Hellboy, Volume 1: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil by Mike MignolaSo my dear friend, Sam Q, and I were talking late one night, and he said, Anne, dahling, you know I do sooo value your wisdom when it comes to graphic novels. I would absolutely adore it if you would give me your opinion on these Hellboy comics Ive heard so much about.
I blushed prettily, and told him that I hadnt read enough Hellboy to form an intelligent opinion, and assumed that would be that. But he pressed me further by saying, Oh, but I would ever so love it if you would read the first two volumes and tell me what you think! You know I have such a hard time making up my own mind on things, and since I trust your judgment implicitly it would help me decide whether or not I read anything else by this Mignola character.
And, honestly, with him begging like that, how could I refuse?
And in my head thats exactly how this conversation when down.
(view spoiler)[In reality in was more like...
Sam: The fuck havent you read any Hellboy?
Me: I dont know. I think I may have read some? Where would you suggest I start?
Sam: Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction & Hellboy, Vol. 2: Wake the Devil
But my version sounds so much cooler! (hide spoiler)]
Turns out Id already read both Seeds of Destruction & Wake the Devil separately, but its been such a long time that Id basically forgotten what happened.
Going strictly off of my old ratings (3 stars), I didnt think Id be very impressed with the story. Imagine my surprise when I realized I was thoroughly enjoying myself.
This Mignola guy spins a pretty interesting yarn!
Im honestly surprised that this isnt some sort of famous indie title or something. I mean, youd think people would have heard of this one by now, right?
But in all seriousness, these two volumes were a fantastic read. And reading the giant sized library edition was absolutely icing on the cake! If theres any way for you to get your hands on a copy like the one I had, do it! Bigger really is better when it comes to graphic novels
Ok. Have you seen the movie(s)?
If so, then youll already have a pretty good idea what this is about. I might even go as far to say that the movie gives you a more in depth, emotional story, which is hella-rare! But it goes to show how much love Guillermo del Toro had for this character, and what kind of an impact these comics must have had on him. Or perhaps he just pulled all of that out of his ass?
Maybe I should ask Sam? He
But I didnt think this was less than the movie, just a bit more...concise and dry. Normally, I might not like that, but somehow it worked for me here. It had an old-timey horror feel to it, with a generous splash of creepy Nazi occult conspiracy stuff. And, of course, you have a the whole free will, nature vs nurture, the real monsters are the humans vibe going for it.
But while the heroes may have been a bit more fleshed out in the movie, Rasputin most certainly had a better backstory in the graphic novel, including a connection to the Baba Yaga.
And, hello? Dracula?! <--I dont remember any fuckin vampires in the movie!
I guess what Im saying is this: Dont expect the movie. Youre not going to get Ron Perlman or Selma Blair. Youre getting the first two volumes of a character that (maybe) didnt quite have the mythos entirely in place yet but still had enough awesomeness in it to put Mignola on the map as the creator of a fan favorite character.
This one should definitely be on the radar for anyone who enjoys picture books with monsters it.
Hellboy Library Volume 1: Seed Of Destruction And Wake The Devil
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On sale now is the fourth library edition of Hellboy , the long-running and supremely acclaimed supernatural adventure series created by Mike Mignola. Published by Dark Horse Books, the library editions present Hellboy material that was previously released as serial comic books and later paperback reprints in incredibly handsome, oversized volumes with thick, heavy paper and clothed hardcovers. In addition to the hundreds of pages of story, each Hellboy Library Edition comes with copious notes, sketches and other supplemental material by Mignola, making the books even more valuable to dedicated Hellboy fans.
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Hellboy Library Edition Volume 1: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil HC
Hellboy Library Edition, Vol. I have to admit to feeling bad about never really reading that much of the Hellboy comic before. This edition is totally worth the money, which to be fair is a bit high.