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B.P.R.D., Vol. 1: Hollow Earth and Other Stories

(B.P.R.D. #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  4,382 ratings  ·  141 reviews
The Hollow Earth, by Mike Mignola, Chris Golden, Tom Sniegoski, and Ryan Sook, reveals 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 comic, which is soon to be a major mot ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published August 4th 2004 by Dark Horse (first published January 26th 2003)
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Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This picks up right after Hellboy leaves the BPRD after the events of Conqueror Worm. He no longer trusts the BPRD, leaving the remaining members Abe Sapien and Roger the Homunculus wondering if they should leave too. Firestarter Liz Sherman appears to Abe in a burst of fire pleading for help so Abe and Roge along with newcomer Johann head to Tibet to find her. The book is really well written, flashing back to each character's first meeting with Hellboy while they search under the earth for Liz. ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My Hellboy universe marathon continues with the re-read of BPRD: Plague of Frogs!

BPRD is a Hellboy spin-off series, continuing straight from Hellboy, Vol. 5: Conqueror Worm, and is arguably just as good, if not better than the original — at least if we're talking about the Plague of Frogs story arc. It's a team book, but unlike other teams, this one consists of only awesome characters! Abe Sapien and Roger the Homunculus are our two closest links to Hellboy, because these are the guys he worked
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
BPRD is a spinoff series from Hellboy who unlike most of spin-offs is really good (yes I’m equally surprised as you are)!
Ok Hellboy’s absence is obvious. It’s like Justice League without Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, Power Rangers without Red Ranger, Liverpool without Gerard, Milan without Maldini. Every team needs its leader. Hellboy was a great leader who believed in his teammates. That’s why everybody respected him and that’s why when he left he also created a huge hole in the team. This
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
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
Jack +Books & Bourbon+
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
So it's going to sound heretical, heinous, and...some other words that start with "H" that I can't think of right now...but even though I've seen the live action and animated films, and truly love the characters of Hellboy, Liz, and Abe...I've never read a Hellboy comic all the way through.

I know, I know. I'm a wretched, pathetic human being.

And technically, I STILL haven't finished a Hellboy comic, as this is a spin-off series. I will certainly be rectifying that oversight shortly, however. Be
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Reread: December 2018-January 2019.

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 cre
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
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hollow Earth is the longer (half a volume) and the better story here. Surprisingly the pencils are signed by Ryan Sook, a guy that has an almost identical craft as Mignola`s style.

The shadows and those lines are just amazing stuff!

I can say that I didn`t knew that it wasn`t Mignola`s art on display, only after I read the artist of each story. This text has the action placed in the time after the Hellboy departure from the Bureau and is the moment when Johann Kraus, the Ectoplasmatic Man is int
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: american-indies
BPRD is a further dive in the exquisite universe of Hellboy. This volume is a numb start, rough around the edges with other artists and writers, but Mignola is always behind the scenes when others caress his favorite child.

I'll surely continue the BPRD series, the amount of material is enormous and I, having just finished the main Hellboy series, just started exploring.
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Sam Quixote
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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'
Wing Kee
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you want to know more about the support characters or the agency in the Hellboy storyline here is where to start. Great reads, Very recommended
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So much better than the other Hellboy spin-offs.
Orrin Grey
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, mignola, re-read
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
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a long-time fan of Hellboy, I've been meaning to get into this series for a while now. Well, my recent dive back into comics (thanks, Comixology!) made this the perfect time.
The art, as always, is amazing. No, it isn't drawn by Mignola, but definitely in his style a lot of the time. Even the stuff done differently is great though.
This is a collection of shorter works, although the title story is chunky. It is also the best thing here, as Abe and his squad go searching for a missing teammate.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really loved the chance to get more Kate, Abe, and Roger, and the Hollow Earth story was the first thing I had really read with Johann's back story. Even though Hellboy has left the BPRD, you see flashbacks giving you an idea of what he meant to them, and the difference he made. What you get to see is in addition is the friendships that they have separately too, including the bond between Liz and Abe.

There is also a Lobster Johnson story and two more Abe-centric stories. If you love Abe Sapie
Feb 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
BPRD is the spinoff of indy graphic novel alum Hellboy. Its mains characters are... Well, Mignola doesn't. The plot is... Well, Mignola doesn't know either. The art is... Terrible.

I bought these graphic novels when I first discovered Hellboy and thought this was going to be a fun read in a rich universe. It wasn't. It is pretty clear Mignola has little to say about his universe beyond the first 4 Hellboy trade paperbacks. The series doesn't get better either as the series was developed. Bland c
Karly Noelle White
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
seb smith
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-papercopy, comics
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
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not as enjoyable as the Hellboy books that I have read, and these fast paced stories really seemed to lack something. The stories seem to go at such a fast pace that they didn't really develop into a great story for me. Was it the lack of Hellboy for me not liking these? Perhaps...
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Pretty decent start, but I know things get better.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
No Mignola, no party. Decent read though
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
The Drums of the Dead: much more chilling in retrospect. All those nails in the monster's flesh . . .
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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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