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EMAIL ARTICLES. Speaking of which, the beginning of this series could have been the occasion to showcase a bit of character development in Hellboy, like how he became to be the red horned hero we all know, his early psychological tribulations on the job.
But there is not much of that. In the end, in this first mission, the dude performs already pretty fine.
Finally, I think that the art was not as good as it could have been. I have seen Alex Maleev's great work on Daredevil see Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis Omnibus, Vol.
Maybe his style is not suitable for this kind of story. Maybe he was not giving his best on this work. Or maybe, the appeal of his best pages depends a lot on his colouring style.
No offence for the colourist Stewart - who has a major role in the graphical appeal of Hellboy when drawn by Mignola Jun 13, Wombo Combo rated it did not like it.
This one feels like a waste of time. I've only read the main Hellboy series and haven't read any other BPRD stuff, so maybe this story is better within the context of the larger universe, but as a stand alone story, this sucks.
Basically, what happens is Hellboy and some BPRD people investigate a small town because they've received a report there's a monster, so it starts off as a pretty standard Hellboy story.
Then, the good guys stumble upon a giant Nazi Frankenstein army of people and fight s This one feels like a waste of time. Then, the good guys stumble upon a giant Nazi Frankenstein army of people and fight some Frankenstein monsters.
Once again, pretty standard Hellboy stuff. Really, the fact that it's so unremarkable is part of what makes this book suck.
At the end, nothing has changed. I'm completely okay with stories that are fun and don't shake up the status quo, but this one is just so forgettable when compared to all the other great Hellboy stuff.
I really love Alex Maleev's work on Daredevil, so he's one of the reasons why I read this. Unfortunately, his work on this is bad. The actual pictures are good and look nice; however, his storytelling is abysmal.
It is difficult to make sense of what's going on from one panel to the next. For instance, in one scene in issue 3, a character uses a torch to fight a monkey.
In previous panels, she is not shown with a torch, nor is anyone else. After the fight, the torch disappears completely.
I fail to see why he thought that it would be okay to just have a torch come from out of nowhere. I mean, artists spend several hours on a single page of work, so at some point, Maleev should have noticed this continuity error.
This book feels like it was created for the sole purpose of making money. After all, Hellboy and BPRD does have a very dedicated fanbase and Dark Horse will put after with Mignola's name on it.
I really like the main Hellboy series, so it is super disappointing to see this. This book is just so bland. This isn't worth your time.
Jul 18, Meghannf rated it really liked it. Think of short stories but with visual support. I was actually pleased with how the short stories unraveled through the volume.
Each of them are interesting and introduce new creatures. The visual storytelling is definitely on point.
As you learn and try to investigate along the supernatural expert team, you try to catch glimpses of clues thanks to the pencil work. It took care of strong body postures leading to a perfect companionship for the writing sequence.
Though, I liked how they manage to make their characters speak with subtlety. I hoped for more Kid Hellboy but nope. Sometimes at the end of some comics there are a few pages dedicated to sketches.
This is one of my favorite part, to see the process, how the designs evolved and how the choices made contributes to the persona of the characters.
In Hellboy, you find all these. It a delight to admire the work done by the creators. Verdict : A nice read! Jun 18, Col rated it really liked it Shelves: american-comics , mignola-adjacent , fantastical-fiction.
You don't really need to know any of the lore to get into it, and I actually think it might serve as an excellent introduction to the franchise. They concern Hellboy's first missions in the early s.
There's a good mixture of nazi superscience, folkloric monsters, and monster-movie mutations in the series as a whole.
The earlier time period also allows it focus on both new characters for the B. There's also a theme of racism throughout the series, as people are dismissive and obviously suspicious of the non-white B.
I'm not sure if there was supposed to be some bigger point this, or just to provide the flavour of being set nearly 70 years ago. Hellboy as brash, overconfident teenager is a nice contrast to his more gruff and reserved older self, but also maintaining continuity with how he becomes pissed off.
The art in this volume is more to the gritty end of the spectrum, but not going too far. Jul 31, Edouard Stenger rated it really liked it.
Two years ago I was fortunate enough to be able to read most of the Hellboy graphic novels from the Seattle Central Library. Now, I never see any volume.
Perhaps a conspiracy? Too much suffering. Now, let us get back to Hellboy and the BPRD. I LOVED it. Great graphics, g Two years ago I was fortunate enough to be able to read most of the Hellboy graphic novels from the Seattle Central Library.
Great graphics, good enough story, likeable characters I had a good time reading and re-reading it. This one is, to me, better than the I like Susan and the other supportive characters.
