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4.0 out of 5 stars great hellboy adventure!
If you're a fan of the HellBoy comics, then this is a must read. Fans of action novels with a supernatural twist will love this too!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A sad disappointment
Hellboy is a great comic character, and if you've not read the graphic novels, go and do it now!
This is the first of the Hellboy novellas I read, and it really could have been so much more. An excellent central character, rich source material, a dynamic narrative tradition, all excellent raw materials for the writer of fiction to get to grips with, but sadly the...
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4.0 out of 5 stars great hellboy adventure!, 16 May 2014
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If you're a fan of the HellBoy comics, then this is a must read. Fans of action novels with a supernatural twist will love this too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read, 10 Jan. 2013
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A brilliant story for Hellboy fans, the take on Norse mythology is excellent true to the Hellboy style.
If you are interested in a fun read with some of your favourite characters, with the epic monsters and God's from Norse mythology look no further.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A sad disappointment, 18 Jun. 2003
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This review is from: Hellboy: The Lost Army. A Novel (Paperback)
Hellboy is a great comic character, and if you've not read the graphic novels, go and do it now!
This is the first of the Hellboy novellas I read, and it really could have been so much more. An excellent central character, rich source material, a dynamic narrative tradition, all excellent raw materials for the writer of fiction to get to grips with, but sadly the opportunity has been squandered here. If I were Mignola, I'd be very cross with this effort.
My reservations about the Hellboy love-tryst aside, I think much more could have been done with Lost Army. Hellboy himself seems much more ineffectual than he does in the comics. We spend a lot of time with the eminently more vulnerable human associates of Big Red, but none of them really stand out as particularly loveable.
But oh, the errors are there aplenty! What are MI5 doing in the middle of the Sahara when their remit is purely UK domestic counter-intelligence? Why does a member of the Church of England cross himself? And why, if Reagan is mentioned several times as being the White House incumbent in 1986 (the book's setting), is the British prime minister referred to as 'he'?
It all goes towards undermining the overall impact of the book. I really wanted to like this one, I really did. If you're a Hellboy afficionado, and need more details on the HB universe, then get it for the sake of completeness (and the bonus Mignola illustrations).
If you're looking for a good read, go get Mignola's Seeds of Destruction instead.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new Hellboy adventure, 8 July 1997
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This review is from: Hellboy The Lost Army (Paperback)
Until now, Hellboy has been a visual experience. Mike Mignola's artwork has been, and still is, 90% of what defines Hellboy. Understandably then, I was sceptical of the written Hellboy. Luckily, my scepticism was unwarrented. This is a fine book. The characterzation is right on the mark, the supporting cast is great, and the locale and mythology are intriguing. And Mignola's occasional illustrations are just enough to remind us that Hellboy will always be a graphic character. I could've done without the water serpent and the giant spiders, but regradless, bring on more of the same!
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