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BPRD: The Devil You Know #15-The End.

Amazing! Mike Mignola kept his promise. All the prophecies came together. It really was the end of the world, and the new race of man.

All the waiting was worth it. There was a long stretch of nothing happening and fear that Mignola had lost his thread, but this completes one of the greatest universes ever created in comic books. I am pleased.

Sure, Mignola still has plans for some more flashback stories featuring Hellboy, so there is still more comics to come. Everything has been wrapped up now, and the rest is just icing on the finished cake.

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I'm going to have to go back and read last month's book, but I think most of our heroes are dead. Maybe a few made it into the caverns. It was real nice to have Mignola finish the art himself too.

Real impressed by this book after they seemed to lose their nerve a few years ago

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Yes, most of the heroes died. Three main characters died in the past two issues, to be sure. However, one of those main characters could have survived in to the new world, and probably shouldn't have been killed in the last issue. His death seemed pointless, unlike the other two main characters.

Oh well, I am still completely pleased with this issue as an ending to twenty-five years.

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Wow, so this is the end of the story..amazing that Mignola and the rest got here - and stunned with the ending. I gasped a few times, because some big stuff happens a few times. Mike Mignola drew half of the issue - and packed his pages with his probably best work ever - economic storytelling, where every panel is like a music note, and it flows with beautiful poetry of storytelling. Also, not much vagueness - pretty much everything that happens happens - its not a dream sequence, its not a prophecy.. it's the end of the world and scyscraper sized monsters are like 8th most noticable thing that happens here

go read that comic - even if you're not completly up with B.P.R.D - most of the plot points refer back to old school Hellboy stories that mignola wrote and drew. 

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Good point. I mean, you can read Hellboy in Hell for the end of Hellboy's story, as there is a definitive end point for that character at the end. However, I would recommend that people who have only read the Hellboy comics, and skipped the BPRD spin-offs (why did you do it?), would be interested to see how the whole thing ends.

I mean, there is some hand-waving on Mignola's part about the status of Hellboy (so as not to invalidate Hellboy in Hell), but this was Hellboy completing his role in prophecy, as touched on in a number of earlier Hellboy comics.

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I think Hellboy In Hell was something Mignola really wanted to do - unleash his imagination - but it wasn't really plot driven. As much as i liked the ending of HoH - it was the ending of that series and like it had a bit of a dreamlike quality and no reprecussions in the "real world". In the BPRD ending i felt the real world shake - at least the real world of that story - but i also felt the impact as a reader. I'm happy both exist!

I read all of BPRD until The New World, which i read sporadically - it seemed like a lot of soldier action that i wasn't so much into - with some highlights like The Long Death. I hopped back on with The Devil You Know. Didn't read any of the Abe Sapien stuff or the Frankenstein - which turned out to be of some importance in setting up the underground world. Good time to fill in the gaps :)

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Yeah, The New World and Abe Sapien were the period where I felt Mignola was just killing time. Now, I think that he really wanted to end his story with the 25th anniversary of his universe, and he really was killing time during that long, dull middle period.

There were some highlights in the Abe Sapien series, but a lot of it was pretty similar to what was going on in BPRD during The New World. I'd say you are safe to skip most of The New World, but I think you should go back and fill in at least some of the missing Abe Sapien ongoing series.

I would definitely recommend reading Frankenstein Underground. It was worth your time, and was just a mini-series, so doesn't require the commitment of The New World or Abe Sapien's ongoing series.

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