Plague of Frogs

Author: Mike Mignola
Artist: Guy Davis
Titan Books
RRP 12.99
ISBN 1 84576 016 6
Available 25 February 2005

A shoot out in a secret laboratory leads to the escape of a giant fungus and the beginning of a plague of frogs. The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense must stop a madman from completing the doomsday work begun by the deranged monk Rasputin in the original
Hellboy book
Seed of Destruction...

Plague of Frogs is another impressive collection from the B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense) vaults. Following on from The Soul of Venice & Other Stories and Hollow Earth & Other Stories, this graphic novel consists of one long tale - instead of a collection of stories that the other releases have offered.

I found this collection to be more enjoyable for that reason. While it's nice to be able to dip in and out of a collection, there's nothing like deeper character development and spending a bit of time setting the scene. Plague of Frogs does this well and it's good to see Hellboy and B.P.R.D. creator, Mike Mignola finally writing for this series based on his characters. Abe Sapien fans are also in for a bit of a treat, as this collection examines his origins.

Guy Davis's art work is also worthy of note. He seems to be just as at home depicting Victorian street scenes as he is writhing, horrific monsters.

The only complaint I have, and this is a small one, is that there seemed to be too many instances were this collection plugged past collections (a bit like this review is doing). In one instance there were references made to three past collections over a two page spread. Now, I know that this collection may be picked up by people who have never read a Hellboy or B.P.R.D. story before, but I though this was a little overkill on the hard sell.

Otherwise, a faultless collection.

Pete Boomer

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