The original team, from left to right: Johann Kraus, Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien, Roger, Kate Corrigan.
A spinoff series of comics set in the Hellboy universe, which picks up after Hellboy leaves the titular Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. The series follows the remaining agents as they continue trying to prevent The End of the World as We Know It, fighting the rapidly multiplying frogmen and confronting several particularly nasty villains. Long story short, it's not working.It's written by Mike Mignola working together with John Arcudi, and at first illustrated by Guy Davis, whose artwork sets a different tone from the original series. Beginning in 2011, the series was rebranded as BPRD: Hell On Earth. Davis left shortly after, and was replaced by a number of artists, Tyler Crook and James Harren being the most prevalent.
Provides Examples Of:
A Day in the Limelight: Several miniseries focus on the adventures of regular BPRD field agents—the redshirts of Hellboy. Agent Giarocco has been prevalent in two series now. This becomes increasingly common as the organization begins to lose the superpowered agents in one way or another.
Alternate Continuity: Averted. It's still occurring along the same timeline as Hellboy, but despite the scale of events in both series, they virtually never overlap.
By King of Fear, Regional Class 1s are occurring all over the world. Munich is destroyed by ancient Hyperborean robots, Nebraska gets ravaged by Katha-Hem, Houston is obliterated by a supervolcano, a gigantic crustacean creature is sitting in the Salton Sea and breathing toxic vapors into the atmosphere, and half the Indonesian archipelago's just disappeared. England is also devastated by Hellboy's battle against the Ogdru Jahad.
And as of The Return of the Master the ante is upped further with an earthquake that is seemingly felt everywhere on Earth, resulting in dozens of Ogdru Hem popping up all over the world, from New York to Vladivostok. As if that weren't bad enough, the Salton Sea monster has finally started moving, and it's leaving behind eggs.
Subverted with Roger. They even spend an entire story arc letting you think it's gonna happen.
More or less the plot of Return of the Master. Hellboy's Big Bad Rasputin seems to have finally, successfully been resurrected. As he is repelling an attack from the BPRD, Zinco Corporation, unaware Rasputin is alive, try to resurrect him themselves, but inadvertently bring back the Black Flame instead. The ensuing worldwide chaos destroys the real Rasputin's fortress, leaving his fate ambiguous.
Karl Ruprecht Kroenen and Leopold Kurtz, the Nazi scientists who died in Wake the Devil, have somehow been brought back to life and are working for Mr. Marsten, Pope's successor as CEO of Zinco, in the latest arcs of Hell on Earth. In their effort to bring back Rasputin, they inadvertently brought back the Black Flame and caused even further global destruction.
Deus Ex Nukina: In 1948, the BPRD is sent to investigate the appearance of bizarre monsters immediately after a nuclear test. It's hinted that the nuke somehow opened a portal to an alternate Earth and let the creatures through.
Dull Surprise: Liz Sherman's default expression for most of the comics. Justified, as she's supposed to be depressed and heavily medicated due to her tragic past, and in the later BPRD series, she gets better.
Geek: Kate Corrigan was the occult/mythology geek in the comics (it was her day job before she joined the BPRD). Recently, Johann Krauss seems to be turning into the evil version of this.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: Notably subverted with Daimio. He has hideous scarring along the left side of his head, and is missing an ear and most of his left cheek. Blame the jaguar demon that's now inhabiting his soul.
The Hedonist: Johann in Killing Ground, when he (temporarily) finds a new body, spends as much time as he can working out, masturbating, and eating huge amounts of food (so much that the custodial staff complained he was single-handedly raising their monthly garbage tonnage). Many of the issue's problems could have been solved, and innocent people saved, if he hadn't snuck off-base to carouse with pretty ladies and booze.
Hoist by His Own Petard: Thanks to the vampiric Brezina sisters, Simon Anders has now become a super-vampire determined to wipe out all other vampires from the face of the earth. Even the vampire lords are terrified.
Kaiju: Many of the Ogdru Hem are such, skyscraper-sized or larger, burrowing up through the ground and crawling from the ocean to lay waste to many major cities.
Kill It with Fire: Liz uses this a lot, obviously. Also, the BPRD usually sends one "flame-thrower guy" with field teams when they expect contact. Most of the abominations can be killed with fire, though not all.
Our Vampires Are Different: Given the nature of the series, this is to be expected. In 1946, Bruttenholm and his team have to deal with Vampire-Human hybrids made from injecting the mentally and physically disabled, gay, and other prisoners that the Nazis had rounded up with vampire blood.
The leading vampires have concocted a plan for taking over the world, which basically amounts to vampires hiding themselves long enough for mankind to forget how to fight them.
Put on a Bus: What the series did to Hellboy. This also happens to Abe in an awesome way in The Dead.
Red Shirt: Just about any regular BPRD agent who has the gall to tag along with the main characters on their missions isn't coming back.
Certain agents may be MauveShirts, however, with Agent Devon being one of the more notable examples.
Sixth Ranger: While sorting the various agents into roles is a bit tricky, Captain Daimio seems to be a Sixth Ranger. Johann may also qualify.
Sole Surviving Scientist: When the Bureau gets its new headquarters, a disaffected nuclear-proof bunker in the mountains, they find an old scientist whose been living there since its was shut down, writing down notes on a typewriter for so long the keys wore out and it punched holes in the paper, he was so far gone he didn't notice. He later releases an Eldritch Abomination into the base thinking it some kind of angelic creature.
The Unmasqued World: Especially as the series continues, and any semblance of secrecy was torn to shreds in The Black Flame, in which a mountain-sized Eldritch Abomination rampages through the central United States and crushes several cities to rubble.
The Virus: One of the more horrific, and common, fates in the series is being transformed into horrible demon-spawn frog monsters. No race, gender or age group is spared. It gets upgraded in King of Fear: The Frogmen are being replaced by hideous four-legged crablike "hammerheads", and the infecting agent is now airborne.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Memnan Saa's primary motivation was to preserve the human race and civilization. He was willing to resort to any means necessary, however, and he even dismissed Kate Corrigan's offer of an alliance between himself and the BPRD by claiming that the latter was not ruthless enough. Of course, his secondary motivation is to rule over the survivors as a god, so there's that too.
Memnan Saa: Your bureau, your governments, will try to save all of this earth. That is childish! The war has already begun. You believe you've had your victories. You will believe that again. While the truth is, little by little you are losing. So, there is only one question.. a question you will never be able to answer. How much are you willing to lose... to win?
Zombie Apocalypse: Large swaths of the American countryside are under the effect of an Ogdru Hem's toxic vapor, which turns people into mutant undead. No One's Safe in the Wasteland, where Johann's team has to cross rural Illinois on foot, almost feels like an issue of The Walking Dead.