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Hellboy Library Edition, Volume 2: The Chained Coffin, The Right Hand of Doom, and Others Hardcover – October 21, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593079893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593079895
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 9.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second oversize collection of Mignola’s infernal superhero consists entirely of the shorter stories that fill the gap in the unfolding big story started in the early Hellboys gathered in Hellboy, v.1 (2008) and resumed, a bit, in Strange Places (2006). It’s pure Mignola, written and drawn, and it verifies his and editor Scott Allie’s shared contention that horror is best suited to the short story, even when it is adulterated by Hellboy’s wisecracks and exclamations of minor frustration while pummeling and being pummeled by supersize supernatural monsters. Try “The Corpse” and “The Wolves of St. August” for starters, then devour the rest of these terribly tasty concoctions. --Ray Olson

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Mike Mignola is best known as the multiple award-winning creator, writer, and artist of "B.P.R.D." and "Hellboy", but has fostered several other projects like "The Amazing Screw-On Head" and "Baltimore" with Christopher Golden. Although he began working as a professional cartoonist in the early 1980s, drawing 'a little bit of everything for just about everybody' - including characters like Batman and Wolverine - he was also a production designer on the Disney film "Atlantis: The Lost Empire". Mignola also acted as a visual consultant to Guillermo del Toro on "Blade 2" and the film versions of Hellboy, which were broadly adapted by del Toro from the original comic series. Mike Mignola currently lives in southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.

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It has beautiful illustrations and a great story line.
Kayla McKinley
Firstly, let me tell you about the physical book since many will have already read these stories.
Matthew Simmons
The oversized book is handsome, tightly bound and beautifully printed on heavy-stock paper.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Hussain on October 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wow, Dark Horse continues the good work with HELLBOY. This second volume, as with the first book, shows us the way this work of art was meant to be enjoyed. The oversized book is handsome, tightly bound and beautifully printed on heavy-stock paper. Sure, the book is expensive but it really is worth every cent. Dark Horse shame larger companies such as Mravel and DC in the presentation, quality and pricing of their product.

Like other readers I was disappointed with the original HELLBOY softcover editions which would fall apart after a few readings due to poor bindings but these new versions are sturdy and will look amazing on your bookshelf. The mistakes of the past have been rectified and the new editions are so different that even old fans will marvel at the way the HELLBOY tales flow across the canvas. The vast pools of black paint now almost resemble liquid velvet. And the reds erupt like pulsating lava. The book throbs in your hands!

Mike Mignola's art has never looked this gorgeous. Absolutely lovely, rich and gothic. Get this baroque horror book now and while away the dark autumn evenings as we head towards All Hallows Eve.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
When Hellboy isn't saving the world from imminent destruction, he's doing a lot of little odd jobs across the world.

And by "odd jobs," I mean brief paranormal cases involving fairies, flying hunters, homunculi, "pamcakes" and disembodied heads. "Hellboy Volume 2: The Chained Coffin and The Right Hand of Doom" collects two volumes' worth of the demon anti-hero's assorted adventures, ranging from a fairy changeling to a devilish plot to conquer the world. All in a day's work.

Assorted short stories take Hellboy all over the world, and confronting many different problems -- a baby kidnapped by the faery folk, underground fiends, the malevolent witch Baba Yaga, a werewolf trapped by a centuries-old curse, the Saint Leonard worm (a dragon), a spectral huntsman followed by berserkers, a Japanese house full of bouncing heads, a seance gone horribly wrong, and the supervampire Varcolac.

And Hellboy heads to the ruined church where he was found -- only to dream of a dying witch, her holy children and a devil that sought the witch's "chained coffin." Turns out it has something to do with Hellboy's own origins. Not to mention an ancient, mysterious drawing provided by a priest of the "right hand of doom" -- which looks suspiciously like Hellboy's own hand.

And two bigger jobs loom over Hellboy -- after losing her fire powers to a strange homunculus, Liz Sherman is slowly dying. To save her, Hellboy sets out to find the homunculus, only to find that his crazed megalomaniac "elder brother" is planning to use Kate to bring a new, vast homuculus body to life.

And a demon (which looks suspiciously like a housefly) sealed into a box is stolen from a secret compartment, and is soon "serving" a human master.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Burnham VINE VOICE on June 19, 2009
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The Hellboy Library Edition has been my introduction to the series. The first volume consisted of two long stories, Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil. This volume consists of several stories, ranging widely in tone. The first, "Pancakes," is a very cute and whimsical two-pager. "The Corpse" is a short story in the most literary sense. All follow Hellboy closely, with the other characters playing minor roles, and contain tight, self-contained plots.

These bite-sized chunks of comic goodness are ultimately more satisfying than the epic Nazi-Rasputin-vampire conspiracies that filled the first volume. This is an outstanding set of fables, by any standard. Those who are unfamiliar with the graphic novel genre may find this to be a superb introduction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Wiles on April 23, 2013
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If you here, then you've probably already read the first library edition of Hellboy (or at least the first couple of trades). So you know Mignola's art is different and special and the stories therein are fun and engaging. I took off a star simple because Amazon, yet again, sent me a damaged book and I had to return it. I've since found better sites to buy graphic novels from, that are usually even cheaper than too-big-to-care-anymore Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Ann Meszaros on February 24, 2013
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This was a gift for a young man who had it on his Christmas list. He said he liked it but I have no idea how much he enjoys it now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natisha Nasworthy on December 18, 2012
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These books are excellent. My husband loves them so now I get him one every holiday possible :-) Highly Recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Folgore on August 20, 2012
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The stories are rich in myth and lore. I love how its intriguingly mysterious with a horror twist. All the things you'd expect from such an amazing writer with a hardcover for all of its glory to hold it in. I've bought every library edition after this. Totally worth the money.
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when i purchased this, i knew it was a hard cover and slightly larger. but when i finally saw it (this is my first library edition) it kinda blew my mind. it is large, for a graphic novel with plenty of room for the art on the page. a bit cumbersome to hold due to the size and weight, but totally awesome in all the ways a quality book should be.
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