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With a shocking ending that changes everything, B.P.R.D.:
HELL ON EARTH: MONSTERS #2 (Dark Horse Comics) is definitely an issue comic
book fans should buy. Liz Sherman, the firestarter, finds herself utterly alone
after cult fanatics who need to sacrifice a human being to raise their demonic
god kidnap her. In order to get away, Liz must burn them all back to hell!
After leaving the Bureau for Paranormal Research and
Defense, Liz has become visibly distant an rebelliously antisocial. If anyone
attempts to get close to her, Liz sadly realizes there’s the chance that she
might accidentally kill them. Since she ran away from the only family she knows
and turned her back on Abe Sapien, Liz is now living in a trailer park full of
residents who are out on parole and have search warrants on them. She is
completely surrounded by people who don’t want to be found, hiding from the
rest of the world, just like her.
Liz’s secluded refuge is actually run by hillbilly cult
fanatics, and a mother and son have set up an altar made up of chopped-up body
parts. Because no one can call the police, Liz has to take matters into her own
hands. But before she can, the cult members capture Liz, and the high priest of
trash plans on using her as their sacrifice, ordering his cult to slit her
throat and tear her limb from limb.
Even though she can freely escape from their clutches, Liz
doesn’t want to use her uncanny powers. With just a snap of her fingers, Liz
knows that she could destroy them all and watch their bodies burn to ashes.
However, Liz isn’t interested in bringing death to these people. So, armed with
a shotgun and a few shells, Liz must single-handedly take down the high priest
and his entire cult.
B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH: MONSTERS #2 is an exciting solo
mission from writers Mike Mignola and John Arcudi. Tyler Crook’s artwork does a
good job of depicting Liz’s hard-edged and ambivalent facial expressions. She’s
always fighting her personal demons, which is difficult to portray.
Interestingly, Liz has the ultimate power, but she refuses to use it. Liz is on
a search for inner peace, which is difficult for her to attain after so much
loss. And while Liz is attempting to save others, something else is going on at
the B.P.R.D. headquarters: An important character dies in this issue that will
affect the entire mythology. For fans of the series, this story arc coincides
with HELLBOY: THE FURY #3.
In a starring role, Liz Sherman takes control and fights
back in B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH: MONSTERS #2! But by keeping to herself, will
Liz’s isolation be her downfall?
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