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Ce tome constitue la conclusion de la trilogie "Scorched earth" (tome 1 The Warning et tome 2 The Black Goddess). Il comprend les 5 épisodes de la minisérie du même nom, ainsi que les esquisses préparatoires de Guy Davis, avec quelques brefs commentaires.
Tom Manning (le directeur du BPRD) est reçu à Washington avec Liz Sherman et Abe Sapien. Un comité restreint dresse le bilan de leur intervention en Mongolie et décide que dorénavant le BPRD ne pourra plus avoir recours aux forces armées américaines. Kate Corrigan effectue un voyage en Autriche en compagnie de l'homme qu'elle a rencontré à Munich, et d'un spectre encombrant. Liz Sherman subit des remontées de souvenirs datant de son séjour à Agartha. Panya papote avec Andrew Devon. Après ces mises au point, Abe Sapien et Liz Sherman (avec une équipe d'agents de terrain) retournent dans les souterrains situés sous Agartha pour mener une opération de nettoyage. La mission s'avère plus dangereuse que prévue : ils tombent sur une poche de résistance ennemie importante, avec en plus la présence de Black Flame (M. Pope, ex-PDG de Zinco). Memnan Saa a trouvé le moyen de revenir dire un dernier petit mot à Liz Sherman. Bornéo a été rayé de la carte. Un monstre gigantesque s'est installé à l'emplacement du lac salé de Salton Sea en Californie.Lire la suite ›
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Weak, weak ending11 décembre 2010
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Still cant wrap my head around the anti climatic ending. Almost makes no sense. You run a major storyline for years and this is how it ends? Even the wrap up of Lobster Johnson was silly. Come on now guys (Mignola and Arcudi)! You guys had one of the best books, one of the best story-lines (great art by Guy Davis to boot!) and some of the best characters and this is how you chose to wrap it up? Lame is the best description I can give. Im not going to post spoilers, but this ending reeks of writers block or something. Its almost just nonsensical. I could rant about it more, but really just disappointed. Very weak job on this run here.
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The World Goes to Hell (Spoilers)29 décembre 2011
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The B.P.R.D. agents confront frogs and red apes underneath Agartha, in the Ural Mountains, above the Arctic Circle, the setting for the very first B.P.R.D. adventure. I had to skim through that story again to understand better what was going on in this one.
Abe learns that he is an evolved anthro-amphibian, Homo Sapiens to the frog's Neanderthals.
Liz Sherman, the fire-starter, remains in her rut. She is still tormented by Memnan Saa's ghost, which is almost as bad as being tormented by Memnan Saa in the flesh. She is still being manipulated by more powerful men into using her power as a deux es machina to get the writers out of plot dead ends. (Oh, I meant to say that she again needs the encouragement of a sage to activate her fire power and thus incinerate her enemies and rescue her friends in the nick of time.) The results are a little different this time, for she is ends up out of fuel, perhaps for good, and her blast may have caused the geologic disasters that change the world.
I knew that half of Nebraska and half of Munich had been already been destroyed. Now the islands of Borneo and Sulawesi have disappeared and Indonesia is in ruins. If that reminds anyone of what the Oannes Society tried to do earlier, know that at least one of the Victorian cyborgs is alive and watching. The Salton Sea in California has drained and a subterranean behemoth has risen in its crater, spewing a red smog that turns people into monsters. All this leads to the B.P.R.D. being internationalized as a UN organization. Huh.
The writers have declared that this book ends the cycle of B.P.R.D. stories about the plague of frogs. The second cycle will be called Hell on Earth.
I wasn't crazy about the frog stories, but I was impressed by the post-apocalyptic vision in the writing and the art. I can see a lot of good stories coming from this point of departure. I hope they are fresh stories. I'm tired of Liz being used as a game changer and a punching bag. I'm tired of spores or smog or whatever turning people into monsters. I hope Abe's new story line about his destiny doesn't resemble Hellboy's old story line about his destiny. I also hope that Abe in the books becomes as interesting as Abe in the movies.
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Great Ending to the Frog War15 juin 2011
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As a B.P.R.D. and Hellboy fan who's read all the collected volumes up until this point, I couldn't have been more happy with the epic conclusion to the Plague of Frogs story arc. All the major players are brought together in this volume. From the heroes, you have Abe, Liz, Yohan, Kate, and even Hellboy. From the villains, you have the leader of the underground Hyperboreans, the Black Flame, and Memnan Saa. The combination of all these great characters butting heads makes for an exciting read.
Fans of Abe and Liz will be particularly pleased, as those characters each experience major revelations and turning points. I'll try to explain without giving too much away. We've been given Abe's past before, but in this volume we get a preview of Abe's destiny. The news is quite shocking for Abe. John Arcudi's writing and Guy Davis's artwork skillfully convey Abe's range of emotions, from utter disbelief to fatalistic acceptance. Along with a a preview of Abe's future that Liz sees, the character arc of Abe Sapien makes a hard right turn in an interesting direction. As a reader, I now have an appropriate amount of tension about what fate holds for Mr. Sapien.
Liz Sherman's character is also given further development. Liz gets her longest and harshest preview of the future yet. In previous volumes Liz's previews of the future always seemed like vague dreams. Sure, they were scary, but they didn't feel real to the reader. This flash forwards feels much more concrete. It even has a scene that foreshadows developments for the other B.P.R.D. characters. Plus, it ties B.P.R.D.'s apocalyptic visions to the apocalyptic visions from Hellboy. I really got the sense that Arcudi and Mike Mignola know were they're taking this story, and as a fan I'm apprehensive about if my beloved B.P.R.D. characters will be able to avoid their doom. Also very important to the story in the choice that Liz ends up making. It is her own choice this time, not a result of being manipulated or an unconscious reflex, which makes it so much more important. Liz's choice not only has personal consequences for Liz, but also has immediate consequences for the entire world.
