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5.0 out of 5 stars Wake the devil, 12 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Hellboy Volume 2: Wake the Devil - NEW EDITION!: Wake the Devil v. 2 (Hellboy (Dark Horse Paperback)) (Paperback)
Wake the devil is a fun, well made graphic novel that stands as the second volume in the series.

What struck me first when reading this was how much seems to happen in 144 pages and I was really satisfied with Mignola's ability to pack so much action in. Pretty much from the start Hellboy is pitted against a robotically enhanced Nazi, a flesh eating zombie-thing, a powerful godess and the legendary five-hundred year-old vampire Guirescu, aswell as other mythical creatures.
This volume, as are all others, is held together with a cool, dark, gothic theme which sets a perfect mood for our monster hunting anti-hero and is exquisitely well drawn -the art being one of the things I find most enjoyable about reading Hellboy.
Compared to Volume 1 (seed of desctruction) I found Wake the Devil an even more enjoyable read, mainly due to the fact that it seemed to get to the point more -leaving more room for action and excitement- and went even deeper into his origin as he was forced to face his destiny. I also found that Wake the Devil made me laugh a few more times than Seed of Destruction did and that Hellboy seemed his proper wise-cracking self.

In my opinion, this Volume's only flaw (which nearly made me rate it 4 stars) was the way it was written- yes the plotline was fun and original and the story was exciting, but it still felt like Mike Mignola had been building up to the end of the book, developing the storyline in many (too many) different ways, and then hadn't really thought through how it would finish, giving it a very abrupt and somewhat dissapointing ending. This is not apparent in Mignola's shorter stories, which many say are better, but I do prefer the depth of longer ones.

I'd also like to note that, while many will know that the edition of Volume 1 in this series was poor quality (before I was half way through reading it, it had almost completely fallen apart) this is not the case for Volume 2, which for some unknown reason has remained in an absolutely perfect condition.

Anyway, this is an excellent comic overall and a fun read, whether you like the stylish gothic art, the ancient mythology or seeing a big red guy punch monsters with his giant rock fist.
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