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Subj: Re: Any Hellboy fans?
Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2015 at 08:59:42 am EST (Viewed 260 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Any Hellboy fans?
Posted: Thu Mar 05, 2015 at 04:29:13 pm EST (Viewed 5 times)

    So far I think I've read all of Hellboy's first series (1-57) plus Hellboy in Hell (1-6) plus most of his solo specials. And the first Abe Sapien series.

Cool, you've read a lot of it. Isn't it funny how different the comics are from the movies? The movies was actually part of the reason I took so long to get into the comics. I mean I liked them okay, but they were nothing special, and I was really surprised how much better the comics are. I like how the Hellboy of the comics is not this immature man-child with a bunch of cats who is obsessed with and in love with Liz Sherman(seriously where did they get all that?). He's a cool and experienced paranormal investigator in the comics and he doesn't have to hide who he is since most of the people around the world already know about him(and even when they don't they are not that phased by him). I was also surprised at how little Abe and Liz show up in the actual Hellboy comics(although I know they feature in BPRD).

Anyway, I too really enjoy all the references to history, mythology, and folklore in the comics(that was another thing the movies didn't capture very well IMO). I also really love the mood and atmosphere the Hellboy comics manage to create, especially when Mignola is on art as well. There is a great mix in the stories where they are really dark and horror themed, but then you have Hellboy going through taking it all in stride. In fact that is another thing I love about the Hellboy comics, Hellboy's resigned, seen it all attitude towards even the greatest threats, and all his sarcastic comments and "crap" comments during fights.

Anyway, I guess now you join us for the long waits between Hellboy in Hell issues. At least you have Hellboy and the BPRD: 1952 that you can pick up(unless you already have read them), although I would recommend reading collected editions of BPRD: 1946, BPRD: 1947, and BPRD: 1948 first(and they are all really good reads). Also, here are a few uncollected and original graphic novel Hellboy stories written by Mignola you might not have heard of(a lot of them Hellboy in Mexico stories)-

Hellboy: The Midnight Circus(a very enjoyable original GN, that also would have been good to read before Hellboy in Hell).

Hellboy: House of the Living Dead(another really enjoyable original GN)

Hellboy versus the Aztec Mummy(one of the stories in Dark Horse Presents #7)

Hellboy Gets Married(a short two-part story published in Dark Horse Presents #31-32)

Hellboy: The Coffin Man(in the Hellboy 20th Anniversary Sampler).

Hellboy: The Coffin Man 2: The Rematch(one of the stories in Dark Horse Presents #7/#200)

And all of the above can be gotten as digital comics from Darkhorse as far as I know, and that would especially save money on the Dark Horse Presents issues. Those are super expensive if you're just interested in one or two stories.

    I haven't gotten to the BPRD, Witchfinder, Lobster Johnson or Sledgehammer 44 stuff yet.

I haven't read most of this stuff aside from the BPRD: 1946-1948 I listed above. I'm primarily interested in the Hellboy(and Professor Trevor Bruttenholm)stuff, but I would like to read the rest of the BPRD series at some point. It's just a matter of getting up the money to buy them(and also not letting those funds go towards something else as too often happens).

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