If you're a fan of other characters, don't worry, as most characters end up getting enough focus for you to be satisfied. Fan-favorite character Lobster Johnson finds an appropriate conclusion to his story, Kate's relationship with her friend from Germany gets further developed, and hell, even Agent Devon gets some time to differentiate himself from the other faceless B.P.R.D. soldiers. The only character that doesn't get much focus is Panya, but that seems intentional. Panya is lonely and most of the other characters have forgotten about her. It seems like Arcudi is trying to make the readers realize that even THEY have forgotten her. Also, I can't believe that some scenes near the end of the book actually made me feel sympathetic towards Director Manning. All-in-all, most characters had interesting moments.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the excellent artwork in this volume. Davis (with a little help from Mignola) hits it out of the park with his creature designs. As a fan of grotesque creatures, I was really satisfied with all the new ones presented. Let's just say we get to REALLY find out what those bug-robots the underground Hyberboreans use are for...
Now let's talk about the extras. For extras, this volume contains an afterward by Mignola and character design sketches from Davis and Mignola. This is probably the most interesting set of sketches I've seen in one of these volumes. There were a large number of new creatures that had to be designed for this volume, so the sketches go in depth on that design process. You can see how Mignola and Davis pass ideas back-and-forth between each other. Many of the creatures have several pages of sketches until their final designs are arrived upon. This design process is interesting to witness.
Finally, I need to address a particular criticism in the other reviews. Some of the other reviews have complained that this volume isn't conclusive enough for being the last part of the Plague of Frogs story line. They mention how there are still unresolved story threads, and that new threads get started in this. Well, both of those things are totally understandable if you realize what the Plague of Frogs story line really is: the first act in a 3 act story. After the first act of a movie or play, are all the story lines resolved? Of course not. By that point the audience is given a clear understanding of what the story is, where it will go, and some reason to care about what's going to happen. That's exactly what happens in this volume. The frogs were only minor players in the greater B.P.R.D. story, and now that I see where that story could go I am super-excited for the future of the B.P.R.D. series. Also, I'm not just making up the idea that Plague of Frogs is act 1 of 3 in the B.P.R.D. story - Mignola himself says that in the afterward for this volume.
I can't recommend King Of Fear enough. I finished reading it yesterday and I'm still thinking about everything that occurred and all the things that could happen in the next major act in the great B.P.R.D story, Hell on Earth. If I'm still thinking about a book or movie long after it's finished, that's a sign to me that it was good. Hopefully you will enjoy King Of Fear too.
Chatty, not as awesome or as gruesome as earlier issues, but still has a surprise or two2 mars 2014
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Part three of the Scorched Earth trilogy, and the end of the traditional BPRD series (after this, Mignola founded a title called BPRD Hell On Earth), so this is the closing of a chapter in many ways. Although this collection is light on action – several scenes include wordy testimony before committees of US military, the UN security council, etc – it’s also high on significance, as we see quite a few freaky incidents take place. Kate and Bruno travel to Bavaria in an attempt to figure out what to do with Lobster Johnson, Panya in the midst, Andrew Devon (now a major BPRD personality) gets weirded out, digging around in the hollow earth, finding proto-humans, frogs, and the Black Flame. Welcoming words, hellish firestorms, freaky new leviathans, revelations of Abe and his role and his identity and his destiny. Also the return of (at least one) nasty character we thought long-gone… whose significance somehow seems a lot more significant now… wow… a whole new perspective on things!! Two Mignola-drawn Hellboy pages in the middle, Hellboy calling to Liz while she’s in a future-vision. The final book is all politicking, and laying the path for a whole new BPRD series. This just goes on and on!!!!
One of the interesting things about this story is the sketches at the back, which show the various incarnations of the new creatures in this collection, and the process Mike Mignola and Guy Davis went through to get to them. There’s also a whole section, which was later abandoned, that shows how humans transform into frog creatures. Looks pretty grotesque!!!
There’s also an amazing afterword by Mignola that summarizes the creative journey of the multiple issues that make up 14 collections of BPRD (which is probably around 70) and how they found their way, after floundering for the first two issues (which were my sentiments), and then finally finding their feet around Issue 6, after having laid plenty of fertile seeds. Great!
Weak stuff I fear4 décembre 2010
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This book is a wrapping up of sorts. The end of the Frog War is dealt with quickly, barely in fact, ready for the next cycle of BPRD stories. There is the culmination of Lobster Johnson's story arc which began in Issue 1 of Hellboy. Then there is the titular character the "King of Fear" who is a character from earlier in the BPRD series. Except when he was introduced back then he was defeated quite easily and so his return and subsequent super power is unfathomable. Liz has a premonition from her old master (see BPRD Vol 2) about the future of the world which seems reminiscent of Hellboy's doom-laden premonitions of the future but much less interesting as it's presented quite vaguely.
I like the BPRD series but felt that Mike Mignola and John Arcudi rushed this. It was a quick ending to a major story line that's been going on for books and books while the minor storylines felt like they were added on as an afterthought. It seemed that these guys wanted to make a start on the next, more interesting, story they've got brewing for the next cycle of BPRD and so "King of Fear" is a hastily added ending of sorts. Definitely not the best BPRD book of the lot but a semi-conclusion for the fans who've been following this series, though in the end unsatisfactory.