黑水之域

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黑水之域

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编剧 Brian Augustyn
主笔画师 Guy Davis
上色 Dave Stewart
填字 Michelle Madsen
编辑 Scott Allie
首次发行在 B.P.R.D.: Dark Waters
系列编号 B.P.R.D. #5
出版日期 July 2003
— 合订本发行 —
平装本 B.P.R.D. – Volume 2: The Soul of Venice & Other Stories
精装本 B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs – Volume 1

Abe Sapien and Roger travel to Massachusetts to look into the discovery of the bodies of three dead girls from the 1700s.

Publication History[编辑 | 编辑源代码]

Following Hollow Earth it was unclear what direction the B.P.R.D. comics would take. Four one-shot stories were published every other month from May to November 2003; The Soul of Venice, Dark Waters, Night Train and There's Something Under My Bed. At the same time during the 'off' months Dark Horse published the out of continuity anthology Hellboy: Weird Tales.

黑水之域2003年7月发行,在2004年8月被收录在 合订本: B.P.R.D.: The Soul of Venice & Other Stories

黑水之域 是盖·戴维斯参与Hellboy 相关系列漫画的处女作,随后 盖·戴维斯 成为B.P.R.D. 系列的主力画师。

Synopsis[编辑 | 编辑源代码]

The Town of Shiloh, Massachusetts drains a pond in the center of town. At the bottom the townspeople find the bodies of three girls chained together. When the bodies turn out to be 300 years old, yet perfectly preserved, the B.P.R.D. is called in.

Abe Sapien and Roger arrive to investigate. Along with the girls, the town also found artifacts associated with witch trials. Local history tells the story of three sisters - Priscilla, Prudence, and Pollyanna Trask - accused of witchcraft and killed during their 'trial' back in 1693 - which consisted of chaining them together and throwing them into the pond, to see if they would float as true witches do.

Pastor Blackwood, a descendant of Uriah Blackwood, the priest who tried the witches, concerned for the soul of the town, visits the bodies. He attempts to exorcise the girls, but the room fills with black sludge. When the mud leaves the room, Blackwood tries to steal the bodies. When he is caught he somehow uses the mud as a weapon, making it attack anyone who stands in his way. While Abe and Roger fight off mud men, Blackwell goes to the ocean to "drown" the girls again.

Abe reasons that the girls' anger at their unjust deaths, combined with the townspeople's lingering guilt over their crime, has congealed together into an evil force, that Blackwood can now manipulate, in the mistaken belief that he is doing God's work. The quickest way to resolve this is to give the girls a proper, sanctified burial at sea.

Abe and Roger distract Blackwell so Shiloh's more liberal Reverend Lucas Shaw can recite the prayer and beseech God to welcome the Trask sisters into His embrace. This breaks the cycle and the girls sink into the sea, forgiven. Blackwell swims out to reclaim the bodies, but the ghosts of the three murdered girls drag him underwater.

With the danger passed, Shiloh decides to reinvigorate its tourist trade by embracing its colorful history, including the witch trials. No one laments the loss of Pastor Blackwood, who in the last panel is shown bound to the bottom of the lake by the same chains used on the suspected witches - punished for the misdeeds of his ancestor, whose hate and intolerance he shared.

B.P.R.D. Publication Order
Preceded by
The Soul of Venice
黑水之域
Followed by
Night Train
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B.P.R.D. Trade Paperback Order
B.P.R.D. – Volume 2: The Soul of Venice & Other Stories
Preceded by
The Soul of Venice
黑水之域
Followed by
Night Train