COMIC REVIEW: B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Transformation of J.H. O’Donnell

The Transformation of J.H. O’Donnell is a standalone that fills a small gap in the B.P.R.D. mythos with a tale about a supporting cast member, whilst telling a strong and satisfying horror story for those unfamiliar with the series.

The story chronicles what happened to the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defence’s resident ranting researcher, J.H. O’Donnell, that made him go crazy.

The narrative is told in the form of a conversation between two members of staff at the Bureau during some downtime between missions as one recalls to the other about what happened to O’Donnell on a mission with Hellboy over twenty years ago.

Mike Mignola and Scott Allie’s script is packed with suspenceful Lovecraftian horror whilst not being afraid to throw in a few dashes of humour to the mix, as per usual for the B.P.R.D./Hellboy series’.

The art by Max Fiumara is a perfect match for the story. While at the start it comes off as jarring with characters drawn in a bulbous caricature style, it very soon naturally blends in to give the tale its surreal spin (and reminds you of a Tim Burton movie).

The end product is a perfect short story that is a shining example of Mike Mignola and friends’ creations to the established fan and a great introduction to new readers hoping to try something new.

Rating: 5/5
: Dean Simons

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