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B.P.R.D., Vol. 3: Plague of Frogs (B.P.R.D. #3)

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The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense's ongoing war against the frog monsters explodes in five short stories set before Roger's death in B.P.R.D.: The Black Flame.

• Collects B.P.R.D.: War on Frogs #1-#4, "Revival" from MySpace Dark Horse Presents #8-#9, and an original eight-page story by Guy Davis.

• Series writer John Arcudi and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola joi
Paperback, First Edition, 144 pages
Published March 8th 2005 by Dark Horse Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Having complained about a lack of underlying plot in the first two books, I should be saying "this is more like it" but somehow this story swings too far in the wrong direction. There are a huge number of plotlines pulled in from all eras of the Hellboy story, dating right back to the first book and the story of frog creatures in a haunted house. I have read those books but it was a while ago so things were a little vague and having so many disparate plot elements being forced into one story lef ...more
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is it, the first truly great volume of BPRD that, I would argue, is just as good as anything Mike Mignola did with Hellboy. The series finds its big story by building upon the already established mythos and at the same time, expanding it into new territory. This is also the first volume to feature Guy Davis's excellent artwork that will become the face of the series for many more volumes to come, just like Mike Mignola's artwork was for Hellboy. All around, an outstanding volume, and a turn ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This begins the long story arc that runs through both the B.P.R.D. and later Hellboy comics. Seems the entire Hellboy comic storyline has been building up to this arc. Good gothic horror. Recommended
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
Now, this is more like it. Unlike the previous volume, it's a single, connected story. And it's completely written by Mignola. It brings back from the frog creatures from an early Hellboy adventure, which is nice. And the last chapter shows Abe's origin. Which, in true Mignola fashion, raises more questions than it answers. And it doesn't feel like an evasion, just a deepening of a mystery that seemed like it was getting solved. I do like that, and I think it must have been given careful thought ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Continuing the story of Hellboy Seed of Destruction, this BPRD volume focuses mostly on Abe Sapien as he learns about his origin, while the others try to stop the frog monsters. I like the fact that his origin is mysterious and I hope they don't over explain it in the future.
Scott Firestone
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This volume is where B.P.R.D. moved from being a bunch of middling one-off stories to a more cohesive arc. This first one is a bit of a misstep, though, as it tries to gather a bunch of disparate threads from the Hellboyverse and weave them into one tapestry. But it feels somewhat disjointed--and it's been a while since I read some of those threads, so my memory of them is just awful. Still, I like where this is going, and the parts with Abe and his backstory are compelling and unexpected.
Koen Claeys
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yes ! The bad taste of those first 2 volumes is immediately washed away with a powerful cocktail of excitement, horror, adventure of the most compelling kind. Guy Davis proves to be capable to bring the most crazy horror fantasies to life on paper. Yummie! (This volume is the start of me liking the B.P.R.D more than Hellboy)
Wing Kee
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was the arc, this was the arc that made me addicted to 1) BPRD and 2) Guy Davis.

I remember Plague of Frogs distinctly, why? Because of a couple of reasons: 1) This was the first full arc illustrated by Guy Davis, 2) This arc introduced Caul (no spoilers), and 3) This arc came out about the same time the Hellboy movie did so I was drowning in Mignolaverse bliss. To this day this 5 issue arc is still one of my favorite BPRD tales and is one of the best examples to non Mignolaverse readers why
Jul 02, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Reader Friendly Noir Fans | Sword and Sorcery Fans
Shelves: fantasy
Mike Mignola returns with this book, though I have to say I'm not all that thrilled with the story he wrote.

It's still great Mike Mignola form, however, every time he begins a story arc it's shaky. I'm probably being a bit unfair to him, so I should knock it up to 4 stars instead of 3, however, I just can't do it.

My major complaint is this delusion of mind control in comics. I'm getting tired of these gods/demons suddenly and inexplicably controlling others' minds by injecting a drug or somethin
Sam Quixote
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Plague of Frogs" begins the main BPRD storyline that continues up to the present book, Vol 13 "King of Fear". The plot is that some eggs found at the site of Cavendish Hall (from Hellboy Vol 1) are taken back and studied. The result is a large plant like creature developing the lab, taking seed in a human body, and spawning humanoid frogs. Thus the plague of frogs is unleashed and it's up to the BPRD (minus Hellboy) to bring these frogs down.

The book features a great script from Mignola but Gu
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
This is the first of the BPRD trades that has lived up to the Hellboy comics IMO.

The art by Guy Davis is wonderful, detailed but not too realistic.

As for the story, it was nice to have something with some substance. In the past trades I always felt like the short stories were rushed, so you never got to delve into them. While the main plot of this trade felt short, it set up enough future story lines that it didn't feel pointless. And it was nice to get a Liz who didn't need rescuing, and some
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was worth reading just to see Abe Sapian's origin story. Also picks up from Hellboy: Seed of Destruction. Great art as always, and a good story.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great story, great art! Loved it.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: illistrated
My first delve into the Hellboy off-shoot. I definitely enjoyed it. Once again, I think I'm reading this is out of order, but it hasn't really been an issue so far (no pun intended).

Interesting characters, and there are definitely easter eggs for those who have read the previous series. Heavily focused on the super-natural and Lovecraftian themes, it is dark and creepy.

