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Book Title: Hellboy Library Edition, Volume 1: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 24.41 MB
v The author of the book: Mike Mignola
Edition: Dark Horse Books
Date of issue: May 20th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781593079109
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Read full description of the books Hellboy Library Edition, Volume 1: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil:So my dear friend, Sam Q, and I were talking late one night, and he said, "Anne, dahling, you know I do sooo value your wisdom when it comes to graphic novels. I would absolutely adore it if you would give me your opinion on these Hellboy comics I've heard so much about."
I blushed prettily, and told him that I hadn't read enough Hellboy to form an intelligent opinion, and assumed that would be that. But he pressed me further by saying, "Oh, but I would ever so love it if you would read the first two volumes and tell me what you think! You know I have such a hard time making up my own mind on things, and since I trust your judgment implicitly it would help me decide whether or not I read anything else by this Mignola character."
And, honestly, with him begging like that, how could I refuse?
And in my head that's exactly how this conversation when down.
(view spoiler)[In reality in was more like...
Sam: The fuck haven't you read any Hellboy?
Me: I don't know. I think I may have read some? Where would you suggest I start?
Sam: Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction & Hellboy, Vol. 2: Wake the Devil
But my version sounds so much cooler! (hide spoiler)]
Turns out I'd already read both Seeds of Destruction & Wake the Devil separately, but it's been such a long time that I'd basically forgotten what happened.
Going strictly off of my old ratings (3 stars), I didn't think I'd be very impressed with the story. Imagine my surprise when I realized I was thoroughly enjoying myself.
This Mignola guy spins a pretty interesting yarn!
I'm honestly surprised that this isn't a some sort of famous indie title or something. I mean, you'd think people would have heard of this one by now, right?
But in all seriousness, these two volumes were a fantastic read. And reading the giant sized library edition was absolutely icing on the cake! If there's any way for you to get your hands on a copy like the one I had, do it! Bigger really is better when it comes to graphic novels and penises.
Ok. Have you seen the movie(s)?
If so, then you'll already have a pretty good idea what this is about. I might even go as far to say that the movie gives you a more in depth, emotional story, which is hella-rare! But it goes to show how much love Guillermo del Toro had for this character, and what kind of an impact these comics must have had on him. Or perhaps he just pulled all of that out of his ass?
Maybe I should ask Sam? He thinks he knows every fuckin' thing.
But I didn't think this was less than the movie, just a bit more...concise and dry. Normally, I might not like that, but somehow it worked for me here. It had an old-timey horror feel to it, with a generous splash of creepy Nazi occult conspiracy stuff. And, of course, you have a the whole free will, nature vs nurture, the real monsters are the humans vibe going for it.
But while the heroes may have been a bit more fleshed out in the movie, Rasputin most certainly had a better backstory in the graphic novel, including a connection to the Baba Yaga.
And, hello? Dracula?! <--I don't remember any fuckin' vampires in the movie!
I guess what I'm saying is this: Don't expect the movie. You're not going to get Ron Perlman or Selma Blair. You're getting the first two volumes of a character that (maybe) didn't quite have the mythos entirely in place yet, but still had enough awesomeness in it to put Mignola on the map as the creator of a fan favorite character.
This one should definitely be on the radar for anyone who enjoys picture books with monsters it.
Read information about the authorMike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn't remember why) and reading Dracula at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.
In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began working for Marvel Comics, first as a (very terrible) inker and then as an artist on comics like Rocket Raccoon, Alpha Flight and The Hulk. By the late 80s he had begun to develop his signature style (thin lines, clunky shapes and lots of black) and moved onto higher profile commercial projects like Cosmic Odyssey (1988) and Gotham by Gaslight (1989) for DC Comics, and the not-so-commercial Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser (1990) for Marvel. In 1992, he drew the comic book adaptation of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula for Topps Comics.
In 1993, Mike moved to Dark Horse comics and created Hellboy, a half-demon occult detective who may or may not be the Beast of the Apocalypse. While the first story line (Seed of Destruction, 1994) was co-written by John Byrne, Mike has continued writing the series himself. There are, at this moment, 13 Hellboy graphic novel collections (with more on the way), several spin-off titles (B.P.R.D., Lobster Johnson, Abe Sapien and Witchfinder), three anthologies of prose stories, several novels, two animated films and two live-action films staring Ron Perlman. Hellboy has earned numerous comic industry awards and is published in a great many countries.
Mike also created the award-winning comic book The Amazing Screw-on Head and has co-written two novels (Baltimore, or, the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and Joe Golem and the Drowning City) with best-selling author Christopher Golden.
Mike worked (very briefly) with Francis Ford Coppola on his film Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), was a production designer on the Disney film Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) and was visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). He lives somewhere in Southern California with his wife, daughter, a lot of books and a cat.
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