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Mike Mignola's B.P.R.D.: Hollow Earth & Other Stories (B.P.R.D. #1)

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Last spring's sensational miniseries Hollow Earth, by Mike Mignola, Chris Golden, Tom Sniegoski, and Ryan Sook, revealed the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense's struggle to save agent Liz Sherman, and their struggle to deal with life without Hellboy. That story is collected here with rare Hellboy related stories, long sought after by fans of the Mignola's hit comi ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published January 26th 2003 by Dark Horse
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Patrick
B.P.R.D. is the spinoff series from Hellboy. (BPRD stands for Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense.)

Ordinarily, spinoffs aren't my thing. They tend to happen when a franchise of some sort is fabulously successful, and people start thinking things like, "Wouldn't it be nice if we cashed *two* huge checks every week instead of just one?"

But still, they're successful for a reason. When I got addicted to Buffy, eventually there came a point where there was no more Buffy to watch. (This was bac
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Otherwyrld
This is the first volume of B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense), the spin-off series to Hellboy. As such it is an introduction to the main characters of this new series. Hellboy himself does not appear except in flashbacks, which is fine because this is the story of his friends and what happens to them after he leaves. Whilst you don't have to have read previous volumes of Hellboy it does help to have some knowledge of what is going on, though this volume does a pretty good job ...more
Sesana
This is not the place to jump into the Hellboy universe. If you haven't already read Conqueror Worm, you'll probably end up feeling a bit lost. Hollow Earth, the first and longest story in this volume, builds on the developments of Conqueror Worm, with Hellboy now absent and the BPRD itself in a sorry state. It also continues the development of Roger, a character who'd seem odd at best if you didn't have the proper background.

Mignola had, as far as I can tell, limited involvement with the storie
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This is the first in the spin-off series from Hellboy, about the other members of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. It starts just after Hellboy quits, and it's all on Abe Sapien to be the leader of their team to go out and save the world from paranormal threats. Abe and his crew are still reeling from Hellboy's departure, but they have to move on because the world isn't safe. Along with Abe, and Roger, the homunculus, Johann Krauss joins the crew. He is a powerful medium who unfort ...more
Megan
B.P.R.D. carries on where Hellboy sort of stops, during the years when Mignola wasn't writing any more Hellboy stories. At first the collections are just shorts, but then with successive volumes an engaging and ongoing story (which seems to be leading back into a meetup with the main Hellboy story at some point now that Mignola is writing him again) slowly starts to develop. These stories seem to be Mignola's way of testing out new artists and writers for his characters, as well as a place for h ...more
Andrew
I will admit I do enjoy Hellboy and all he BPRD books, yes I know something else to add to my reading lists (along with all the rest of them). Anyway I think what makes these so appealing and fun to read is a combination of the storyline and artwork ha! Isn't that the case for all graphic novels well I guess so but these seem to be so distinctly different from the rest they stand out to me. And this book is no exception. At first the artwork can feel a little crude and unsubtle but as you read o ...more
Peter
It's very hard for me to not like things Mike Mignola's involved with.
And, at this point, I can't even remember if I've already read Hollow Earth before.

This short collection of stories is the first batch of Mignola's non-Hellboy B.P.R.D. comics. Something I guess I didn't realize until the last B.P.R.D. collection I read is that other folks often draw these. The art in the first story mimics Mignola's style really well. The story is great as usual. The characters are lovable as ever.
I guess
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Karly Noelle Abreu
So the idea is simple: Hellboy left a bunch of interesting characters behind and other writers, with good reason, wanted to explore how they were faring without him. This is a really fun addition to the series and greater mythology of Hellboy's world. This is an anthology volume filled with folklore-based mysteries and mayhem of varying quality. The title piece is probably the best offering in this anthology, with a fun adventure that also expounds on the subtle but very present romantic tension ...more
sarah
I was initially hesitant about getting into B.P.R.D. because I love Mignola's Hellboy SO MUCH, I didn't know if I could cope with other artists tackling his amazing characters. But I really shouldn't have been. Hollow Earth is an instant classic and a perfect transition piece from Hellboy into the world of B.P.R.D. without Big Red. The art is also a good transition, as it imitates Mignola while retaining obvious (sometimes painful) differences. Don't get used to it, however, as another amazing a ...more
Orrin Grey
I know a lot of people who profess to prefer the B.P.R.D. comics to the regular Hellboy titles, but the opposite is true for me. While the B.P.R.D. titles still have much of the same wonder that the Hellboy titles do, there's a difference in tone or approach that appeals to me less.

