Image © Mike Mignola.
Who would want to live in the world of B.P.R.D. and be a part of their team fighting supernatural menaces? No one in their right mind is the answer. Yet the psychodrama is compelling to me in a way that real-life crime, cruelty and corruption are not. As if the apparent end of the world is not enough for the team to deal with, a new threat has arrived in the form of a mad Russian with inexplicable and deadly powers. He shows up in Scotland and begins gathering acolytes. The B.P.R.D. goes on the attack, and as often happens, are not too successful. Meanwhile, back at headquarters the precognitive girl Fenix has shown up to apply for work with the Bureau. Things do not go well for her either. Various other plotlines, while quite interesting, can be summed up as “not going well for the B.P.R.D.” And it so rarely does. But the emotional and physical journeys of the characters are engrossing.