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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; 2nd edition (February 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593070926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593070922
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the 2002 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series, this story promotes Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film by reminding readers how fine Mignola is as a visual creator and how skilled he is at setting up outrageously melodramatic scenes to illustrate. Hellboy was a baby demon retrieved by psychic investigators who couldn't bring themselves to destroy the little imp. They brought him up to be a not-especially-secret agent of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. In this story, the massive, red-skinned hero is sent to investigate the ruins of a castle where Nazis conducted occult/scientific experiments, accompanied by his colleague Roger the Homunculus and supposedly aided by a blonde Austrian agent who isn't what she seems. They soon encounter undead Nazis, space aliens and the early 20th-century costumed crime fighter Lobster Johnson. Meanwhile, a space capsule launched from the castle in 1939 is about to land, containing an evil spirit from the stars. From here, the plot sails into even weirder territory. Readers who let themselves be carried along, however, can enjoy beautifully designed pages full of dark shadows and images of skulls and gargoyles. Hellboy might look silly on a midtown street corner at high noon, but it's hard to laugh at him as he fights monsters in dark gothic crypts draped with tattered swastika banners. Mignola counts on the power of the art to push his readers through thickets of absurdity until they come out the other side, into a state of delirious wonder. Sometimes he succeeds.
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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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Any one of these can be picked up and read on their own.
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Duncan Fegredo's art is fantastic; He appropriates the style of Mignola while adding a story-telling quality that blew me away.
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Great art, exciting story, interesting characters and nice scenery (buildings and places).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Skylaser on January 4, 2013
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This is an important volume in the Hellboy story--big things happen. Fegredo's art is perfect for Mignola's world, and Mignola's clearly been cooking some of this stuff for a while. Editor Scott Allie's preface is weirdly and unnecessarily ungracious to a previous attempt at getting somebody to do the art, and Jane Yolen's introduction is sort of self-aggrandizing, but if you come for the Mignola or the Hellboy, you won't be disappointed. Even the last thirty pages or so of sketchbook art, which often feels like padding, is worthwhile.
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Very good in both art and script. A must for anyone who is looking to read the later Hellboy books. Somewhat hard to keep track of, but that just means you get to read it over :-)
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The book itself is fantastic, but formatting for kindle app is off, resulting in dialogue bunching up on a majority of pages
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By Graphic Reader on January 20, 2014
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Great stories and great art; Duncan Fegredo is my favorite Hellboy interpreter after the master, himself. Love the Library format. There are some nice character sketches thrown in for good measure.
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These Hellboy books just keep getting better and better. Again this one has it all: Nazi Apes, witchcraft, giant monsters, diabolical plans to end the World and...Lobster Johnson! Now I need to read that series too. Anyways, more of the stuff I love from Mignola and crew. On to volume #5!
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By Catie Simon on October 26, 2012
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I originally purchased the first four editions of the Hellboy Library for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day this year. Then in July, Amazon let me know there was another one being released. I was so excited. It made shopping for his birthday in October much easier, lol. He's only had it a week and I'm pretty sure he finished it.

I'm glad they're all in nice hardback volumes for him to enjoy and thanks Amazon for letting me know the next one was released!
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By Surferofromantica on August 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
One long story throughout. Hellboy and Roger the homunculus investigate strange Nazi goings-ons in Austria, only to find out that there's a new Nazi conspiracy trying to re-connect with a horror set in motion in 1939 that aims to give Lovecraftian ectoplasmic elder gods earthly form so that they can bring about the end of the world (sure, why not?). There's a Rubezahl and the first appearance of the totally bitchin' Lobster Johnston (an early Captain America, to be sure), and some really spooky 61-year-dead talking skeletons. Another Kriegsaffe (number 10), captive executioner aliens executed, haunted scientist Herman Von Klempt's head floating in a jar with robot arms and electric zappers, an army of human experiments emerging from the jar after 61 years, talking bats and rats and snakes, new frog creatures, and another encounter with a shadowy Rasputin-like figure (actually, it is Rasputin), before the final confrontation with the evil ectoplasm. Great meeting between Rasputin, Hecate and Baba Yaga.
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As a lifelong comic fan (yes, I said comic) I would pick up books for art first and story after. It's how I got into Love And Rockets, how I discovered Frank Quitely and other great artists. Mignola on the the other hand i buy for writing first and foremost. Now I love his art and I feel honored to read a story that he has written and penned but his writing is unlike anyone else (David Mamet is the closest I think.) In The Conqueror Worm he shows why he is a master of the genre. I won't go into a storyline here but there are plot points that raise philosophical and scientific questions. He believe he does serious research to create these flights of fancy. And in Conqueror Worm he raises a doozy of an idea!
Giant "lifeforms" living in deep space that look like jellyfish and swallow worlds. Creatures that seek nothingness and despise the light of life. The battle between a world that lives albeit with different life than humans (a new era of man) vs. darkness and emptiness forever. Mike put his foot all in this one. An excellent book. In fact collect them all, I have!
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