I like this first volume quite a bit, though. I like the titular story with its hollow earth creatures and its art by Ryan Sook, and I like the short backups "The Killer in my Skull" and "Abe Sapien versus Science." I
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Laura
The Drums of the Dead: much more chilling in retrospect. All those nails in the monster's flesh . . .
Laura
Great continuation of the Hellboy series. Just as adventurous and funny and creepy. The BPRD cast works wonderfully together and the jobs they are recruited for are creative and unusual. Quick read.

The Hollow Earth has some backstory with the current plot of rescuing Liz. The Killer in my Skull features Lobster Johnson fighting a brain and Abe Sapien versus Science is really more about Abe's start at BPRD and that relationship with Roger's start at BPRD. And finally Drums of the Dead is basicall
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Mx. Coco
Hollow Earth--4/5 stars
I'm more than a little tired of Liz being hollowed out again and having her powers messed with by bad guys. Can't the writers come up with an active role for her instead of making her a mere object who needs to be saved as a plot point? I did love seeing the flashbacks of Hellboy protecting Liz and Abe at the Bureau when they were being "evaluated." That explains a lot about their love of him and how they relate to each other. And I did love the chemistry between Abe, Roge
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Tal Good
B.P.R.D is a delightful mix of folklore, history, and a detective story.

As a fan of Hellboy, I decided to explore the BPRD series as an attempt to learn more about the characters. Not only does BPRD give you a better sense of the characters that appear in random Hellboy stories, but it enlightens you to their backgrounds. As the series unfolds, the team becomes more of a cohesive unit to fight greater foes.

I actually found BPRD to be more enjoyable than Hellboy as a whole, because it was a cont
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Brooke
I enjoyed the beginning of this series. I was disappointed when Hellboy split from the BPRD in his series, so I'm glad that Mignola decided to give the paranormal investigation team its own spotlight.
Μιχάλης
No Mignola, no party. Decent read though
Wing Ho
Ah B.P.R.D. how I missed you! It has been a couple of years since I've read BPRD books (just too much reading to reread anything), but given that comic con is around the corner I felt nostalgic about this beloved series (to me) and decided to take a trip with Abe, Roger, Liz, Johann and crew:

World: The art is wonderful in a couple of stories and unappealing in one. I won't go into the art in detail, I will just say that the framing, the color pallet for all of the stories (except 1 which I'll ge
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Andy 117
More Hellboy without Hellboy! And in this, the inaugural volume of B.P.R.D., it actually is without Hellboy (I distinctly noticed Hellboy showed up several times in the Being Human volume). This volume even goes without Liz Sherman for a substantial period - focusing mostly on Abe, Roger, and newcomer Kraus.

I'm not entirely sure what to say, except that it is so charming. Seriously. Though the scripts and artwork emulate Mike Mignola's seminal Hellboy, this is very much its own series, with a f
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Carlos Eguren
Mike Mignola, junto a varios creadores tanto guionistas como dibujantes (Guy Davis, Rya Sook, Geoff Johns, Caaron Stewart, Michael Avon Oeming…), decidió explorar el universo de Hellboy desde otra perspectiva, entregándonos sin duda una historia que se embarca más en otros géneros, sin olvidar el horror que, a veces, tiene bastantes toques lovecraftianos. Así no debía ser solo la historia de Hellboy y su camino, sino que se creaba una amenaza de mayor envergadura por otro frente al igual que se ...more
Andrew
I first read these ages ago during the height of my comic book fandom, and they stood above almost everything else. As much as I adored Mike Mignola's Hellboy series, this spin-off just really stole the show somehow. About a decade later, I thought I'd pick up this hardcover compilation series, and at first I have to admit I was disappointed... The first few entries in this anthology are simply introductory pieces to help the reader get to know the characters, and are written and drawn by a wide ...more
Mike
Hit and miss, but notable for the expansion of the Hellboy universe.

