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In 2001, Hellboy quit the B.P.R.D., leaving Abe Sapien to lead Liz Sherman and a bizarre roster of special agents, defending the world from occult threats, including the growing menace of the frog army, first spotted in Hellboy: Seed of Destruction. Mike Mignola and Dark Horse present the complete Plague of Frogs saga, from Hollow Earth to The King of Fear. The first book ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 408 pages
Published January 19th 2011 by Dark Horse Books
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While many series of varying quality are getting the 'Deluxe Hardcover Omnibus' treatment, few deserve it more than the 1600 page epic that has been retroactively dubbed the 'Plague of Frogs' cycle. Beginning as a spin-off series following Hellboy's departure from the 'Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense' (for Hollywood and Guillermo Del Toro's comic-to-film adaptation), it showcased talented writers and artists, providing an audition for the expanding Mignolaverse via single-issue tales. ...more
Mar 25, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think by now you will have seen that I have a liking for the works of Mike Mignola, well you are not wrong. The one issue I guess I have with comics and graphic novels is that unless they are a limited run or you are incredibly lucky to be able to read them from the first issue. I always struggle starting a series knowing that there is potentially a whole back story out there I will never know or be able to catch up on. Okay I know that true fans will tell me that its not necessary but for me ...more
Seth T.
Sep 25, 2011 Seth T. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
[Review of the whole Plague of Frogs arc.]

BPRD by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and Guy Davis

Spin-offs are always a bit of a dicey proposition. For every well-received Frasier or Rhoda, there are many more that fail to capture that spark of interest that dazzled the audiences of their progenitors. The Tortellis, Just the Ten of Us, Joey. Every spin-off is something of a funambulist and over a variety of perils there are these fine lines they must traverse. Beyond the normal gamut of ways in which a new series might fail, spin-offs have additiona
Melissa McShane
Jul 05, 2012 Melissa McShane rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent purchase. I don't like single-issue comics--too easy to damage, not great for re-reading--so I look for the graphic-novel bound versions as a rule. I'd read the books contained in this larger volume, but this compilation is even better because it contains some extra material and makes it easier to keep track of the story. This is important because the Plague of Frogs series is fairly complicated, if also fairly linear. It's a dark, archetypal fantasy story, with art that st ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Aildiin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
This was my first Mike Mignola comic ( I've seen the Hellboy movies) and I can see why he has such a huge following. That being said, onto the book itself :
- Packaging : if you are a BPRD fan you simply have to buy this edition. The binding and the paper are of very high quality and this book deserves to be in every bookcase. It will stand the test of time and of multiple readings. This book could actually give the best Marvel Omnibus a run for their money...
- Content : I am more mixed about the
Maria Kramer
If you're a fan of Hellboy, you should certainly read this series. And if you're not, you can still jump right in - some of the references might go over your head, but this series stands well on its own. Eldritch weirdness, mysteries and conspiracies, and a lot of blood and guts. What's not to like?
Bob Fantastic
May 10, 2015 Bob Fantastic rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading through this from the library for the first time in 7 years. I previously read it in the Portland State University library as the individual volumes while I should've have been studying for OChem. This is a fantastic volume, building the Hellboy universe and spreading Mike Mognola's horror laced universe where all folk lore is fact. This starts with disjointed stories letting you know the characters before congealing in the beginning of the Plague of Frogs epic. The best ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Cabezas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ya lo dijo un señor de Providence: el placer reside en las cosas que no te esperas, en lo que no conoces, en aquello que te sorprende y te deja con la boca abierta, anonadado.

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Mar 12, 2016 Hans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My original review of the volume B.P.R.D.: Hollow Earth and other stories, goes like this:

3.5 stars - I'm not as keen on *all* of the art as I was with the original Hellboy series, but I've heard that this series comes into it's own very soon. I did appreciate the opportunity to learn more about some of Hellboy's colleagues who seemed more like canon fodder in the main Hellboy series. The fights in the main Hellboy series have to have some consequences and the B.P.R.D. agents were often the ones
Brandon St Mark
My favorite storyline in this omnibus war probably the actual Plague of Frogs one. It was cool getting to see the origins of Abe Sapien (I'd already read about them, but it's always cool to get a first-hand account of it).

