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B.P.R.D., Vol. 12: War on Frogs

B P R D Vol War on Frogs The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense s ongoing war against the frog monsters explodes in five short stories set before Roger s death in B P R D The Black Flame

  • Title: B.P.R.D., Vol. 12: War on Frogs
  • Author: Mike Mignola John Arcudi Guy Davis Karl Moline Peter Snejbjerg
  • ISBN: 9781595824806
  • Page: 352
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense s ongoing war against the frog monsters explodes in five short stories set before Roger s death in B.P.R.D The Black Flame.

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    1. Mike Mignola John Arcudi Guy Davis Karl Moline Peter Snejbjerg

      Mike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age he doesn t remember why and reading Dracula at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began working for Marvel Comics, first as a very terrible inker and then as an artist on comics like Rocket Raccoon, Alpha Flight and The Hulk By the late 80s he had begun to develop his signature style thin lines, clunky shapes and lots of black and moved onto higher profile commercial projects like Cosmic Odyssey 1988 and Gotham by Gaslight 1989 for DC Comics, and the not so commercial Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser 1990 for Marvel In 1992, he drew the comic book adaptation of the film Bram Stoker s Dracula for Topps Comics.In 1993, Mike moved to Dark Horse comics and created Hellboy, a half demon occult detective who may or may not be the Beast of the Apocalypse While the first story line Seed of Destruction, 1994 was co written by John Byrne, Mike has continued writing the series himself There are, at this moment, 13 Hellboy graphic novel collections with on the way , several spin off titles B.P.R.D Lobster Johnson, Abe Sapien and Witchfinder , three anthologies of prose stories, several novels, two animated films and two live action films staring Ron Perlman Hellboy has earned numerous comic industry awards and is published in a great many countries.Mike also created the award winning comic book The Amazing Screw on Head and has co written two novels Balti, or, the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and Joe Golem and the Drowning City with best selling author Christopher Golden.Mike worked very briefly with Francis Ford Coppola on his film Bram Stoker s Dracula 1992 , was a production designer on the Disney film Atlantis The Lost Empire 2001 and was visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on Blade II 2002 , Hellboy 2004 and Hellboy II The Golden Army 2008 He lives somewhere in Southern California with his wife, daughter, a lot of books and a cat.

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    1. This volume is a collection of really good short stories about BPRD fighting the frog monsters, but it is a victim of confusing ordering. These short stories are actually meant to be read together with B.P.R.D Vol. 5: The Black Flame, and it makes absolutely no sense if you read it between volumes 11 and 14 (13 is a separate story, too!). To remedy that, I highly recommend reading BPRD in these fantastic omnibus editions: B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs 2. The stories there are reshuffled in the corre [...]


    2. This is actually a series of short stories, set throughout the war with frogs. So dead, vanished, and changed characters show up as they were in the past. Most of the stories are really good, and it was nice to see Roger again. And it was quite something to see the contrast in Liz between the way she used to be and the way she was at her lowest point in the series.


    3. I'm a short story reader and writer, and I love the graphic novel format. So I was likely predisposed to like this volume of BPRD. Or maybe its just the fact that it was so well-drawn and well-written. Mmm?Of course, like any other work in the BPRD series, there are plenty of juicy shoot-em-up scenes of frogs being blown into quivering technicolor bits. And there is much of the usual grim, determined, hard-nosed characterizations that one would expect from a bunch of super-freaks who have been ( [...]


    4. I'm a die-hard fan of Hellboy and, to varying degrees, all its spin-offs. Of the bunch of them, the ongoing B.P.R.D. series is the one that does it for me least often, though even it is frequently truly great. War on Frogs is sort of a departure even for it, as it's a series of one-shot stories focusing on different characters and told at various points throughout the B.P.R.D.'s ongoing, well, war on frogs, done sort of in the style of old-fashioned war comics.Sadly, it left me a little cold. Th [...]


