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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; 1St Edition edition (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595824839
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595824837
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
So, it appears that I have been rather stupid. Although I am a huge fan of Hellboy, and own all the Library Editions, I have always avoided the side projects like B.P.R.D. and Hellboy: Weird Tales. My real beef with these series is that they aren't drawn by Mignola, and I have a pet peeve when writer/artists pass on the artist chores to someone else, especially on personal projects. If I am buying Sin City, I expect it to be written and drawn by Frank Miller. If I am buying Hellboy and related, I want them written and drawn by Mike Mignola.

However, recent Hellboy series like Hellboy Volume 9: The Wild Huntand Hellboy: The Crooked Man have gotten me accustomed to Mignola being drawn by someone else, and realize that the combination can still be a damn fine comic. I was intrigued enough by the few appearances of Sir Edward Grey in a few issues of Hellboy (as well as his name, a nod to William Hope Hodgson's Carnacki the Ghost Finder) hich I thought that was pretty cool) to give this series a try. And so I found out that avoiding Mignola's side projects was only my loss.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JR Gumby on April 22, 2010
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I've looked forward to this book for some time now, as I am very fond of the brief appearance Grey made in The Drowning and his even briefer appearances in Hellboy.

To start with, the book is essentially identical to other Dark Horse TPBs in size and print quality. The pages run on the slightly light side, the print quality is good, and the binding is glued. In the past I have experienced hallboy TPBs losing their covers without a great deal of abuse, but the print itself is very good.

The next thing I noticed when I opened the book was the art. It has echoes of Mignola's sharp lines and heavy shadows, but there are times when I feel like the illustrations are clean as a result of a lack of character than style. Overall, I would rate him slightly below the other artists that have done a lot of work on Hellboy (Davis, Jason Shawn Alexander, Mignola, and Fegredo) but the "slightly" in there is more of a complement: those guys are amazing. Where Fegredo tends to deviate more towards detail in his style, Stenbeck tends to leave things very clean. I think it works fairly well, and overall the illustration adds a lot to the book as any decent graphic novel should.

The story is where I really felt torn. Many of the hellboy stories are a rush through strangeness without a lot of explanation, but this story felt like the paranormal occult bits were blasted through and skimmed over even more than most. A lot of time is spent developing Grey as a character, and I did enjoy that. What I think really bothered me is you get the sense of some great impending conflict with a secret society with hints of how massive and powerful it is... only to have the story end without resolution and a page epilogue that wraps up 10 years of conflict into a single textbox or two.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on September 10, 2010
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I took a break from Mike Mignola's work in 2007 after burning out on a seemingly-endless stream of BPRD trades and am only now checking out what I missed over the years. My first stop was WITCHFINDER: IN THE SERVICE OF ANGELS, and it was a great way to get back into the swing of things. It's a more laid-back, intellectual adventure, featuring a hero in the style of Thomas Carnacki, Abraham van Helsing, or even Doctor Spektor. Written by Mignola and illustrated by Ben Stenbeck, the "Witchfinder" of the title is Sir Edward Grey, a 19th Century occult investigator knighted by Queen Victoria after saving her life from a coven of witches. In this story, members of an expedition to a lost city are dying under mysterious circumstances, and it's up to Sir Edward to determine why. His investigation leads to encounters with exactly what you`d expect in a Mignola comic: secret societies, spirit mediums, ancient artifacts, and a beast from the depths of the earth. Fleshing out the story are various references to "historical" events (well, in Mignola's universe, at least), as well as a possible allusion to Alan Moore's FROM HELL. Stenbeck's art follows Mignola's style in the use of heavy darks, but with much more detail and expression - it's perfect for the story. The main piece is followed by two shorter bits that help to fill in Sir Edward's history.

So, this book was a pleasant surprise for me, and a heck of a lot of fun. I'll be checking Mignola's other series for more on Edward Grey, and here's hoping I won't have to wait long for a new WITCHFINDER story.
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