Nov 29, Cale rated it liked it. Hellboy is one of the most celebrated comics series in recent years. The ultimate artists' artist and a great storyteller whose work is in turns haunting, hilarious, and spellbinding.
Mike Mignola has won numerous awards in the comics industry and beyond. When strangeness threatens to engulf the world, a strange man will come to save it.
Sent to investigate a mystery with supernatural overtones, Hellboy discovers the secrets of his own origins, and his link to the Nazi occultists who promised Hitler a final solution in the form of a demonic avatar.
Hellboy is a brilliant example of how to elevate the comic of the future to a higher literary level while achieving a higher pitch of excitement.
More by Mike Mignola See more. DC Elseworlds: The Doom That Came To Gotham. Vol 2, An unholy union of a comic book icon and pure Lovecraftian horror is unleashed by writers MIKE MIGNOLA, acclaimed creator of Hellboy, RICHARD PACE Robert E.
I may be nervous that a very religious household could be upset by the content- the types of parents that take Pokemon cards away because it's the witchcraft.
My recommendation is that you check out a copy at the library, or find a cheap copy online and skim it and make your own decision. See all 6 questions about Hellboy, Vol.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Hellboy, Vol. Dec 28, Patrick rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-i-would-blurb.
I love this series. I have for years. That said, I haven't been a faithful follower of the books. I don't read comics in single issues. I read comics once they're collected in trade paperback, and even then, my purchases are erratic.
But earlier this year I went on a Hellboy binge. I bought everything that I didn't already own, and read it all in just a week or two. Both the main storyline, all the side arcs, and the BPRD series too.
About 30 books in all. How do I feel about it after glutting m I love this series. How do I feel about it after glutting myself?
I still love it. If anything I love it more than before because I have a much better appreciation for the entire story arc that's been taking place.
When I try to think how to describe Hellboy, I find myself a little stumped. I want to use phrases like, "Mythically robust" but that's a wankerish thing to say, and it really doesn't do the series justice.
If forced to summarize this quick and dirty, give it the elevator pitch, so to speak. That's where you pitch a story to someone in the space of time it takes for your elevator to reach their floor.
Leave in all the clever trans-mythic brilliance, but remove all the emo bits and replace them with punching and snappy one-liners.
Garnish lightly with Nazis. That's Hellboy. That's awful. This is why I don't review books. I'm terrible at this.
Even worse, it implies I don't love Sandman, which I do. Sandman is in my top three. And I'm well aware that it's not emo, it's tragedy.
Don't fill my inbox with hate. Let's move on. Simply said, if you haven't read this series. You really owe it to yourself to try at least the first three trades.
It's marvelous. View all 9 comments. Apr 17, Alejandro rated it liked it Shelves: paranormal , science-fiction , espionage , comic-book , military , horror.
Also including the two previous illustrated short stories published as promos for Hellboy, the main character. Creative Team: Creator, illustrator and story: Mike Mignola Script: John Byrne HECK, BOY!
Hellboy is one of the strongest comic book titles in the area of Indy Independent comics and some proof of that can be counted in the four movies two theatrical live-action, two direct-to-video animated which they have been positively praised.
And you know that Hellboy is something out of the ordinary when the famous Horror author, Robert Bloch, writes the introduction to the trade paperback.
The premise of the origins of Hellboy, the main character and the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense BPRD , the organization where he works, are indeed outstanding.
The Nazi High Command thought that the mission was a failure. And for like 50 years, Hellboy and the BPRD have engaged a never-ending battle against demons, monsters and forces of darkness, keeping safe humanity from all that kind of paranormal threats.
WHAT THE HECK? There is some odd elements and lack of characterization in this first story. I know, there are more stories in the series and further development, but nevertheless I still think that some odd elements and deeper characterization should be done here.
Cool, no problem with that, but if some dude like Hellboy a big gorilla-like red skinned demon walks in the open… why Abe Sapien uses a disguise to hide his out-of-the-ordinary apperance?
The heroes are astonishig: Hellboy, Elizabeth Sherman and Dr. Abraham Sapien. The three of them are agents of the BPRD.
The three of them with skills and powers beyond the mere mortals. I want to know how are their personalities, how is their interaction between each other, and while there is obviously interaction between the characters is the very basic one and strictly to the mission.
And not matter how cool looks to be agents of BPRD, at the very bottom, is a job, so I wanted to know through the story presented in the book what kind of people really are.
Jobs are what pay the bills. You get the mission and the basic interaction between them dealing with the mission.
But beyond that. Nothing else. I guess that I know the characters due their presentation in the movies, but are they like their movie counterparts?