    5. Whilst I found this collection enjoyable, it wasn't as good as other B.P.R.D. collections such as 'plague of frogs' and 'the dead'. The quality of the art for the most part is rather good and it is interesting to see a few artists different takes on the B.P.R.D. This collection isn't bad, it just isn't as good as it could be.



    6. This whole series is fast on action- mostly blowing up or shooting millions of frogs per action sequence, or burning them if liz sherman is involved, and then slows for the character progression and exposition. It is nice to have a saga play out over years and by going light on the exposition while still making sense it really draws you into the War part of the War on Frogs, while building the emotional impact of each battle scene. Abe dealing with his lost ghost wife and liz and johann fighting [...]


    7. Probably closer to a 3.5 than anything else. This is a bunch of one-off stories featuring the BPRD shooting, blowing up, immolating, etc. the frog monsters from the past several stories with a few surprises along the way. The Johan story is good and creepy, and the Liz Sherman story is kind of sweet (and also creepy), but for the most part this just feels like a lot of filler and loose ends getting tied that didn't really need it.


    8. This is an interesting short collection focusing of each member of the team. Some of the storylines are better than others but they still provide a little insight into each characters back story. Not essential to the bigger arc but it feels little gaps and adds some interesting hints that the converted haven't lost all humanity.


    9. Just before the end of this big and evil rise, we get an interlude that covers some holes and gets us back to my favourite part of these books; tight short stories that continue to move the bigger arc. And character development


    10. Right in the middle of war on frogs we get some insight on some characters.So far, the War on Frogs storyline has been amazing. We've gotten insane action, wonderfully dense world building and intimate small character moments. This trade focuses on characters however with mixed results:World: The world is still amazing. I did however, felt mixed about the art. These stories were mostly single issue stories about different characters during the War on Frogs so it's understandable that there are m [...]


    11. This volume is set before the events of volume 5 (The Black Flame) and continues the fragmented and rather uninspired wandering that has become commonplace in the BPRD books as of late. I wonder why they decided to go back in time so far for this collection of short stories. They don't add anything at all to the main plotline and bring back characters which have been missing for 4 plus volumes or more. This book has the feel of the second volume (The Soul of Venice and Other Stories) but is more [...]


    12. Kind of a non-essential, interstitial volume of the series, consisting of five short stories that take place several earlier in the timeline of the series than when they came out (I think?), and maybe published in a few different places, like anthologies or on the web. There are some decent character pieces and looks at what life is like for the nameless grunts of the BPRD who have to go into battle against these horrible monsters alongside the more "famous" heroes, which is kind of interesting, [...]


    13. The reading order that I used:*The Black Flame #1*War on Frogs #1*Revival (War on Frogs #5)*War on Frogs #2*War on Frogs #4*The Black Flame #2-6*War on Frogs #3This volume was published way after The Black Flame but contains flashback stories from that story arc was decent.Issue #1, #2, and #4 are 4/5 stars while issues #3 and #5 are 3/5 stars.*I liked Roger's moral qualms and "what was the point of this, exactly?" attitude in regards to Cavendish hall.*The slaughter of the armed forces on the b [...]


    14. An anthology volume looking back at different points in the "War on Frogs," this loses a lot of the drive of proceeding volumes. Lost characters are brought back for some decent character moments, but their presence seems like a distraction from the dire metaplot that led us to this point.The stories seem a little uninspired too, throwing tons of grunts to their deaths as the heroes make it through unscathed. If the B.P.R.D. is an incompetent as they come off here, it's no wonder the world is he [...]


    15. This is a collection of short stories from various earlier periods of the BPRD timeline. I usually enjoy short story collections and this one was OK, I suppose. It certainly wasn't outright bad but all the tales, barring the final story, were quite mediocre, if I'm honest. I'd've probably given this book two stars if it wasn't for the fifth and final tale, which was head and shoulders above the others.This is the first BPRD collection I've given less than four stars. One for BPRD completists onl [...]


