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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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About the Author

Mike Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy. He was also a visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on both Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army films. He also coauthored (with Christopher Golden) two novels, Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Mignola lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.

Allie writes and edits comics and stories for Dark Horse Comics and other publishers. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Melinda and their phantom cat, Shadow.

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro is the director of the films Cronos, Mimic, The Devil's Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy I, Hellboy II, and Pan's Labyrinth, which garnered enormous critical praise worldwide and won three Academy Awards.

Nacido y criado en Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo del Toro ha dirigido muchas peliculas exitosas, incluso El laberinto del Fauno. Va a dirigir dos peliculas basadas en El Hobbit, que seran producidas por Peter Jackson.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; 2nd edition (February 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593070926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593070922
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I have read Hellboy volumes 1-12, as well as Hellboy In Hell, and some other non canon comics, but conqueror worm is by far and away my all time favorite Hellboy comic. It is a fantastic read. It has most of my favorite B.P.R.D. members in it as well.
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"Hellboy" is a clever and unique creation that's often hard to describe to someone who's never heard of it. The closest I've been able to come is this: it's like Raiders of the Lost Ark mixed with The X-Files. It's the light-and-dark inkwork of Frank Miller's Sin City, but with vivid use of color. It's got action and horror, gore and humor, and it's hard not to find something to like about it.

Even though this particular Hellboy story is fairly far along in the series, most of these graphic novel collections don't require that you know a lot of the background in order to enjoy them. Each reminds us that Hellboy is a magical being, was created/summoned by the Nazis during World War II (but fell into the hands of the Allies), and works for the fictional "Bureau for Paranormal Research & Defense" (B.P.R.D.), an organization that exists to track down odd happenings and put the monsters down. Each graphic novel also contains one or more complete story arcs, and that makes for a good read: you know you're not going to be left hanging or left in the dark.

When you look at Hellboy stories, this novel is probably the most pivotal. From the beginning, we have a paranormal-nazi tale that points to earlier adventures, we're told that Hellboy's love interest Liz is temporarily out of the picture, and we're introduced to another odd new character in Mignola's pantheon: "Lobster Johnson". Last, the opening scenes put a rather nasty spin on the B.P.R.D., the agency for which Hellboy works. The title is taken from Poe's "Ligiea", and it weaves dialog from the poem into the story well.

If you're a fan of the series, you won't be disappointed. If you're new to the world of Hellboy, you might enjoy some of the earlier stories, but you can easily start here if you wish.
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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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As usually, Hellboy keeps the bar high. This new volume moves forward the history to his conclusion (on this stage at least) with beautiful art, and a very good script.
Very good hardcover edition too
Mignola is one of the greatest comic book artist of this generation, his work is oriented to an adult audience, with a mature sense of humor, really loved it.
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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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