Sunday, May 16, 2010

Hellboy graphic novels are better than HB movies

Over the past two days, FX has been rebroadcasting the original Hellboy movies, and it’s got me thinking about trying to read all of the Hellboy comics, er, graphic novels, which are now pretty much all available in trade paperback editions.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Hellboy, he’s a comic book character created by writer and artist Mike Mignola. Hellboy is referred to as the “World’s Greatest Paranormal Investigator” and often finds himself up against all sorts of bad guys, including modern day Nazis.
Hellboy first appeared in comics in 1993, and Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, which consisted of four issues from March 1994 to June 1994, was the first comic mini-series dedicated to the Hellboy character.
Most people are familiar with the character through the feature films that have been made about Hellboy. The first Hellboy movie premeired in 2004 and Hellboy II: The Golden Army came out in 2008.
Almost all of the Hellboy comics have now been published in trade paperback editions, and they are as follows:
- Hellboy: Seed of Destruction (Oct. 1994)
- Hellboy: Wake the Devil (May 1997)
- Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and Others (Aug. 1998)
- Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom (April 2000)
- Hellboy: Conqueror Worm (Feb. 2002)
- Hellboy: Strange Places (April 2006)
- Hellboy: The Troll Witch and Others (Nov. 2007)
- Hellboy: Darkness Calls (May 2008)
- Hellboy: Wild Hunt (March 2010)
- Hellboy: The Crooked Man and Others (June 2010)
I've read a handful of these, and they're a pretty fun read. I would have eaten this stuff up as a kid, and I'm left looking forward to Mignola's upcoming projects.

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