Review: Rise of the Black Flame by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson

Title: Rise of the Black Flame

Author: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson

Illustrators: Christopher Mitten, Dave Stewart, Clem Robins

Series: Rise of the Black Flame #1-5

Pages: 144

3 stars – I liked it

This is the origin of the Black Flame, who has appeared as an enemy in B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Vol. 5, Lobster Johnson Vol. 2, and Sledgehammer 44. 

This origin story takes place in Siam at a hidden temple dedicated to the Cult of the Black Flame. It follows the journey of two police officers, Sarah Jewell, Marie-Therese Lafleur, and Farang on their way to the temple to rescue some missing children. This was kind of a sad origin story because the Black Flame never really wanted to be what he became but he does end up being a very powerful enemy in the future. I think I liked him more in the previous comics he has shown up in. 

The only character that I was really interested in learning more about was Sarah Jewell who has appeared in previous comics like Witchfinder. I like how strong and tough she is and I really want more stories of her fighting monsters. 

Overall, this was an ok origin story for the Black Flame. 


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