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Spectacular; best so far
, January 25, 2010
This review is from: Hellboy Library Edition, Volume 3: Conqueror Worm and Strange Places (Hardcover)
To start with the actual printing is significantly nicer than the paperbacks. The size is a good deal bigger and the printing is stunning. The colors and ink are both very vibrant, and it is a delight to look at. Just opening the book it looks striking. The hardback is a nice touch, and thus far the binding has held up very well. The covers are cloth-covered and very nice to handle despite the somewhat massive size. My only real complaint is that the cover panel is essentially just glued on, and it feels like they could come off rather easily (it's very similar to the calvin and hobbes collection hardbacks).
As far as the story, I think Conqueror Worm is the tightest and one of the best stories I've seen Mignola produce. The pace is rapid and there is enough strangeness (and nazis) to stand up to the rest of the series. The second collection, Strange Places, has some really fun shorts as well as the first presentation of Mignola's cosmology. In particular I really liked his 'little mermaid' story. Through all of it the artwork stays very sharp.
Honestly though I've got to say that if you want to buy this, buy them all. It's well worth it for the size and printing alone, and they're more resilient than the TPBs (which I've had one or two of just disintigrate). Overall this is my favorite of the 3 library editions.
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