Review: B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Gods #1

Published on January 14th, 2011

The Bureau for Paranormal Research  and Defense is going into its second storyline since they added “Hell on Earth” to its title, this one simply entitled Gods. I still don’t see the point in changing the title for the series, and I really wish they had done one ongoing series instead of all the different miniseries, but these are just things I’m picking on. What’s important is the story, and I really enjoyed the last storyline, New Worlds, so I’m expecting this one to stay on track and be just as good.

bprdhellonearth1It’s been a tough road for the world of B.P.R.D. after all the monster and demon attacks that have hit the world it looks like things are really starting to take its tole on the people just trying to get by. This first issue of the storyline features a group of homeless people that are being led by a young girl named Fenix. Everyone follows her because she appears to have some amount of psychic powers. Thanks to her abilities the group has known when it was important to be on the move and thankfully they have been able to avoid every huge catastrophe, natural or supernatural. She always knows which direction to go to keep the people in the group safe.

There’s a new guy in the group named Willis who takes them to an abandoned high school that could easily house the entire group without any police kicking them out. When Willis shows Fenix the school she immediately declines the offer despite the obvious appeal of the location. Willis decides to leave the group and stay at the high school while everyone else goes to stay at an abandoned and empty public pool. The other people in the group are starting to worry that Fenix’s abilities aren’t working so well due to her ongoing illness. They want to get her to a doctor, but she refuses, and her dog keeps anyone from forcing her to do anything.

Meanwhile back at the old school Willis is enjoying a good night’s rest until he starts having nightmares about being chased by cops that eventually turn into monsters. Willis is awoken from his nightmare by a noise. He gets out of his makeshift bed and grabs a board to protect himself while he investigates the noise. Willis confronts the intruder who happens to be the one and only, Abe Sapien.

Alright, so this was a decent start to a new story line, but I gotta say I was somewhat disappointed. They did a good job of getting me into the story, I like how there’s some focus on the people that truly suffer after a big disaster, and I’m interested in Fenix. Obviously with her psychic power she’s a perfect fit for a B.P.R.D. storyline, and I’m excited to see where this story goes. My problem is that this is only a three issue story so we’re a third into this and we didn’t even see a main character until the last friggin’ page. This was a really quick read, and my worry is that the rest of the story is going to have to be rushed. It seems like the book was kind of a tease, and I wish they had expanded it by a few more pages and given a little bit more to the story. I can say that this was a good set-up for a story, I just hope the next two issues can make up for a the lack of action without it being rushed.

Ken Zeider