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Mignola's first collection in his popular Hellboy series (since the 2004 film based on it) features two odd, bleak fables. The first and more successful is "The Third Wish," in which the demonic hero has an enchanted nail driven into his skull and encounters an enormous talking fish who grants her own granddaughters' wishes with fatal consequences. In the process, Hellboy learns that he may be fated to bring about the end of the world. The ending is unremittingly dark, with all the surviving characters trapped by prophecies that have the crushing power of myth. Mignola admits in his notes that he struggled with "The Island," which has to do with "the entire secret history of the world," a dragon, some centuries-dead Crusaders and a bunch of Lovecraftian monsters, and ultimately it doesn't make a lot of sense. Fortunately, Mignola's moody, jagged, chiaroscuro-crazed artwork makes everything look lushly sinister and engaging, even when the story threatens to collapse into action scenes. Hellboy himself is a terrific contrast to his grim surroundings: a hard-boiled demon who shrugs off death itself with a "yeah, yeah" and is convinced, against all the evidence, that he's one of the good guys. (Apr.)
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In the first collection since his hit (or not, depending who you ask) movie, good-guy demon Hellboy tussles with a fish-witch (not at all like Mickey D's) and a revenant sorcerer in two chronologically successive long stories that Mignola says inaugurate a string of Hellboy jaunts to strange places. The fun begins with the Bog Roosh (i.e., the fish-witch) promising three mermaids that she'll grant the greatest wish of each if they'll pound a nail into Hellboy's noggin. Meanwhile, Hellboy keeps an appointment with a 200-years-dead African witch doctor, who gives him a bell and sees him off into the ocean to encounter the Bog Roosh. After lotsa underwater spookery, H-b washes up on an island to face the revenant, who claims to know the prehistory of God, which entails a crew of malevolent great spirits. Mignola's potent mixture of dynamic though gloomy narrow-palette artwork and dialogue in which wisecracking Hellboy deflates the supernatural villains' windy portentousness makes both stories simultaneously scary and funny. Good to the last panel for horror fans. Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; 1st edition (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593074751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593074753
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. Vankirk on April 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
Mike Mignola is taking a breaking from drawing Hellboy, and as the last pure Mignola Hellboy book we're going to be seeing for a while, this is a real treat. Collecting the two issue mini-series "The Third Wish" and the two part "The Island" along with a new epilogue for "The Island" and bonus material, this is the thickest Hellboy yet. "The Third Wish", which takes place directly after the last Hellboy story, Conqueror Worm, takes place almost entirely underwater and is a great read. It gives perspective on how other supernatural beings view Hellboy and his place in the world. However, "The Island" is where this book really picks up. After spending a good chunk of time underwater, Hellboy washes up on a mysterious island and is soon caught up in the long dead struggle between a priest, a heretic, and something much, much worse. The Island also gives insight to Hellboy's right hand, and even the creation of the Ogdru Jahad. With this addition of an epilogue and additional sketches, this book is a great buy for any Hellboy fan, and I recommend it fully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Surferofromantica on October 29, 2011
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Hellboy goes to Africa to meet a strange wandering sorcerer who sends him to battle sea hag Bog Roosh and her three misguided grand-daughter mermaids. They capture Hellboy and two are foolishly destroyed by their monster of a grandmother, who needs to wipe Hellboy off the earth to prevent the apocalypse, blah blah blah (everybody is so worried about the right hand of doom). Wonderful horror, flooded tombs, fate and destiny, the evil bones of a drowned werewolf bent on revenge against Hellboy, whales, bells, the eye of Baba Yaga, eldritch forest spirits doomed by Hellboy's capture, besotted hog-man Gruagach (who only dreams of revenge against Hellboy) at council, not to mention the souls of dead sailors in their jars. Caribbean pirate ghosts and Hecate reveling and debating with Hellboy, a dead heretic revived recounting the ancient creation of the race of humans, demons and elder gods, including the formation of the right hand of doom itself, preserved for a time by the Hyperboreans (crazy, all-over-the-place story, this), and the spectre's ultimate reduction from a demon to a ghoul re-executed by a long-dead Inquisitor (shades of witch hunter Henry Hood here). Wow! Mignola includes illustrations from a pirate ship graveyard story that he was never able to finish, showing Hellboy battling the moss monsters. Righteous! No word balloons, but lots of reading between the inked and early pencil sketch lines (possibly one of the coolest things I've seen in the Hellboy books so far).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel V. Reilly VINE VOICE on October 11, 2008
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The sixth collection of Mike Mignola's incredible HELLBOY series, STRANGE PLACES collects two separate two-issue mini-series, THE THIRD WISH and THE ISLAND, along with a brand-new epilogue, the never-before-seen pages from an aborted version of THE ISLAND, and a sketchbook section, along with Mignola's notes about the creation of the issues.

After quitting the B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense), Hellboy gets kidnapped by a trio of mermaids and taken "Unda de sea!", to meet his fate at the hands of The Bog Roosh, a very fishy, VERY angry Mer-thing. Creepy sea-life abounds, insults and fists are hurled, and much ado is made of Hellboy's destiny as "Anung Un-Rama", the harbinger of the apocalypse.
Many fishy butts are kicked, let me tell you!

After a whopping TWO YEARS sleeping with the fishes, Hellboy washes ashore, drinks with skeletons, meets some old fiends, and learns all he never wanted to know about the secret history of life, the universe, good, evil, and giant Lovecraftian Gods.
Secrets are revealed.
Futures foretold.
Battles foreshadowed.
And, as always, Mignola manages not only to entertain, but also to creep the hell outta me.
Leave the nightlight on.....
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jonathan briggs on May 7, 2012
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Hellboy, estranged from his colleagues and keepers in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, sets out a-wandering in Africa. Over see-gars and a campfire, witch doctor Mohlomi predicts, "All your roads lead to strange places." Mohlomi knows his stuff coz a giant wave sweeps Hellboy out to sea where he sinks into the middle of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale involving three mermaids, a nail in the head and the Bog Roosh, a giant talking fish lady with mammoth saggy, nippleless boobs. "The Third Wish," the first half of this volume, seems kind of a minor Hellboy adventure tho in Mike Mignola's grand scheme, the minor adventures can take on major significance further down the line. In "The Island," the second half of "Strange Places," Hellboy is enjoying a beer with a trio of ghostly sailors when ... well ... I don't really know. I'm afraid I got lost in an issue-long info dump about dragons and Aztecs and Crusaders and a whole bunch of other stuff. I think it has something to do with the frog monsters that have been plaguing the B.P.R.D. in its own book. The Hellboy TPBs include "liner notes" in which Mignola tells of the troubles he had writing "The Island." The finished product reads like he never quite got on top of the material. "The Island" gave me the same sinking feeling I used to get from later episodes of "The X Files": that of a story slipping further and further away from any kind of satisfying resolution. Even Mignola's normally brilliant art looks muddled and hurried this time round. At the end, Hellboy sighs, "Well, THAT was something." Indeed.
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