    16. A trifle uneven, but that's to be expected from this volume -- it's a collection of one-shot stories focusing on the lives of some of the active-duty BPRD protagonists. Roger (pre-death), Abe, Liz, Johann, Daimiyo all get their own chance to shine as Mignola & co. fill in the gaps between the present day war and the beginning of the "plague". Some of the stories are better than others, especially Daimiyo, Johann & Roger's, but those great ones manage to compensate for the less-inspiring [...]


    17. Totally enjoyed the evil frogs getting slaughtered by various BPRD agents. Each chapter is an independent short story and they are linked together by having frogs as the baddies. Some are more action, some more philosophical, some more character development all are well done. I especially liked Chapter 3 on the ship/sub thingy. It didn't have any of the major BPRD characters but it was suspenseful, got you to quickly admire this new group only to have a satisfying but bittersweet ending. I re-re [...]


    18. These stories take the supernatural investigations of other TV shows and comic books and book series and often pair it with a Lovecraftian taint, a Delta Green RPG swagger, ordinary people trying to manage danger through process and firepower. It's great stuff. These short stories are just as good as anything else in the series, which is to say, good. I dug this I pat the library because John Arcudi is a co-writer with creator Mike Mignola. And I just fell into Arcudi recently.


    19. Eager as I am to return to the events at hand in BPRD, this flash-back collection was an interesting diversion to tell more stories about 'the war.' Nice to get some more stories with since-fallen characters. Not all of the stories are brilliant, and not all the art was to my liking, but on a whole it was a fun collection.


    20. DIfferent from the usual format of the other books in this series, this is a series of short separate but related stories each showcasing different artistic talent, and emphasizing different B.P.R.D. characters. I dug it, even though the book's title led me to imagine an epic battle, it was still quite good.


    21. Ehis was sort of a bunch of miscellaneous one-issue frog-related stories drawn by a bunch of guest artists. I didn't think the stories were that great, and none of them really added much of anything to the main plot line. And I missed the regular artist. I hope that the next volume is back to business as usual for the B.P.R.D.


    22. A kind of a breather before writers John Arcudi and Mike Mignola wrap up the story, and multiple plot threads, from the BRPD's war on the frogs and demons from a nether realm (not as cliche as it sounds). This installment let's us take a look at the BRPD's more mundane agents with a look back at some of the war's smaller events.


    23. Not sure why this is printed out of order, but whatever. It's a strange volume in that it contains probably the weakest issue (the one with the little girl) and strongest issue (Johann and the ghosts) of the series so far though in the Plague of Frogs cycle.


    24. This series is one of my favorites, but I couldn't recommend this to anyone who isn't just interested in the art. Maybe I just don't like the short story format too much. But the stories don't last long enough for me. Again, the art is great, I liked every artist except maybe Herb Trimpe.


    25. This book lacked depth and while there were some moments containing deeper meaning, they were not necessarily riveting. As enjoyable as some of these characters may be, honestly, I do not think fans of Hellboy or B.P.R.D. will really miss much by skipping out on this volume.


    26. I adore both Hellboy and B.P.R.D. because of the brilliant use of folkloric elements and the clever characterization of some very strange--and wonderful--people.They're some of the smartest comics I've read. Read 'em.


    27. A collection of interlinked one shots taking place during the same period as The Black Flame. The frog monsters are spreading across America and the BPRD is finding it increasingly hard to hold 'em back. Good, but not outstanding.


    28. Standalone stories of BPRD characters in various battles with the frog creatures. Some are better than others, and none are as good as the earlier Hellboy books, but it still makes for enjoyable reading.


    29. I really do love this more action oriented off-shoot of the Hellboy series, but this was a collection of one-shots and random stories that I wasn't able to really get into, as it mostly takes place prior to the last true story arc and was a little confusing on where the characters were at.


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