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Mike Mignola

Frogs 2

It's hard to live in the shadow of a great character. The members of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (or B.P.R.D.)—Abe Sapien (an amphibious man in a stasis chamber), Roger (a homunculus brought to life by fire), Liz Sherman (a firestarter who accidentally killed her family), Johann Kraus (the spirit of a medium who now lives in a bubble suit) and Kate Corrigan (a history professor who got out of the classroom and into the field)—were often overshadowed by Hellboy, their leader, but now find themselves investigating (and often battling) the supernatural on their own. This collection continues the overall arc started in the first volume, and like that book, is a collection of short stories as well as the longer multi-volume epic. The first book introduced The Plague of Frogs where an incident at a B.P.R.D. facility eventually lead to an outbreak of people turning into gigantic frogs in a small backwater town in upstate Michigan. While the B.P.R.D. was able to stop most of the outbreak, some of the creatures got away and are starting to spread across the United States. Book 2 opens with the frog creatures showing up in more and more areas just as the B.P.R.D. is struggling to find enough funds to fight the plague. The book is a collection of shorter works, some of which feed into the larger arc and some of which stand alone, as well as the larger Plague of Frogs story. It's written by several contributors with co-writing credit for the longer arc by Hellboy's creator Mike Mignola. Art, lettering, and inking is split among many people and stands out both because of the consistent look across all the pages but also the beautiful choice in colors: a subdued mix of grays, browns, and greens, fitting with the horror elements of the story. Thrills and chills abound, a story that kept me up late at night. I'll be picking up Volumes 3 and 4 as soon as I can!

Fred
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Mike Mignola

Plague of Frogs Vol ...

It's hard to live in the shadow of a great character. The members of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (or B.P.R.D.)—Abe Sapien (an amphibious man in a stasis chamber), Roger (a homunculus brought to life by fire), Liz Sherman (a firestarter who accidentally killed her family), Johann Kraus (the spirit of a medium who now lives in a bubble suit) and Kate Corrigan (a history professor who got out of the classroom and into the field)—were often overshadowed by their leader Hellboy, but now find themselves investigating, and often battling, the supernatural on their own. Volume 3 is all about major transitions. We say goodbye to some, perhaps forever. Have those horrors lurking in Liz's dreams been put to rest as well? Stay tuned... As with the earlier two books in the series, it is written by several contributors with co-writing credit for the longer arc story by Hellboy's creator Mike Mignola. Art, lettering, and inking is split among many people and stands out both because of the consistent look across all the pages but also the beautiful color choices: a subdued mix of grays, browns, and greens, fitting with the horror elements of the story. I went through Plague of Frogs Volume 3 in one evening. When is Volume 4 coming out?

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