I felt a strong sombre note reading the Hollow Earth story - it starts out with a lot of regret, giving up and anguish over how the Bureau mistreats and neglects its agents/patients/subjects. Reminds me of the morose middle of Iron Man 3, where there's a lot of "Nope"ing afoot and not much action.

OTOH, the action-filled climax to this story was so unintelligible to this occasional (and not terribly completist) Hellboy reader tha
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Sam Quixote
The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, or B. P. R. D., are the organisation Hellboy and co. work for and here, minus Hellboy, it's given it's own series. The focus is on the other members of the Hellboy world: Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien, and two new characters, Roger the golem, and Johann Kraus, a disembodied medium.

The first volume introduces each character giving them their origin stories. We find out how Abe's first days at the Bureau were like, Roger's reanimation came about, and Liz'
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sixthreezy
I had an interest in reading the B.P.R.D. series because of my intense love for the Hellboy films directed by Guillermo Del Toro. He always brought so much life to such an underground project, that I really wanted to see where all of this creation of his stemmed from. Obviously B.P.R.D. is not Hellboy, but actually the "corporation" if you will, that he and other paranormal entities worked for. This novel starts with Hellboy having just left the B.P.R.D. to pursue his own things, and leaves Abe ...more
Raj
B.P.R.D. continues the story of the eponymous Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence after Hellboy quits. The remaining 'special' agents, including old favourites Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman step up to the plate and although they don't have the magnetic personality of Hellboy, they can still carry the stories. There is one long story that introduces new boy Johann Kraus (a sort of disembodied spirit living in a containment suit) as Abe takes charge of a group that has to go and rescue Liz fro ...more
William Redd
Here we have Hollow Earth, the first B.P.R.D. story without Hellboy, and a series of shorter tales involving the other team members minus Big Red. After losing Liz (who had gone in search of a place she could learn to control her powers) and HB, the team is in shambles. Abe and Roger are planning on leaving, but then they receive a distress call from Liz and go in search of her along with the newest member of the team, Johann Kraus, a physical medium who has found himself without a body and now ...more
logankstewart
It is no secret that I love Hellboy. With him, Mike Mignola crafted a remarkable character, one infused with religion and folklore, mad Nazi science, a sense of humor, and genuine concern for his pals. His pals--Abe Sapien, Roger the Homunculus, and Liz Sherman--all work for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD). Well, up until Hellboy called it quits.

B.P.R.D.: Hollow Earth and Other Stories, is the story of the Bureau after Hellboy leaves. It was he who held the group together,
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Helmut
Die Welt ist nur eine Tiefgarage

"Hollow Earth" entspricht allem, was der Leser an Hellboy mag: Interessante Charaktere, eine spannende und mysteriöse Geschichte, und dazu die umwerfenden, unnachahmlichen Zeichnungen Mike Mignolas. Johann Kraus ist jedenfalls ein würdige Ergänzung des BPRD-Teams, und die Geschichte scheint mir irgendwie als Ausgangspunkt für den zweiten Hellboy-Film gedient zu haben, wenn man die Maschinenen des unterirdischen Herrschers so sieht. Auch wenn Hellboy selbst nur am
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Kevin
Jul 15, 2007 Kevin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Reader Friendly Noir Fans | Sword and Sorcery Fans
Shelves: fantasy
The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense finally has its own comic!

HellBoy is retired. Tired of being treated like a monster. Tired of his friends using him to pound in skulls. Tired of evil demons trying to use him to gain entrance to the world. HellBoy has said enough! He wants to live his life a little. Be a regular person. Think about things.

And buddy, after five volumes and over 50 years of saving the world, I say he deserves a little vacation.

Where does that leave his friends? Well,
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Adam
I keep coming back to Mike Mignola's world of Hellboy and the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense. If that sentence doesn't certify as "uber-geek", I don't know what does. Maybe my use of "uber"? Yeah. I'm doomed when it comes to "coolness".

As I was saying, the BPRD has its own line of books outside of those directly about Hellboy, and they're fantastic. The big red dude shows up periodically and in interesting ways, but you as a reader are definitely able to experience more and more of si
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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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