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B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth, Vol. 1: New World (B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #1)

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Our heroes face new horrors as they investigate small town vanishings, wild monsters in the woods, and a strange new creature that arrives to create hell on earth. Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, and drawn by 2009 Eisner Award-winner Guy Davis (The Marquis), B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: New World marks the beginning of a new era in horror
Paperback, First Edition, 144 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Dark Horse Books
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Sesana
Mar 18, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, comics
Acting as transition between the end of the last cycle of B.P.R.D. storylines and the beginning of the next, the story here is deceptively small. Yes, there are huge things going on in the world, which looks like it's getting overrun with kaiju. But the focus is on the core members of B.P.R.D., and what's going on in their lives. As the cover implies, Abe has the focus for much of the book. Some questions left over from the previous story cycle get answered here, and it felt like the plan was to ...more
[Name Redacted]
Oct 29, 2012 [Name Redacted] rated it really liked it
Mignola & co. have said that they are committed to making a comic-book world in which big changes are permanent, in which character deaths and world-shaking events have real, lasting impacts and everything isn't carefully & cleanly resolved at the end of the day. They want a world in which retcons aren't available.

With the finale of the Plague of Frogs story-line, they succeeded. The people of the B.P.R.D. won the battle, but lost the war; millions have died, whole cities - whole countri
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Paul
Jul 19, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it
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Otherwyrld
Mar 13, 2014 Otherwyrld rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, graphic-novel
This is the first volume of a new series, and a new direction for the B.P.R.D. Now an agency for the United Nations, they have more and bigger monsters to take on than ever before but as the death toll mounts across the world, the toll being taken on our agents is even higher.

This is a placeholder review until I can fill in some of the gaps in my reading. The review and the rating may change after a reread.
Sam Quixote
Mar 17, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
The first Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence (BPRD) cycle finished with "Vol 14: King of Fear" and the second one starts anew with "BPRD, Hell on Earth 1: New World". While the first cycle more or less became concentrated on the "Plague of Frogs" storyline, this series purports to be about something else - but what?

From the looks of it, its BPRD business as usual. A Lovecraftian monster is up to no good and the BPRD set out to stop it. Abe Sapien and Johann Kraus are led by Kate Corrigan
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Dan
Jun 23, 2012 Dan rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
New World is a well-executed beginning to this new B.P.R.D. era. It has the solid art and storytelling that readers have come to expect from Mignola and crew. Still, I miss the folklore and mythological roots of Mignola's earlier work, which gave the stories richness and depth. The monsters in this collection feel generic by comparison.
Emily
Jan 01, 2015 Emily rated it liked it
This one was OK but lacked the humor of the Hellboy comics. I like the artwork and the story but not enough to continue with the series. Too serious and too many tentacles.
Canavan
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Oscar
Oct 01, 2016 Oscar rated it liked it
Oops! Meant to dip my toe into the BPRD-specific adventures and seems I picked the wrong post-event place to start. Still a pleasant sci-fi/horror read.
Wing Kee
Dec 17, 2014 Wing Kee rated it it was amazing
A toast, "to the new world of gods and monsters."

So, what happens right after 'King of Fear' when Mignola and co. changed the Mignolaverse forever? A small intimate tale that takes the big picture and zooms in to look at what it does to the people that inhabit this new world of gods and monsters. The result? Fanfrakingtastic!

World: The art if Guy Davis does not need to be discussed any further, he is a monster master and one of my favorite comic book artists on the planet, his line work and char
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Carla A
Dec 24, 2016 Carla A rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Highly addictive
Matthew Brady
May 06, 2014 Matthew Brady rated it liked it
It's time for a new status quo for the series as of this volume and...it's not all that different from the old one, really. The BRPD is now funded/controlled by the UN, which means more resources, but possibly some shadowy government stuff (or maybe bureaucratic ineptitude?) in the future. Devon is afraid of Abe, since he was prophesied to eventually lead the frog monsters, but they're all dead now, so it's mostly just tension between them. More monster attacks are going on around the world, and ...more
High Plains Library District
Dec 08, 2016 High Plains Library District rated it it was amazing
Shelves: peter
What is the B.P.R.D.?

