we catch up with what’s going on at the hospital in Utah and the monster festival at the Salton Sea. Over at the Utah hospital, we find Liz Sherman running for her life from the mad doctor and his mutant, over-sized cat. Fenix is at the monster festival hanging out with the doomsday prepper, Bob, when the festival-goers start to lose their minds, and we get a little more of a glimpse into the history of Fenix. An interesting section is Johann Kraus’ revelation into the Zinco Corporation’s ex-CEO, Robert Marston, and how he ties into the monster happenings. It ends with Liz Sherman getting reacquainted with fire in preparation for a bigger showdown to come.
I really enjoyed the build-up to this point as we see Liz and Fenix both dealing with monster-themed enemies. The internal struggle inside Liz at the end is beautifully written by Mignola and Arcudi. She’s very insistent on not returning to her old ways, but upon being told the fire is a part of her, she makes note, “But if it isn’t, who am I?,” ending on a great shot of Liz starting to smile as she’s surrounded by the flames.
Tyler Crook’s talent shows through on scenes with busy backgrounds such as Johann’s lab with the various tv screens playing in the background. He keeps the scenes big but under control. His monster designs are great, too, as the mutant cat is simultaneously cute and scary like Kristen Stewart. I’m a big fan of Dave Stewart’s colors, especially as Liz accepts the flames and the pages are engulfed in yellows, oranges and reds. Rafael Albuquerque's cover of Liz running from the mutant cat is fun and Liz’s face being a part of the bright orange background is clever.
I was happy delving a little deeper into Fenix’s history. Genetic chimerism just has such a nice ring to it. As we reach the crest of the arc, this isn’t a bad jumping on point as we start to see how things will unfold with Liz, Fenix, Bob and Johann.