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Hellboy Library Edition, Volume 1: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil Hardcover – May 20, 2008
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This handsome collection of the first two Hellboy arcs is comparable in splendor to DC’s slipcased Absolute gatherings of Sandman and The Dark Knight. Arc one, Seed of Destruction (1994), is Hellboy’s origin story (but see Hellboy Junior, 2004, for his prehistory), revealing how Nazis were behind it all, though they were being used by that old Russki bogeyman, Rasputin. The somewhat longer Wake the Devil (1997) shows Hellboy putting the kibosh on the worse-than-Nazis scheme Rasputin got rolling in Seed. Scott Allie introductorily opines that Hellboy isn’t the red demon we know and love ’til Wake, but Mignola’s Ben Shahn–meets–the Austrian Secession–meets–Mervyn Peake style is uniformly magnificent. --Ray Olson
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I love how big it is and how well the art looks, the quality is fantastic for the price its totally worth every penny, i really can't wait to read more of it and can't wait to put Vol.2 right next to it. (which is already being pre-orderd on amazon :-D) I sure hope they do something like this for B.P.R.D. As well as hope they come out with covers like this for other popular dark horse series!!
Only thing i would have liked would have been a higher page count.
The only thing missing from the original trade paperback collections are the pin-ups by other artists but, really, once you see how beautiful Mignola's work looks printed in this oversize format you hardly miss them. The colors (by Mark Chiarello on SEED and James Sinclair on WAKE) are vividly reproduced on bright, glossy paper (be careful to avoid fingerprinting, though).
Any fan of HELLBOY, Mike Mignola, or comics in general should look into adding this book to their library. I look foward to volume 2.
For one, this book is HUGE. I had no idea that it was that large. The pages are thick and over-sized, which is great for me. The art looks incredible when it's blown up to this size on the page. You can really see every detail that the artists put into the drawings.
The cover itself is worth noting. It has a very soft, velvety feel to it, but is also quite sturdy. I really love the appearance of it, and I'm sure any Hellboy fan would be glad to have this displayed on their collection.
I'd say this is a great book for people both new and old to the series. The blown up art is awesome enough to draw me in, and I'm extremely satisfied with how great this book is.
Recommended to ANYONE who loves comics or wants to give them a try.