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B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #109: Wasteland Part 3

by Sean Tonelli on July 17, 2013

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #109: Wasteland Part 3
The beautifully dark and twisted Wasteland arc concludes this week with a top-notch downer of an ending. For those of you following the series check out my thoughts on Part One and Part Two if you wish to be caught up to speed.
Part Three picks up right where Part Two left off, with Gervesh looking for Lucas, the boy who ran away into the dark, cold night. After Klaus calls off the search, the group head into the heart of Chicago to complete their mission, but all they find is death and dying. Everything seems be going to heck in a hand basket pretty quickly, but then Lucas emerges and reminds that gang that things could be, and are about to be, a whole lot worse.
There’s not a whole lot more I can say about this arc, or this issue for that matter, that I hadn’t said in the past. It’s a terrific throw-back to the dark Carpenter flicks of the 80’s and an all-around great read. Part Three does introduce us to a new player in the B.P.R.D. universe, an agent by the name of Howards who wakes from a coma and goes ‘Conan’ on any mutant he sees. But his existence raises far more questions, and it will be exciting to see just how Howard fits into this mess.
The art is spectacular, particularly Howard’s rampage at the end, which is silhouetted in reds and blacks. You can almost feel Howard’s rage dripping from the pages. Dave Stewart is an expert colourist, an almost thankless job, but it’s his work at Dark Horse that makes a lot of their books the eye-candy that they are. Kudos Mr. Stewart.
All in all, B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #109: Wasteland Conclusion is a grim and satisfying ending to this dark, action packed tale. If you missed it during its initial run, make sure you do not miss the trade.
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #109: Wasteland Conclusion
Writer(s): Mike Mignola & John Arcudi
Art: Laurence Campbell
Colours: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover: Dave Johnson

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