I'm in the middle of a MARATHON Mignolaverse reading session that started at 9:15 this morning and shows no signs of stopping. I don't know how I did it, I don't know why I did it, but I can't BELIEVE I let myself get this far behind on these stories. So far, I've shotgunned everything from Return of the Master to A Cold Day In Hell, and am just digging in to the Abe Sapien ongoing (about 20 issues all together). These are seriously some of the smartest, most beautifully drawn horror comics ever produced. If you aren't reading at least SOME of these great titles, we need to seriously reevaluate our friendship.
But how difficult is it to keep up with? I can never remember if I've started one trade or another (doesn't help that I'm reading them rented from the library). Too many similarly named minis.
Also, gutted that Guy Davis has left. He *was* BPRD to me.
These are all true statements. It's why I fall behind in my reading so often. I will say that reading them in one long sitting like this has been an amazing experience. I may lose track of it from time to time, but I have a great time rediscovering it.
Post by schleproque on Oct 7, 2013 11:29:49 GMT -6
The only one of the series that I am up to date with is Abe Sapien. The rest are sitting my two short box long stack of things I have to catch up on. Abe's book is great because it's small. All you need to know is who Abe is and the world is messed up. It focuses on where Abe fits in now.
And If Guy Davis is going to do more Marquis I can live with him leaving BPRD.
Post by briandomingos on Oct 12, 2013 8:44:28 GMT -6
I've been 100% tpbs on the Mignola books since forever and the BPRD books are great. The "Hell on Earth" is a little uneven (I don't really care about Fenix) and the book has suffered a bit being Guy Davis-less. I also think the "HoE" thing is sort of a dead-end as far as storytelling goes so I hope they have a miraculous recovery and get back to policing the weird. (Thinking about it, the whole Mignola-verse is like 99.99% doom & gloom.)
But the recent production of short arcs with great artists is a great system. I just got the newest flashback volume (1948) and need to reread 1947 before I dive into it.
Having enjoyed some of the more recent Hellboy and B.P.R.D. runs, I've been meaning to get caught up with at least one of the two series. I'd considered buying the hardcover collections (I love the Hellboy library editions), but I just don't have the space for them anymore, having already dedicated most of my bookshelves to various Marvel/DC omnibuses/absolute editions.
Luckily for me, Dark Horse currently has the entire series (except maybe the latest run) on sale for $100 through their digital comics website. I'd previously missed out on buying all of the Hellboy comics the same way so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they'll have it on sale by Halloween too.
Plastic Man: "Are you seeing what I'm seeing? Because I'm seeing gorillas riding pterodactyls, with harpoon guns, stealing a boat."
Batman: "It's Gorilla Grodd."
Plastic Man: "It's messed up is what it is."
— "Terror on Dinosaur Island!" (from the 2nd best Batman animated series, "Batman: The Brave and the Bold")