Hellboy fully deserves its reputation as an exceptionally rich, literary set of graphic novels. In my view, Hellboy ranks just below Neil Gaiman's The Sandman in its sweeping mythology and mysterious depths. And this large, plush library edition is an excellent (albeit expensive) way of getting into the series from the beginning. I also enjoyed some of the extra matter, particularly Alan Moore's preface to "Wake the Devil," which conveys his sense of Hellboy's place in the comic pantheon.
The one flaw is that, inexplicably, "The Chained Coffin" (a short story) is left until Volume 2, despite taking place between the two chapters in Volume 1. But this omission can be forgiven, as the story doesn't bear on the main plot. For those who insist on reading the comics in their proper order but don't have the second volume handy, "The Chained Coffin" can also be viewed (in faithful animated form) on the Dark Horse website.
Mike Mignola's Hellboy was one of the brightest spots in the glut of new comic characters in the mid-'90s. "Seed of Destruction" collects the first four issues in the Hellboy odyssey, in which we learn bits and pieces of his origin, watch him beat the snot out of tongue-lashing frog men, Nazis and even square off against the eternal Russian warlock, Rasputian. It's this mixture of B-movie plot lines, Lovecraftian horror, and sheer absurdity of a huge demonic everyman saving … more
In 1944, a team of specialized German Nazis gathered together with a powerful sorcerer on a strange mission to raise seven demons, while at the same time a group of rangers led by Sgt. George Whitman gather in an old church in East Bromwich, England with a team of paranormals, determined to discover what it is the Nazis are up to. The Sorcerer, wearing some odd apparatus on his arms, powered by an electrical generator, casts a spell from a rocky hilltop resembling Stonehenge. A bolt of lightening-type … more
Product Description Hellboy is one of the most celebrated comics series in recent years. The ultimate artists' artist and a great storyteller whose work is in turns haunting, hilarious, and spellbinding, Mike Mignola has won numerous awards in the comics industry and beyond. When strangeness threatens to engulf the world, a strange man will come to save it. Sent to investigate a mystery with supernatural overtones, Hellboy discovers the secrets of his own origins, and his link to the Nazi occultists who promised Hitler a final solution in the form of a demonic avatar.