Having interesting stories is good. But being able to get to know the characters, in the middle of what is going on, is what make good stories into great stories.
Hellboy is still in his prime. The revelation about the expedition and some WAY unexpected violence tied to it leads to the formal investigation about the weird elements linked to the doomed expedition which they will get to know soon enough that it was just the latest of many others before that one.
However, nor Hellboy or his partners are prepared that after 50 years of battling all kind of evil paranormal menaces, finally they are dealing with one directly connected to the reason of why Hellboy is in our dimension.
A patient mysterious villain that the narrative will tell you who is was waiting for the right time to accomplish his real goal, not what the Nazi High Command thought what he was doing for them, BUT what he really was doing for him But again, certainly I want to read other comic book TPBs and some prose novels of this series.
View all 12 comments. Oct 16, Sam Quixote rated it liked it. It's been a number of years since I first read Seed of Destruction, the first Hellboy book, and, having read all of them at this point, I decided to go back and re-read the first book because my memories of it were hazy.
Well, as I suspected, it's not a great first volume - but Hellboy is an incredible series, so don't be put off by this shaky start. The later books get better and better and better.
But this first one I had completely forgotten that Mike Mignola didn't write the first Hellboy It's been a number of years since I first read Seed of Destruction, the first Hellboy book, and, having read all of them at this point, I decided to go back and re-read the first book because my memories of it were hazy.
I had completely forgotten that Mike Mignola didn't write the first Hellboy book - John "Man of Steel" Byrne did. That one surprised me.
I'm sure Mignola had a hand in the story but the script is entirely credited to Byrne, which explains a lot.
Hellboy doesn't quite sound like Hellboy in this - he's less charismatic, less witty, and more sober than in later books. Here he talks more like a generic tough guy than the Hellboy we've come to know over the years.
Professor Bruttenholm pronounced "broom" is killed early on in the book and Hellboy barely bats an eyelid.
Not a single tear, just a cursory "he's dead" over the phone. To be fair, the relationship between Hellboy and his adoptive father, the Professor, would be elaborated on in later books so it's interesting to see that in this first volume Mignola had all but dismissed Bruttenholm as a character in the Hellboy universe.
Seed of Destruction is only barely related to the first Hellboy film. The beginning of the book and the film are the same in that it's set during WW2 on a remote island where the Nazis and Rasputin are trying to summon forces to turn the tide in the Nazis' favour and a baby Hellboy shows up.
But that's only the first few pages and the film and book separate from there on out. The haunting Cavendish house, the generations-old curse, and the frogs that take up the rest of the book, aren't in the film at all, so don't expect Seed of Destruction to be the first Hellboy film in comics form.
Mignola's art is the best thing about the book. I love Mignola's style, all solid colours and figures verging on the abstract plus Hellboy's character design is just genius some sketches at the back show how the character evolved from his inception in to his final design in , and is one of the things I miss about the later Hellboy books.
It's interesting that Mignola wasn't confident enough to both write and draw the book which is ironic as Mignola would become a much better writer than Byrne in later books.
Byrne's writing is far too descriptive so the panels are filled with text while Hellboy's inner monologue is too clunky and expositional - these aspects would later disappear once Mignola took over writing duties.
There are lots of horror elements, many of which are Lovecraftian, like the tentacle monster at the end and the frog monsters throughout, not to mention the doomed expedition in arctic climes, and the overall gothic feel of the book.
Plus it's great to see Mignola slowly putting together what will become a massive universe, gingerly introducing Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman while only hinting at what the BPRD is.
It's a shame this is the first volume as many new readers will read this and some will be turned off from reading more by Byrne's clunky writing and characterisation, and therefore miss out on one of the greatest comic book characters ever created, as Hellboy will become in later volumes.
Seed of Destruction may not be an ideal first book but readers who persevere with the series will be rewarded with some of the richest comics you could ever hope to read.
View all 6 comments. Aug 04, J. Keely rated it really liked it Shelves: horror , comics , reviewed. After the movies, I didn't expect much from the comic.
They were fun, but a bit cheesy. The film's director, Guillermo Del Toro tends to make films that are all flash and no substance, like Blade II and Pan's Labyrinth.
I assumed that the Hellboy movies were just executed better, but I now realize that the movies fell far short of the source material.
The comics are moody, charming, and uniquely stylized. The dramatic inking and chiaroscuro lighting combines with the simple, evocative lines to cr After the movies, I didn't expect much from the comic.
The dramatic inking and chiaroscuro lighting combines with the simple, evocative lines to create a fiercely dynamic visual experience.