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B.P.R.D.: Garden of Souls (Volume 7) (edition 2008)

by John Arcudi, Guy Davis, Mike Mignola

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Title:B.P.R.D.: Garden of Souls (Volume 7)
Authors:John Arcudi
Other authors:Guy Davis, Mike Mignola
Info:Dark Horse (2008), Paperback, 146 pages
Collections:Moorestown
Rating:***
Tags:comics, graphic novel, series, american, 21c, steampunk, fantasy, BPRD

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More greatness. Especially Guy Davis' exceptional hybrid creatures!!! ( )
  KateSherrod | Aug 1, 2016 |
An Abe centric story, we put at least a temporary close to his past with the climax of this volume. I really enjoy how the creative team continues to weave both horror, character growth and emotion together. ( )
  JonathanCrites | Oct 24, 2014 |
This was a really great volume, lots of interesting things going on and a nice in-depth origin story. ( )
  .Monkey. | Nov 21, 2013 |
This trade paperback collects the five-issue BPRD: Garden of Souls series, along with an extensive and extremely cool sketchbook.

Note: This review features plot spoilers -- read at your own risk.

Abe Sapien and Ben Daimio travel to Indonesia in search of clues to Abe’s past, and are promptly separated. While there, Abe discovers a mysterious island where some of his old Victorian colleagues (scientist-occultists) have set up shop. Their decaying bodies are preserved in really cool exoskeletons modeled on Victorian Era deep-sea diving suits, though they are growing new human bodies for themselves, planning to transfer their consciousnesses once the bodies are ready. And, by the way, they’ve also planted powerful bombs throughout the Pacific Rim designed to trigger massive tsunamis that will kill a couple hundred million people. The plan is that when these people die, their souls will be harvested by the occultists and used for, well, whatever it is that ancient amoral scientist-occultists would do with a couple hundred million souls. Whatever it is, Abe decides it’s a bad idea to let them finish. Oh, and the scientists have been spending their off-hours creating weird animal-hybrids (a la Dr. Moreau) and I must say that these are some of the most creative-looking critters I’ve seen. Very cool imagery here.

Ben is still looking for Abe when he is contacted by a female ancient Egyptian mummy who communicates via a possessed child. This mummy woman has been the prisoner of Abe’s old pals for the last century and a half and is interested in thwarting their plans, so she starts telling Ben what’s going on and he mobilizes the dismantling of the tsunami bombs.

As far as the other members of the BPRD, we see Liz and Johan only briefly. Liz receives an apocalyptic vision of what the Earth would look like if the Lovecraftian entities the Frogs are attempting to summon actually arrived. This is a wonderful, horrific, two-page spread and one of the highlights of the collection. Very, very striking stuff. Johan makes some additional discoveries in the abandoned records of the BPRD’s new mountain headquarters, including a possible insight into Ben Daimio’s background.

I highly recommend this one – like Volume 6, it’s an extremely strong entry in the series, providing a fun adventure, lots of beautiful images, and interesting insights into Abe Sapien’s mysterious origins (it’s not 100% resolved by the end of this story, but it’s close). I give it 4.5 stars out of 5, and would have given it the extra half-star if they’d found a way to integrate more of the other members of the BPRD with the main storyline.

Review copyright 2010 J. Andrew Byers ( )
1 vote bibliorex | Oct 18, 2010 |
B.P.R.D.: Garden of Souls is another fine addition to the series. Unfortunately, it is also so closely tied to the B.P.R.D. continuity that even a relatively observant fan can easily miss some of the major plot points carried from earlier story-lines.

Like The Dead before it, much of Garden of Souls revolves around Abraham Sapien stumbling towards a better understanding of his previous life, and growing to like himself less and less because of it. While Abe is off in the South Pacific we catch a few short glimpses of the goings on with the rest of the crew back in Colorado, though they do little more than to lay the groundwork for future story-lines. Though it is yet another Abe-centered story, it does rather more to develop his character than those previous, and also gives him the chance to do some of the high-adventure actionering that was usually reserved for his ex-associate, Hellboy.

As with all of the B.P.R.D. series, and indeed nearly all of Mignola's work, B.P.R.D.: Garden of Souls is relatively light on words; it is the dynamic and beautiful nature of the art that really drives the story. Davis really does an incredible job, and has had a great opportunity to get creative with the design for this volume. The story introduces a few really visually interesting characters -- and a couple species-- that while only making brief appearances, make this story a feast for the eye and the imagination. While Garden of Souls shares some of the same flaws as its predecessors, it does more than deliver the creative and engrossing story that B.P.R.D. represents. ( )
  Magus_Manders | Jan 4, 2010 |
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Abe Sapien follows a strange clue to the jungles of Indonesia and a secret society with connections to Abe's past life during the American Civil War. Meanwhile, Liz's apocalyptic visions have begun to escalate, and Johann makes a startling discovery about a member of the Bureau. Written by John Arcudi and Hellboy and B.P.R.D. creator Mike Mignola, and drawn by Guy Davis, Garden of Souls offers a window into the bizarre backstory of Abe Sapien and his colleagues in the mysterious Oannes Society - complete with Victorian cyborgs, doomsday devices, and a very well preserved mummy.

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Abe Sapien follows a strange clue to the jungles of Indonesia and a secret society with connections to Abe's past life during the American Civil War. Meanwhile, Liz's apocalyptic visions have begun to escalate, and Johann makes a startling discovery about a member of the Bureau.… (more)

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