If you're asking what the letters stand for, it's the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.

If you're asking what this is really about, it's the story of a bunch of people who fight paranormal threats. And in the storyline beginning with this volume, those threats get pretty darn serious.

Because it's Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy, you can bet that the Bureau has some unusual staff members.

How are they described on Wikipedia?

Hellboy, half demon
Abe Sapien, amphibious
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James
Mar 13, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Great start for a new direction for the B.P.R.D. series. The grand threat that occupied our heroes for years has seemingly been overcome, but the victory was a pyrrhic one, devastating large parts of the planet and fraying the veil separating humanity from some dark forces.

"Hell on Earth: New World" juggles two main story threads. In the first, Abe Sapien tracks down an old teammate, and they work together to stave off a threat that's depopulating rural Canada. This is an enjoyable bit of super
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Dani Shuping
Jul 03, 2011 Dani Shuping rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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Hell has come to earth. Battles are raging across the world and BPRD is now under federal jurisdiction. Liz Sherman and Hellboy are still missing in action, leaving Abe and the rest of the team to continue on their work...and spread themselves thin. In one town Abe discovers that people are missing. Vanishing suddenly without a trace...and one woman seems to be at the center of it all. In other areas of the world the team continues to battle the creatures that are appear
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Spencer
Feb 15, 2017 Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and enjoyable opener to the B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth story arc.
If the rest of the Hell on Earth series is just as good I'll be very happy!
Joseph R.
Aug 18, 2013 Joseph R. rated it really liked it
Having finally defeated the Plague of Frogs, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense has gone public in a big way. They've even been commandeered by the United Nations, which is a very mixed blessing. Sure they have more funding, but instead of choosing what occurrences they will investigate, they now have to investigate everything, everywhere. The agents are stretched out across the globe investigating every subterranean monster that pops up as well as every freak volcano that erupts whe ...more
Julian
Apr 10, 2014 Julian rated it liked it
This is probably the best BPRD collection since Garden of Souls (volume 7). The excellent characterization that typified the series has returned in an interesting and complex way. I am continually amazed by the ways in which Arcudi and Mignola are able to add layer upon layer to the team members that make up the BPRD itself. Each recruit contains their own goals, aspirations and outlooks which evolve dynamically over the course of the series - not to mention the fact that changes and mistakes in ...more
Orrin Grey
Sep 01, 2011 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, mignola
I promise I won't say this every single time, but since this is the first book in a new arc, I figure it bears mentioning: I don't like the B.P.R.D. comics as much as I do any of the other comics in the Mignolaverse (or whatever you want to call it). There's a variety of reasons for this, though none of them are Guy Davis' artwork, which is pretty much always incredible.

That said, I'm intrigued by the Hell on Earth storyline, and I thought that New World offered a really nice, fairly quiet horro
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Roybot
May 23, 2016 Roybot rated it it was amazing
After Plague of Frogs ended, I wondered what would be next for the BPRD; when you fail in your mission to stop eldritch horrors from invading the planet and wiping entire cities off the map, it's hard to know what's going to happen next. It's not often we see a comic book so committed to letting the good guys experience real failures. Dead characters stay dead, and when they, despite their best efforts, fail to prevent Hell from coming to Earth, we end up with this book: BPRD: Hell on Earth.

