- Posted by Johanna on March 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm
- Category: Indy Comic Reviews
- CREDITS: story by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi; art by Guy Davis
- PUBLISHER: Dark Horse; $3.50 US
I would expect an issue labeled “#3 of 3″ to serve as some kind of conclusion, so imagine my surprise when the last page ends “Continued”. I know there’s an ongoing story with the team, but this didn’t even minimally satisfy as an ending to this particular chapter.
It’s been a while since I’ve checked in with the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, so I was looking forward to catching up with the team. The cast has changed over, most obviously with the departure of firestarter Liz Sherman, but I could understand giving the spotlight to less well-known characters in order to give the writers more leeway. Unfortunately, although this miniseries promises the introduction of a “pivotal new character”, I didn’t get much sense of her as a person. Instead, she’s a mysterious force, a leader of ragtag runaways whose last pivotal action I was flummoxed by. I had no idea why she did what she did — other than to provide a cliffhanger in lieu of a conclusion.
Much of this issue is battle, which isn’t what I read adventure comics for. (Others may differ, especially when it comes to Mignola’s imaginative, art-driven franchise.) Sure, it’s interesting to see what kind of giant creature Guy Davis has come up with this time, but page after page of shooting at it feels like a waste. Disappointing — if this had been a good read, I would have caught up on the BPRD collections I was missing, but this tells me I wasn’t missing anything. (The publisher provided a digital review copy.)