And Then I Read: B.P.R.D. The Universal Machine

Images © Mike Mignola.

This sixth collection of B.P.R.D. came out in 2007, I’m still catching up. This continues some plotlines from the 5th collection, “The Black Flame,” which I reviewed recently, mainly the destruction of Roger and what they might do about it. Liz Sherman is investigating a lead in France on a very old Marquis who might have a book telling how Roger was made, and therefore how to remake him. Of course, things are never that simple. Liz soon finds herself a hostage of this evil fellow who, it turns out, wants a lot more than Liz is willing to bargain with.

Meanwhile, back at B.P.R.D. headquarters, the rest of the team swap stories about their own backgrounds, all of which are quite entertaining, illuminating and/or scary. This deepens the characters nicely, and these sort of stories within the story are a nice break from the cataclysmic action of the previous collection. The main story is well plotted, with some surprising twists and turns for Liz and the Marquis, making this an excellent read.

I’m getting more used to Guy Davis’s figures. I have the same problems with them: too similar, especially the mouths and facial expressions, but the writing by Arcudi and Mignola is strong enough that I’m not noticing as much. And Guy does a fine job with the action and horror.

Highly recommended.

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