B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know, Vol. 2: Pandemonium
Mike Mignola & Scott Allie, story; Sebastian Fiumara, Mike Mignola & Laurence Campbell, artists; Dave Stewart, colors
Dark Horse Comics, 2019

Hellboy is back--reunited with Liz Sherman and Abe Sapien--but the B.P.R.D. isn't sure he's really back on the team. He seems unwilling to hunt the demon leader threatening to turn the Earth into a new Hell. The first chapter begins with a surprise sequence drawn by Mike Mignola which depicts Hellboy meeting Roger in Hell. Hellboy keeps saying enigmatic things like "it's very close now." The team goes to Manhattan to confront Varvara and her followers (which includes a demon that Ashley Strode thought she had sent back to Hell, but instead had bound to Earth). They have another huge demonic battle, in which acting director Devon becomes demonically possessed after falling in battle. Ashley falls after being used to help Varvara's plans. The Black Flame appears, and the final caption reads "Next: Ragna Rok!" Somehow the series finds a way to keep increasing the stakes, even though it seemed the world was lost before now. The endless protracted battle scenes are becoming tedious as well. But it looks like the next collection will finally truly be The End.

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