Damn Those Frogs!
BPRD has become one of those soap opera comics where characters come and go, and those that readers thought dead return from the dead.Â Itâ€™s also a series that has had some very major arcs, that at times seem disjointed from one another until the doo-doo meets the spinning prop.Â The Black Goddess series started off as a story yanked from a different time, but by issues end, it all comes together George Peppard style.
Liz Sherman has been missing and presumed dead since the run in with the big spooky bad guy, but her fellow teammates have kept hope alive, and have tracked Gilfryd to the Himalayas and presumably the lost city of Shangri-la.Â Abe, Johann, and Kate Corrigan arenâ€™t making the journey alone, as theyâ€™ve brought an entire army to back them up.
Itâ€™s a pretty trippy journey as Abeâ€™s heroic side emerges from his oft stoic side, and letâ€™s loose as he tries unsuccessfully to get Liz back from Gilfrydâ€™s grasp.Â She seems pretty content, deep in meditation, and oblivious to her friends arrival.Â There is a great deal of Eastern mysticism present in the story, and because of the events that just took place in B.P.R.D.: The Warning, there seems to be a disconnect between the stories. That is until Gilfryd tells the group that he and Liz are the worldâ€™s only hope.Â Itâ€™s at that moment, the frogs and denizens of Hyperborea attack the city, leaving the army and band of monks to fend off the attack.
Itâ€™s at this moment where the issue click and the themes and arcs from other tales finally come together in an explosive climax that causes the reader to wonder how anyone will be able to escape the carnage.
While I enjoy comics that are steeped in continuity, lately the B.P.R.D. series is getting to the point, where readers need to memorize every minor detail, in every issue, in order to understand everything that is going on.Â Itâ€™s almost to the point where new readers are going to have a difficult time jumping on board the series, because everything now builds upon what has gone on before.Â Still, the Black Goddess story is entertaining, as readers are presented with a new chapter in the life of Liz and Abe.Â By the end of this series, expect something to happen that will truly change the dynamic of the team, once again.
Guy Davisâ€™s art continues to be spectacular, as he able to show the gruesomeness and creepiness of all the things that go bump in the night.Â Itâ€™s a perfect compliment to Mike Mignola and John Arcudiâ€™s writing.Â While Iâ€™m still a bit troubled by the deep plot threads and side stories that are required knowledge when reading this issue, it is still a very good issue worthy of a 3 Star Rating.