Mike Mignola and John Arcudi return with the first part of a three-part series, B.P.R.D: HELL ON EARTH - THE DEVIL'S ENGINE. The issue opens with Andrew Devon, a former professor at Cambridge who is currently a member of B.P.R.D. He is in New Mexico and is attempting to escort a young clairvoyant girl (Fenix) and her rottweiler "Bruiser" to Denver. It's unclear in the beginning of this series as to why they are going to Denver and why he decided to pick Fenix off of the street (or in this case, the desert) but the story is written in a way that will leave the reader curious to find out more.
There are some definite creepy moments -- particularly the ones featuring the room that is completely covered in Nazi propaganda. That scene leads to a laboratory which appears to test on humans (or some kind of) subjects. It's very weird. At the same time, as creepy as it is, it's pretty interesting.
Beautiful pencils by Tyler Crook are complimented well by Dave Stewarts very subtle, warm colors in this issue. Don't get too comfortable though, things start to get a little bit creepy towards the end.
As a member of the B.P.R.D., you would think that Devon would have had the sense to listen to the girl when she warned him against getting onto the train. She doesn't just express her uneasiness once, but three times during their conversation. OIf the girl has special powers like that, he should have trusted her on some level and complied with her judgement -- at least that's the way I saw it.
This is certainly one of the better books out this week, and it seems that anything Mike Mignola and John Arcudi work on is really rather impressive. Great pacing to this story; the writers let on just enough information to hook the reader without giving anything away. Fantastic art (great pencils and colors). Thios is definitely a three part mini-series I cannot wait to continue reading.