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Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction Paperback – Bargain Price, December 9, 2003
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About the story: It's been over 35 years since Trevor Bruttenholm first found the creature that was later named "Hellboy", a big red creature over 7 feet high, strong as ten men, with a tail and an artificial stone arm. Nobody knows what he is or where he came from, including himself (a thing about which you get more and more hints as time goes by, not only in this particular volume). That was at the end of World War II on the scene of an occult experiment by a Nazi group trying to grab on to probably their last chances of enpowering the Reich. Now, the present, Trevor reaches out to Hellboy, who has since gone on to work for the "Bureau of Paranormal Investigation", because he desperately needs his aid. Weird extra-natural murders are taking place and it's up to Hellboy and his agency to find what kind of mystical powers are on a rampage and, even more important, who unleashed them.
What you have here is a title that especially people who like things like "X-Files" and "Planetary" will like a lot. It's about an agency that goes around the world to solve super-natural crimes and puzzles, but the members of the agency aren't that normal theirselves either. All this in a pretty gritty and dark atmosphere.Read more ›
Something that all other reviews seem to be leaving out, something that affected my purchase of this particular graphic novel for a while, is the fact that it isn't simply the Seeds of Destruction story. Included within it are also two other stories, earlier works of Mignola, that are oftentimes overlooked and are quite the pain to find in their original formats.
1) This is a story from San Diego Comic-Con Comics #2, a little tale involving squibs of storyline and drying up towns in the desert, not to mention Anubis.
2) There's another story from Comic's Buyer's Guide dealing with Herman Von Klempt, everyone's favorite Nazi "Nazi head in a bottle" and his Brutus, his super gorilla.
Also included is a little section entitled "Where did Hellboy come from?," a section delving into the early promotional art showing Hellboy off, plus some nice pictures by artists including Art Adams and Gary Gianni.
Tentacled things = Happiness!
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 power issues from the rod he holds in his hand, and strikes the church where the rangers are gathered along with their special forces. When the smoke and debris clear, a small being is hunched down on the floors, looking as though he were part demon and part little boy. It is Trevor Bruttenholm who names him: Hellboy.
Skipping many years into the future, Hellboy comes to visit Trevor, now an old man. Trevor, who had been like a father to Hellboy all these years, tells Hellboy of the failed "Cavendish Expedition" he has just recently returned from, way up in the Artic Mountains. He and the Cavendish "Boys" had found some ruins high up in the frozen cliffs, older than old, and inside beneath a mammoth carved pillar is a statue of a sitting man so perfect it seemed to be alive.
But Trevor has no further memory of what happened, though the Cavendish brothers did not return with him. During Trevor's narration of the expedition, Hellboy notices that Trevor's house is infested with frogs. When Hellboy mentions the frogs, Trevor freaks out and backs away from the frogs, out onto his balcony, from where he is suddenly and unceremoniously tossed back into the room at Hellboy's feet; quite dead. His body seems to be covered in odd marks that were not there mere seconds ago.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this collection with a giftcard at a local comic shop. While the story is FANTASTIC and the artwork SUPERB, the book itself is horrible. Read morePublished 21 days ago by MindPrints
Well I'm sold. Since buying this I bought 5 other volumes. I love this series, so smart and aware of itself. Lots of reimagined fables, I just love it.Published 4 months ago by E. Havelka
I read this. I liked the actual story but the actual kindle version isn't that good. I kept on seeing some white line below the page. So it's not the best scan. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stuart Hobbs
I had no idea what to expect going into this, and it absolutely blew my mind. I loved it, and I can say that as soon as my bank account allows it, I'll be buying up the whole... Read morePublished 6 months ago by SMM
Good read and I really enjoy the artwork very fun really spooky look to it nicely lovecraftian and good action with some pleasant mysteryPublished 6 months ago by brandon
I received my comic books and this one was damaged the most. Not only was it folded and creased but there is also a tear on the cover and the first few pages.Published 7 months ago by A. Demuth
I really enjoy this GN getting into Hellboys backstory, great message and fantastic artistic style.Published 7 months ago by Davis King