RAGNA ROK ! B.P.R.D. : THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, VOLUME 3 review
RAGNA ROK ! B.P.R.D. : THE DEVIL YOU KNOW VOLUME 3 review
B.P.R.D. : THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, VOLUME 3 – RAGNA ROK TPB. Dark Horse : July 17, 2019. Collects B.P.R.D. : THE DEVIL YOU KNOW #11-15.
Mike Mignola and Scott Allie – writers
Laurence Campbell – artist
Dave Stewart – colorist
This is the conclusion to the B.P.R.D. series’ master story arc, 15 years in the making – and another conclusion of sorts for Hellboy, who first got his own Dark Horse comic book in 1994 – making 25 years of HELLBOY comics. So, then, this would be a good choice, if you wanted to read just one story arc, one comics collection, in either series, because you’ll know the Big Ending to both series.
I say this advisedly, because there’s stuff in RAGNA ROK that only hardcore fans like myself will truly appreciate. In fact, there’s stuff in this one that goes back to the first appearance of toddler Hellboy in England 1944. However, this is just as it should be : all of the story threads are brought together and resolved in this satisfying if not altogether cheerful conclusion.
Laurence Campbell’s art is just right all the way through – I can’t say it any straighter than that. He gets Mignola’s original aesthetic, and that same aesthetic has evolved under Campbell’s own pen. Dave Stewart is definitely one of the world’s greatest colorists, and this volume demonstrates it the same way all of his HELLBOY work does.
Naturally, then, I give superlatives all around to RAGNA ROK :
If you haven’t read HELLBOY or B.P.R.D. at all, now is a great time to start. This is particularly true for comics scholars – since both series have resolved, it’s a good time to look back at HELLBOY’s – and Hellboy’s – quarter century of influence on popular culture. Here are the starting points, including a gallery with covers for all of the titles listed below :
There’s the first collection, HELLBOY: SEED OF DESTRUCTION.
Then there’s B.P.R.D. VOLUME 1 : HOLLOW EARTH AND OTHER STORIES.
You’ve got some truly, astonishingly brilliant reading ahead of you.
For the rest of us, we don’t exactly have to say goodbye, since the prequel series HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. has been running strong since the first issue of HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. : 1952 appeared back in December 2014.
On September 3rd, the collection HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. : 1956 hits the stands.
This Wednesday August 21st, so does the premiere issue of HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: SATURN RETURNS, with the second issue slated for September 18th.
That’s all for now. If you liked this review, I’d be honored if you’d please take a look at my other stuff here. Thank you.
I’d like to thank the Seattle Public Library, for providing me with access to all of these series’ titles.
25 years of HELLBOY ! 15 years of B.P.R.D. ! And both series reach an explosive conclusion in RAGNA ROK !