Thursday, 28 January 2016
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Volume 8: Lake of Fire Review (Mike Mignola, Tyler Crook)
Fuuuucking hell, this is such a needless volume! Liz is convalescing in hospital, a crazy doctor’s reanimating dead animals and Fenix camps out in the Salton Sea where dirty hippies are worshipping a Kaiju egg or something because they’re morons. Anything else? Nope! So basically a whole book full of, at best, sub-plots!
It’s good to see Liz back at full pyro power and seeing her take down the mad doctor and his small army of warped creatures was fun (that’s not a spoiler, of course that’s why the pointless doc was there!). Fenix’s storyline though was absolutely boring, not to mention anticlimactic if you’ve followed this Salton Sea thing from when it began in the Abe Sapien series - zero payoff!
I just don’t think Fenix is a very good character. She’s completely derivative of Liz who, in turn, is derivative of Jean Grey. Liz I can forgive because Mike Mignola and co. have turned her into her own person but a photocopy of a photocopy is too far.
I’m struggling to wring out anything more from this incredibly sparse volume… uh, Tyler Crook’s art isn’t bad? Occasionally we cut to somewhere else in the world where a Kaiju’s attacking some poor soldiers to remind us that there’s a wider story going on. Yup, that’s about it! Unless you’re a BPRD completist like me, Lake of Fire is totally worth skipping as nothing and even more nothing happens!
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Volume 8: Lake of Fire