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Hellboy Volume 7: The Troll Witch and Others

Hellboy Volume 7: The Troll Witch and Others [Kindle Edition]

Mike Mignola , P. Craig Russell , Richard Corben , Dave Stewart
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With a new Hellboy series on the stands, fans of the world's greatest paranormal detective can find older favorites collected for the first time in the seventh volume of the Hellboy Saga. Hellboy: The Troll Witch and Others collects short stories from The Dark Horse Book of the Dead, Witchcraft, Hauntings, and Monsters, the 2004 Hellboy: Wizard 1/2, as well as the critically acclaimed 2006 miniseries, Hellboy: Makoma by Mignola and comics legend Richard Corben, and a previously unpublished Hellboy story by P. Craig Russell and Mike Mignola, along with sketches and story notes. Contains new Hellboy story by Mike Mignola & P. Craig Russell!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 74032 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (2 Oct 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7H2CIO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,057 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Dark 23 Aug 2008
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This narrative is another entertaining chapter in the story of Hellboy's life. It tells some more strange tales of his journies and shows a very dark and bleak view of the character4s that Hellboy comes across. In the same league and of the same high quality as the previous Hellboy volumes. Mignola is a beacon of his generation and this chapter is a good omen of more to come
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 13 May 2013
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A superbly imaginative book - a real ripping yarn! The artwork is also fantastic, so the overall package is spot on as always
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4.0 out of 5 stars Depending on your Poison 14 Oct 2007
By TorridlyBoredShopper - Published on
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The 7th installation in the Hellboy graphic novel releases is something good to acquire, BUT acquiring it depends on what you want from your Hellboy.

First and foremost, the stories herein are mostly collected tales from fragmented places. The Troll Witch, The Hydra and the Lion, Doctor Carps Experiment, and The Ghoul are pieces from the "Dark Horse Book(s) of the..." (Witchcraft, Monsters, Hauntings, and The Dead respectively). These range from five to eight pages depending, and all of them have something to offer. The best piece in the book HAS to be The Troll Witch, and I personally liked Doctor Carp as well. The Ghoul is a Shakespeare adaptation and the Hydra and the Lion is, as Mignola admits in its forward, a bit odd. If you want these and don't want to pick up all of those books, then this is a good way to do it.

Second, there is some random stuff here and some new stuff BUT some of it isn't the best stuff out there.
The Penanggalan is an older story that came out of a Wizard magazine release, and covers a beast spawned from Malaysian folklore. It is a big odd but also a bit predictable, covering ground that Hellboy covered back in 2004. The Vampire of Prague is unique to this series but isn't really one of my favorites. P. Craig Russell did the artwork and, to be frank, it looks a bit rudimentary. When reading Hellboy I guess I've been spoiled and I want Mignola to cover every aspect. The story is small, good to read but normal, and Mignola could have sealed it for me and didn't. I guess that's something that is up to individual tastes.
And the last is Makoma, the longest addition to the book by far, covering some of Hellboy's younger years when he was in Africa. I liked the story and liked the quest artwork of Richard Corben, with everything clicking in that folklore sense that Hellboy often delivers. There's a mixture of Mignola there, too, and that made it worth a read.

And the extras - little etchings of characters and rudimentary cover art - don't really make me want to invest in Graphic Novels. I DO enjoy the forwards that come before each story, telling where the ale came from and how people became involved therein. Mignola is nothing if not a storyteller and this aspect adds to the read.

All that said, I enjoyed the series and thought people would enjoy it as well depending on what they want. If you missed the Dark Horse Book of series then there's a lot of tales here that are interesting and this format is a lot cheaper to acquire. The additions are good but are not necessary in pushing out a storyline and the book, on the whole, is just fragmented tales that cover some of Hellboy's adventures.
Keep that in mind before purchasing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Hellboy's best 1 Oct 2007
By CB - Published on
I always await the new Hellboy volume with anxious anticipation, and this one was no exception. "The Troll Witch and Others" is a collection of Hellboy short tales and is generally good, but with a few disappointments; it's not the best volume in the series, to be sure.

There are a number of triumphs in this volume: the title story, "The Troll Witch," a retelling of a Norwegian folktale, is a touching as it is chilling; and the steampunk-tinged haunted house tale, "Dr. Carp's Experiment," is beautifully bizarre. And "Makoma," an African folktale retold masterfully by Mignola and drawn by both Mignola and Richard Corben, is humorous and weighty at the same time.

Others, however, don't work so well. "The Hydra and the Lion," by Mignola's own admission, is just plain bizarre, and "The Vampire of Prague," a tale written by Mignola and drawn by P. Craig Russell lacks the gravitas of the other stories. Mignola notes that he gave Russell a lot of leeway in drawing and pacing this story, and it shows: it's far too slapstick and silly to be a real, classic Hellboy yarn and Russell's artistic stylings just don't fit. Overall, however, this is a good volume of Hellboy tales, although not the best by far. Worth it for Hellboy fans.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories 4 July 2009
By A. K. Borenstadt - Published on
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Five of these are drawn by Mignola and two are not. The stories are all Mignola, though.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great. Rate: ***1/2 16 Aug 2008
By R. Benardes - Published on
Mignola's Hellboy is one of the most
remarkable creations in recent memory.
Said that, The Troll Witch and Others
is not Hellboy at best and perhaps the
weakest graphic novel so far.
Don't get me wrong, there is
exceptionally fine material here (the
story title is one of the most beauti-
ful tales in the entire Hellboy canon
and the super fine Dr. Carp's Expe-
riment have all the elements that makes
Hellboy a modern classic) but there is
some disapointing material here too.
The Vampire of Prague (drawn by
P. Craig, Russel) is pointless and
forgettable, The Ghoul is a failed
experiment, but Makoma, drawn
by the legendary Richard Corben,
is an amusing and interesting reinter-
pretation of an african folktale.
The Troll Witch and Others is a good
graphic novel but perhaps not the best
place to start.
5.0 out of 5 stars All kinds of good stuff here 12 Mar 2010
By Joseph P. Menta, Jr. - Published on
"Hellboy, Volume 7: The Troll Witch and Others" features a variety of tales: some short, some long, some new, some previously published, some pretty straight-forward, some open to interpretation... but all fascinating and fun. A new wrinkle this time is the use of guest artists P. Craig Russell and Richard Corben, who each draw a story. Both deliver the quirks and weirdness you expect, and both are a good fit for Hellboy. And, of course, you get lots of Mike Mignola artwork, too, and the whole book was written by Mike. All this makes Volume 7 of this series a can't-lose proposition: you get plenty of what you happily expect and plenty of little surprises, all of the latter decent and many quite a bit more than that. Hellboy fans shouldn't hesitate.
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