Basically a typical weekend for the bureau.
Graphically this graphic novel which collects all five of its individual comics together is — typical of nearly everything associated with Mignola — visually arresting (Guy Davis does some wonderful wonderful work throughout the span of these five issues) and nearly as interesting to view as mere art in complete ignorance of the fact that there is a solid story tying all of the images together.
Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, the story itself was a nice mixture of adventure and horror. While many characters (both new and old) have their own moments, though, Abe Sapien is the one that seemed to pull the whole thing along for me. It was quite nice to have my return to Mignola's world be a story where Abe gets to be the central hero instead of the big red guy.
Truth be told I went into the reading of this wondering whether a Mignola story would be something I'd enjoy without seeing Hellboy. My answer after having read it (a few times, by now) is an loud and enthusiastic YES.
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth, Volume One - New World was thrilling, visually arresting and reminded me why I used to have my childhood bedroom's shelves lined with thousands of well thumbed-through comics. Without any hesitation I recommend this to anyone who loves comics in general, regardless of its affiliation with Mike Mignola.