Images © Mike Mignola.
This ninth volume of B.P.R.D. fills in an early part of the agency’s history. Trevor Bruttenholm and a few staffers have come to Berlin just after World War Two to investigate the Nazi obsession with occult matters. One problem: the Russians are there ahead of them, and have grabbed all the pertinent documents and artifacts. Trevor proposes a collaboration, and the head of the Russian occult team agrees.
This is Varvara, that team leader, and one of the most delightful new characters the series has seen in some time. Imagine Shirley Temple with a Russian accent: so cute. Yet, as you can imagine, she is not what she seems at all. I won’t spoil it for you.
The two teams uncover a cache of potential vampires created by the Nazis, and sealed in containers. They will only come to life if released. Problem is, there are quite a lot of them missing! Trevor, Varvara, and their groups of soldiers face all kinds of nastiness finding them. Great read, and quite different than the other books in the series. It’s co-written by Joshua Dysart, which might explain some of that. The art is by Paul Azaceta, whose work I don’t think I’ve seen before. It has something of a Mignola feel but mixed with Alex Toth. Lots of broad strokes and deep shadows. I didn’t love it, but it works fine here.