If
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Michael
Der Krieg gegen die Frösche ist beendet und eine große Story-Arc zum Abschluss gekommen. Aber das heißt nicht, dass die Welt gerettet ist, denn nun tauchen weltweit riesige höllische Kreaturen auf und verwüsten die Städte. HELL ON EARTH heißt der epische Nachfolger, und das B.P.R.D. wird ganz gewiss nicht arbeitslos, hat es doch nicht einmal genug Agenten, um sich aller Schauplätze anzunehmen, an denen sich apokalyptische Szenen abspielen.
"New World" ist der furiose Auftakt zur neuen Story-Arc.
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Cale
Nov 04, 2013 Cale rated it liked it
As a followup to the massive events of the previous series, this series starts off pretty small. There are a couple huge disasters, but they happen offscreen (although seeing the ruins of downtown Seattle in the epilogue was a bit disturbing). The main story involves mysterious disappearances in the Pacific Northwest, which Abe goes off reservation to explore, and runs into an old friend or two. Meanwhile, BPRD is getting used to its UN oversight as the full scope of events starts to make itself ...more
Daniel Etherington
Hellboy/BPRD has maintained a pretty high standard ever since it first arrived in 1993/94, but I must admit I found the War on Frogs stuff went on a bit, despite the quality of Guy Davis' art. This is excellent though. Davis' monsters and characterisation is still evocative, but he also gets to draw more small scaler, intimate drama this time round. Mignola and Arcudi have changed the scale of the story: there still epic stuff going on, but much of it is seen via monitors and reports, and instea ...more
Alan
Sep 21, 2011 Alan rated it really liked it
Another shift for the B.R.P.D. series. The Plague of Frogs might be over, but the world remains under constant attack from occult and extra-dimensional forces. Some members of the Bureau know they're not doing much more than fighting a holding action, and the organization is now funded by the U.N. (and all the politics that ensues from that). With things literally going to hell some team members are determined to retain their humanity and "family" connections. A trip to Northwest helps fish-man ...more
Dan
Jun 02, 2012 Dan rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Like the preceding end of the last arc- the first one of the new is nothing more than filler. Sure, we have an old face reappear and another conflict but, this one has little to do with the new threats facing this world. Making it just a minor proxy conflict on the rim of something much greater, and has really nothing to do with it.

Another displeasing sub-par effort from the Mignola team. Hopefully the rest of the arc will improve. But- if the last few issues are any indication, I have little f
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Corey Pung
Jan 17, 2012 Corey Pung rated it really liked it
B.P.R.D. is remarkable for the emotional depth it gives the characters. Most writers would create giant knockout fights between the heroes and the monsters, but Mike Mignola and John Arcudi (the co-writers) are more interested in showing how the characters deal with their private grief and how they come to grips with their failures.

If you'd like to read my full review, go to: http://paneldiscussions.wordpress.com...
Peter Derk
Oct 11, 2016 Peter Derk rated it liked it
It's Hallo-Spooka-Skelebones-A-Ween! And so, why not dive into this second BPRD series?

Because where else can you find office drama occurring between a timeless old woman who can control animals and a sentient cloud of steam with a German accent? No matter how badly dirtied an office microwave may become, that drama pales in comparison to the drama initiated when one employee is convinced that a fellow, fishman employee is the actual antichrist.

Now it almost sounds like a sitcom. You thought you
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BJ Haun
Dec 22, 2015 BJ Haun rated it really liked it
This has been sitting on my shelf for a while, but I finally got in the mood to read it tonight. I know that a few days before Christmas doesn't seem like the time for a "horror" comic, but I'll justify it with a line from the Christmas song "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year": There'll be scary ghost stories, and tales of the glories (etc etc)...

That said, I enjoyed jumping back in the B.P.R.D. universe. I enjoyed this one, and look forward to reading the rest of the 'Hell on Earth' series.0
William Maxwell
I know I've missed out on much of the BPRD (I just read a review which complains about 'too much frogs!') but I'm certainly not sick of what the Hellboy universe is putting out. A world that is sliding into horror with no end in sight; attempts to avert the apocalypse which might be futile and shortsighted. Overall it's a great look at different characters from Mignola's mythos and where they ended up and why they still fight.
Jeff Lanter
Dec 27, 2012 Jeff Lanter rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Its great to finally get caught up on the new status quo in BPRD. While this story is small in scale, the longer Hellboy/BPRD stories are among the best so I'm looking forward to Hell on Earth. One of the best things about this particular story is how real and believable the characters acted. Several of them are evolving in a very natural way which is saying something since very few of them are human. Bring on the next volume!
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Mike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn't remember why) and reading Dracula at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.

In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began wo
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