I also liked the Golden Age-esque Lobster Johnson shorts. I really will have to pick-up his run.
Dec 31, 2015 Roybot rated it really liked it
I freely admit that I'm a sucker for pretty much everything about the Hellboy universe, but I've especially been enjoying the pseudo-Lovecraftian mythos of the BPRD run. This volume, which covers the early part of the BPRD stories, is pretty episodic, covering a number of short arcs that don't necessarily feed very much into the larger arcs that follow, but they do work out a lot of the kinks about what this book is going to be about, and most of the stories are pretty strong stand-alones. While ...more
Matt James
Dec 08, 2014 Matt James rated it it was amazing
With Hellboy leaving the BPRD, the team is left to continue its investigations and defending from ancient evils. While Abe and Roger make it known that they miss Hellboy, there is no need for the reader to as they (and the creators) handle the schism wonderfully. Both Abe and Roger are more than enough to carry this book, and with the fleshing out of Kate and addition of Johann, these four would be a team to reckon with. I'm glad Mignola and the team of writers and artists that rallied behind hi ...more
Zak Schindler
Feb 06, 2015 Zak Schindler rated it it was amazing
It had been a while since I'd read any Hellboy books and this made for a fantastic re-immersion into the Mignola universe. One only needs to have read Seed of Destruction(or at the very least seen the first Hellboy film) to dive into this book. While Mignola's brilliant signature art style is missed the other artists in this book do a fantastic job of establishing a new look for this world. I've had this book for a while and only jumped into it a week ago and I'm kicking myself for it now; this ...more
Pete Buser
Jan 01, 2015 Pete Buser rated it really liked it
Plague of Frogs is starting point of the B.P.R.D.'s 100+ issue run. More importantly, it's the starting point of a Hellboy-less Hellboy Universe. A universe where a menagerie of supernaturals and humans team-up to defeat a bevy of ghosts, zombies, frogmen, monsters-in-the-closet, and elder gods. Hellboy has always been the focus of books with his name on them, but now Mike Mignola has given us the deeper stories of Big Red's old teammates. This is horror writing and graphic artwork at their bes ...more
May 02, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it
Collects the first three trade paper backs of B.P.R.D. The first and last stories are by far the strongest, and some of the best Hellboy/BPRD stories I've ever read. "Hollow Earth" re-establishes the B.P.R.D. team (Abe, Liz, Roger, Dr. Kate, and new guy Johann) after Hellboy's departure. I appreciate the way Mignola works to build team dynamics and character relationships here. The multi-part "Plague of Frogs" story that closes this volume officially kicks off the Frog Monsters arc in tense, exc ...more
Jul 14, 2012 J. rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
There is a lot to admire here, and by the last story, it's really getting some steam. In fact, the book is bookended by particularly strong tales-- Hollow Earth is a beautiful little story with some really poignant emotional moments, and Plague of Frogs is a typical Hellboy-universe type story. But the stories in the middle are not all as good, and the mediocre stories don't fare well next to the really good ones. (Or, in fact, in the usually-really-good Mignolaverse.) The varying artists works ...more
Laurielle Laurielle
Jan 09, 2015 Laurielle Laurielle rated it it was amazing
El equipo de Hellboy funcionando sin Hellboy... y funcionando muy bien. Cuanto más leo de esta serie 8y de Hellboy), más ganas tengo de coleccionarla compulsivamente, y más pena me dan las películas xD

Por cierto, algunas de las historias recopiladas en este volumen las escribió Mignola durante la preparación de las pelis, así que ves un poco lo que éstas podrían haber sido.
Sep 04, 2012 Maija rated it liked it
The book consists of the first three TPBs of the Plague of Frogs, and is massive. There are short stories mixed in with the longer ones. I hadn’t read any Hellboy GNs before, so this might have been a weird place for me to start. Still, I wasn’t confused, although some previous plot points were mentioned once in a while.

I gravitated more towards the longer stories with more character interactions, with the short ones leaving me a bit cold. The characters were very interesting, especially the am
I've pretty much kept up with Hellboy and always wanted to read more BPRD stories. They did not disappoint to say the least. The stories with Mignola at the helm were more complex and felt like a part of a larger story, as opposed to the one-shots, which felt more like CSI episodes or something. Still fun to read, though. Looking forward to digging into vols. 2-4!
Apr 30, 2014 Thomas rated it really liked it
A big part of Hellboy, for me, is Mike Mignola's art which is marvelously evocative and sly even when it's loose. So I had put off reading BPRD which other than the covers is mostly drawn by others. But they found an able co-conspirator in Guy Davis, whose art is a s different as possible from Mignola's and yet still perfectly matches the tome of the stories.

This is a hardcover collection of stories from BPRD and it's terrific.
Mar 03, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Nothing really to complain about here. I am certainly missing some backstory having never read any of the Hellboy comics, but it didn't hinder me in following the overall arc of the plot. The first half (of pre-Plague of Frogs stories) felt somewhat more disjoint as a result to me, but when the main storyline kicked off it was helpful to have had those as at least some character introduction. Looking forward to seeing where this goes in the next volume.
Oct 21, 2011 Michael rated it it was amazing
B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Book 1 is amazing. This Omnibus brings the first stories of the BPRD together that happened after Hellboy leaves. Abe Sapien, Roger, Liz, and Claus become the main characters. I love Abe. He has always been one of my favorite characters from the Hellboy books. In this volume we get to see Abe in full action. He has a few solo stories and place an important role in the bigger stories. We even get to learn a little bit about his history, which only raises even more questi ...more
Nick Howlad
Apr 16, 2016 Nick Howlad rated it liked it
Almost an eclectic collection of stories from various artists + Mike Mignola's writing, the Plague of Frogs storyline doesn't actually begin until the second half of the book. But both halves come together to make a pretty fantastic and quick read.
Orrin Grey
Nov 17, 2012 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, mignola
I swear I thought I had already rated all the B.P.R.D. hardcovers. I know I've already rated all the trades individually, and the hardcovers really differ only in presentation (with a little added sketchbook material in every volume). So this will mostly just be me saying: Yes, I bought and own the hardcovers, they've replaced the trades completely for me. They're attractive, durable, readable, and contain everything the trades contained plus a little something extra.

I don't tend to like the B.P
Harold Gillespie
Good stories so far. However MIKE,

John Smith
May 29, 2016 John Smith rated it it was amazing
Love the whole series. It's rare that a spin-off is better than the original, but I think this series ours probably better than Hellboy at this point.
Dony Grayman
Nov 27, 2014 Dony Grayman marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: decto, fegrande, ed-esp
Primer integral en edición española. Este volumen 1 incluye Las tierras huecas, El alma de Venecia, y otras historias y Una plaga de ranas.
Feb 15, 2014 Odhran rated it liked it
Somewhat disjointed, a lot of short stories that don't really have space to get going, and the main stories are only all right.
Jan 05, 2016 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
The Mignola books that he writes and draws are more even in tone than these multiply authored linked stories.
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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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