King of Fear
|Written by||Mike Mignola & John Arcudi|
|Illustrated by|| Guy Davis|
with Mike Mignola
|Colored by||Dave Stewart|
|Lettered by||Clem Robins|
|Edited by||Scott Allie|
|Originally Published in||B.P.R.D.: King of Fear #1–5|
|Internal Numbering||B.P.R.D. #64–68|
|Date Published||January–May 2010|
|Collected in||B.P.R.D. – Volume 14: King of Fear|
|Omnibus Edition||B.P.R.D. Plague of Frogs – Volume 4|
This is Part Three of the Scorched Earth Trilogy
A story that began in the first issue of Hellboy concludes with the B.P.R.D. team set to permanently wipe out the subterranean colony of frog monsters that have been a story-driving plague. With Memnan Saa dead, agents Liz and Abe take on the powerful King of Fear -- who ultimately reveals that it is, in fact, the B.P.R.D. members themselves who will lead the world to apocalypse, not the supernatural monsters, demons, or colossal squidbots.
The five issue mini-series was published from January to May 2010. The story was collected in the trade paperback B.P.R.D.: King of Fear in November 2010. This is the final series in the Plague of Frogs storyline. Mike Mignola drew two pages in the fourth issue.
After the defeat of the mystic Memnan Saa, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense -- on the outs with the United States government after the bloodstained rescue of Liz Sherman -- embarks to the Ural Mountains, the site of B.P.R.D.: Hollow Earth, to put the frog menace to rest once and for all.
Meanwhile, Kate Corrigan heads to Hunte Castle in Austria, where Hellboy killed the Conqueror Worm, on her own rescue mission -- to save ectoplasmic special agent Johann Kraus, possessed by the ghost of Lobster Johnson.
While Liz and Abe lead a platoon of agents and soldiers into the Hollow Earth, Kate Corrigan tries to juggle work with romance. She travels to Austria to explore the ruins of Hunte Castle -- the haunted Nazi fortress where crime fighter Lobster Johnson died and Hellboy fought the Conqueror Worm -- where she hopes to place Lobster Johnson's ghost to rest and make him free the spirit of Johann Kraus.
While scouring the Tibetan caverns to obliterate the monstrous frog colony, Liz and Abe face the King of Fear -- who's found a powerful new ally in his quest to destroy the surface world.
The King of Fear is revealed to have allied with The Black Flame, who was last seen being dragged undergound by the frog people. He has apparently had a change of heart, and now is happy to be working for the greater good of the frogs, instead of trying to control them.
Beneath the ruins of the Hyperborean temple, Liz is given the most startling visions yet of the end of the world-and Abe discovers his role in it when he finds the link between himself and the frog monsters.
A rogue mission to the center of the earth leaves the B.P.R.D. with a lot to answer for -- and uncertain fates for their most terrifying enemies.
|B.P.R.D. Publication Order|
|King of Fear|| Followed by|
Hell on Earth:
|Scorched Earth Trilogy|
The Black Goddess
|King of Fear|| Followed by|