If you’ll recall, I was looking forward to this series just to see how artists Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon interpreted this particular time in the “B.P.R.D.” universe. I don’t know if it was the strength of the material that they had to work with, but I was underwhelmed here. That’s probably my own fault in some regards since I was expecting the art to pop with the energy that’s on display in their other works like “The Umbrella Academy” and “Sugarshock,” but writers Mike Mignola and Josh Dysart aren’t really telling an energetic story here. What we get is a reasonably creepy ghost and vampire story as B.P.R.D. founder Trevor Bruttenholm sends four ex-military men to investigate a series of mass mutilations occurring throughout Europe. It has its moments, but the story is more of a slow burn that eventually sputters out rather than bursting into flame. Much like its predecessor, “1946,” this story had me wishing that they’d done a proper Mignola/Arcudi/Davis “B.P.R.D.” tale instead.
July 31, 2010