Story by: Mike Mignola, Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
Art by: Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon
Letters by: Clem Robins
Colors by: Dave Stewart
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Released: July 2013
B.P.R.D. Vampire #5 is the final issue in the comic mini series by Mike Mignola. While I am sad to see it end I also know that like all the other B.P.R.D and Hellboy stories it will continue, I will just have to be patient.
The final issue sees B.P.R.D’s Professor Bruttenholm traveling to Krumlov to retrieve the body of Agent Anders. However Anders had other plans and doesn’t end up dying like he was supposed to. As always he has his own agenda and sets out on a journey of his own, which will more than likely keep him out of future B.P.R.D comics for a little while.
It’s still way to early to tell what Mignola and brothers Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon have in store next for this storyline but it will definitely be worth the wait.
The artwork is amazing in this issue, as well as the entire series. While I am typically a fan of bright colors (I do have rainbow in my name after all) I’ve always liked the artwork Bá and Moon provide for these titles. It’s dark with minimal contrast, which makes it excellent for “horror” comics. Another thing I like about their artwork is that it doesn’t try to scare readers by drawing big creepy characters with over exaggerated features that are purely made to instill fear. Instead they use the colors and minimal detail to give an eerie vibe that you can feel through out the entire comic. Even if you didn’t read it you could tell just by looking at Bruttenholm’s office that this comic isn’t about superheroes.
Mike Mignola is on top of his game as always, painting a clear picture with words of what is going on in each and every scene, while also keeping you wondering what is going to happen next. Even when the final page is done you still wonder, “What’s going to happen to Anders? Is Professor Bruttenholm really assembling a team to go after him? Or does he simply want to help him in his mission?”
Readers will eventually have answers to these questions, but it does appear we will have to be a little patient, as no continuing comics are in the works…yet.
4 out of 5 nerds