As I'm getting more in to the series, I'm going to try and get them in order as there seems to be more of a long term liner sto
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I probably would have been more impressed if I had not already read later volumes that are truly impressive. Still a fun read.
Nathan Sizemore
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it

I probably need to read some Lovecraft to really get into these. The art is this one is nicer than volume #2 IMO.
Oliver Hodson
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Giving the BPRD it's own mega arc and room to develop without Hellboy front and centre is a worthwhile gamble in this universe, and I like the frog villains- so slimy and agile.
Ravindra Pai
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Art and drawings are incredible.
Matthew Brady
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Now this is more like it. Mignola and Davis take over as the sole creative team here, and while Mignola says in the afterword that he thought the first two volumes were successful, he seems to have decided not to go in the direction they were aiming for, with multiple creative teams and standard paranormal investigation plots. Instead, he kind of goes back to basics, revisiting the first Hellboy story and bringing a related threat in as something that the Bureau can't quite contain and will be a ...more
Mx. Coco
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best book so far, I can't think of anything that would improve upon it!

First off, I was really worried about the art in the beginning because I hated the story "Dark Waters" that Guy Davis drew for, but I am now completely sold on his talent!

There was so much going on in the story to like that there's no way to do it justice but some things I really enjoyed:

*The villains (frog monsters grown from spores found at Cavendish Hall) are actually menacing, powerful, and not easily defeated. They actua
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read the latest B.P.R.D. book and realized I'd missed out on reading all the ones before. This is my attempt to go back and get caught up.
I'd just read Hollow Earth (vol. 1) yesterday, and I'm following it up with Plague of Frogs (vol. 3) today. Unfortunately my awesome library's comic book section didn't have volume 2.

The notes at the end of this volume by Mike Mignola say that Plague of Frogs was their attempt to make B.P.R.D into an on-going series. I'd say it's a great read.

The art by G
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I first read Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, I knew I'd read something special. Mike Mignola was telling a lofty story, something grandiose and magnificent. Part of the reason I liked Seed of Destruction so much was Hellboy, yes, but also his friends in the BPRD. In particular, and I think I'm not alone here, Abe Sapien.

With BPRD: Plague of Frogs, we finally see the full scale arc Mignola has been envisioning. Seed of Destruction and Plague of Frogs are inter-connected and work well with one
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Quak quak

Die Frösche kommen: Das BPRD muss untersuchen, wieso ein Riesenpilz dazu übergegangen ist, Menschen umzubringen oder in Froschmonster zu verwandeln. Hört sich verrückt an? Ist es auch, mit allem, was Mignolas Horroruniversum zu bieten hat. Neben dem Kampf gegen einen allzu bekannten Gegner erhält der Leser auch interessante Einblicke in Abe Sapiens Vorgeschichte...

Guy Davis' Artwork ist durchaus sehenswert, gerade seine Monster haben schon etwas realistisches und gleichzeitig fremdartig
Brendan Nicholls
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was just brilliant, the entire story felt cinematic and breezed past. I can't stress just how much this spinoff has turned into the strongest part of the hellboy universe. I would've liked Hellboy to be more involved with this team but Abe more than holds his own. I really hope the cinematic world of Hellboy is revisited at some stage and we get this team a big screen life, this very story could be the entry because it is has everything. The stakes are high and the villains aren't easily de ...more
Karly Noelle Noelle
Mar 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow! Mignola finally settles down to write the ongoing adventures of the B.P.R.D. and pulls no punches, revisited the horrible frog monsters that beset Hellboy in the very beginning. While the one shots exploring folklore are enjoyable, the overarching plot for this unique team promises to be even more thrilling, each team member's abilities on full display and role expanded beautifully. The highlight of this volume almost certainly comes to pass, with Abe, cast in the role of protagonist and le ...more
Bradley Littlejohn
May 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was the first time I paid attention to what Guy Davis could do. In retrospect I think I overlooked his work in Soul of Venice but I really took notice here and have continued to pour over his pages scrutinizing every choice he makes. I love the weightless water scenes with Abe Sapien throughout this book. The loose arm and fast paced inking I imagine coming out of what I see makes me reflect and admire so many of the choices he makes with his layouts and characterizations. Frogs is not ...more
Willow Redd
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This one wraps up a lot of previously open plot points from the first five Hellboy stories. Sadu-Hem, introduced in Seed of Destruction, apparently survived and the BPRD has been studying him. Of course, acolytes of the end of the world don't like that idea, so all hell breaks loose.

The frog monsters are back, the devoted children of Sadu-Hem, taking over a whole town, reminiscent of Lovecraft's population of Innsmouth.

Things get dark for the Bureau, and not everyone is guaranteed to make it out
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this volume is so much better than the previous two!
I much prefer this format of having a stronger story arc and one artist, the cohesion works so better than the 'freak of the week' style, especially with the established characters and mythology.
The art is stunning and works perfectly with the extremely lovecraftian story and dark atmosphere.
I also enjoyed the unveiling of Abe's origins and keeping it in tone with that of the Hellboy series.
This volume really gets me excited to read the fo
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-and-gn
The previous two volumes in this spin-off series had Hellboy-shaped holes in them. To compensate Abe seemed to adopt some of Hellboy's wise-cracking and badassery with little attention paid to him adjusting to a leadership role. What I mean by all this is that, beyond the team missing Big Red, I feel Mignola and co. didn't really know what to do without their main character.

This third volume finally achieved a new dynamic and sold me on following the rest of the B.P.R.D. series on its own merit
Mikael Kuoppala
Oct 11, 2011 rated it liked it
After two short story collections the B.P.R.D. saga finally gets its first epic tale. “Plague of Frogs” is a fast paced supernatural thriller that opens up a lot of questions and possible story threads to continue with while not reaching a lot of places itself. The book isn’t horribly original in the plot department, but the tone works and the characters retain their interest. I’m really hoping for this series to get going on the character department though; there is all this potential in the en ...more
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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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