B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: A Cold Day in Hell (#105 – 106) – John Arcudi, Mike Mignola

3 out of 5

Peter Snejbjerg returns for a brief two-parter that gives us some more Iosif / Varvarra action, and further establishes Carla Giarocco as a badass.

The B.P.R.D. agent and the S.S.S. leader board a plane on a mission to Doyonek, in part to help rescue any leftover civilians, and in part so that Iosif can visit a walled off facility and make sure things are still running as hoped.  Snejbjerg solid, stiff figures are perfect for his co-creation, Iosif, and work well in the cold landscape with Dave Stewart’s colors.  His style is also surprisingly fitting for when some action breaks out, but one particular sequence proves that unique paneling isn’t, perhaps, his forte, as things that break from regular fixed, close-up shots and insets don’t flow as smoothly.

While the core explanation of what the facility is and does is an awesome piece of additional lore, how Arcudi gets there is a bit clunky, presumably to fit this within a couple of issues: we show the aftermath of a scene, and then flash back, allowing for a lot to be explained in exposition.  This is somewhat balanced out by in-the-moment scenes with Giarocco being awesome, but a lot of the more intriguing elements are made retroactively underwhelming by this structure.