August 6, 2015
B.P.R.D. 1947 By Mike Mignola, Joshua Dysart, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon
B.P.R.D. 1947 (From the pages of Hellboy)
By Mike Mignola, Joshua Dysart, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon
B.P.R.D. 1947 is one of the last installments to the B.P.R.D. series. This series tells of the events before Hellboy became a superhero. WWII has just ended and the United States is still very active in Europe rounding up SS officers to face justice for their war crimes. However when US officials open the train car in which the SS officers were being transported, the prisoners have been slaughtered by someone or something. After several of these incidents action must be taken.
Professor Bloom, who is in charge of the infant Hellboy, sends a team of soldiers to France to investigate the killings. A vampire is being blamed for the killings so the team plans to locate and dispatch him. The team of four soldiers was put together carefully and includes Jacob Stegner, a D-Day Survivor; Simon Anders, a merchant marine who survived twenty-four days alone in a lifeboat on the South Pacific; Frank Russel, a crude man who worked bomb and mine disposal in the African theatre; and Gabriel Ruiz, a Marine Raider who specialized in jungle warfare. This rag tag team must find the connection between this vampire and a gruesome opera written 200 years ago.
This book is an excellent mixture of occult thrill and mystery. It is the first book in the Hellboy universe I have read and I wasn’t lost or confused. This book explains the setting well without too much repetition that would bore someone familiar with Hellboy Lore (always a problem in so many book series). I would recommend this book for readers 13 and older interested in reading Hellboy. Although Hellboy, the character, makes only a brief appearance in this book, it is still an excellent introduction to the lore. This book does contain gore and violence so proceed with caution if this makes you squeamish. This book will get you into the Hellboy books or comic books in general if you are looking at a first book.
Reviewed by Jared (16 year-old son of SueBE)