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Hellboy Volume 2: Wake the Devil (2nd edition) Kindle & comiXology
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- Book 2 of 13 in Hellboy (Collections) (13 Book Series)
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Admittedly this is not the best of the Hellboy stories - Mike Mignola admits in an afterword that he lost control of the plot (the comic originally appeared monthly) - and if I were only marking the story I'd probably have wanted to give it 3.5 stars. Nonetheless, it is definitely worth reading with the trademark Hellboy mix of humour, action and horror, and the noir art as ever is wonderful (pushing it from 3.5 to a deserved 4).
A word of warning: although this is marked as vol.2 of the Hellboy series, there are stories in vol.3 'The Chained Coffin and Others' which precede 'Wake the Devil' chronologically.
Okay, perhaps that's hyperbolic – it's difficult not to rate Alan Moore's 'V for Vendetta' at the very top of the comic tree – but it's not much of an exaggeration.
Taking the superhero genre and giving it a sardonic new life in Hellboy, Mike Mignola created something quite different. The intermingling of history and folktales with modern fantasy gives the books a much darker feel than many other comics, while Mignola's artwork is just a delight to revel in: deceptively simple but incredibly evocative.
I've read others in this series, but the second volume really is top notch.
But that adventure is not the end of Hellboy's clashes with Rasputin. "Hellboy Volume 2: Wake the Devil" ups the ante, with plenty of horrific action and a more complex three-way storyline. And Hellboy himself gets to see a bit more of the nature he's determined to deny completely -- and a destiny he wants no part in. Poor guy.
The BPRD sends three squads out to to find an ancient vampire in Romania ("Paprika chicken, baby!"), and Hellboy finds himself working solo. But soon he runs afoul of a bunch of Nazis who serve Rasputin's spirit -- and a bunch of mythic creatures that lurk in the castle's depths, including the vampiric Giurescu and a bunch of savage giant birds, who serve a ghastly, immortal lamia in the depths of his castle.
Elsewhere, Abe is falling into a trap of Rasputin's (since he stabbed the guy to death), and Liz's powers run amuck when her team finds an alchemist's lab with a seemingly dead homunculus. And Hellboy's fight with the lamia has shocking repercussions, when he finds himself hurtling into a darkness where his true purpose is revealed -- and he must choose what his destiny will be.
Lamia, skeleton vampires, Baba Yaga and Nazi heads -- Mike Mignola knows how to craft a monster-filled universe, where a demonic anti-hero seems downright normal. And while the first two books about him are technically separate stories, "Wake the Devil" seems more like the second half of the story started in "Seed of Destruction." It's also graced with a more complex, gradually-unfolding plot that branches out in unexpected directions.
Mignola does leave some plot threads hanging (what happens with Liz and the homunculus?Read more ›
I personally think that the comic book is transcended and
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Second collection that I've purchased and have to say it is amazing. Looking forward to picking up the next book!Published on 24 Mar. 2013 by Tucker Rolfe
This graphic novel is an excellent follow up and a must for Hellboy fans. The kindle price was also excellent.Published on 21 Mar. 2013 by David Edwards
Mignola is God! Or should I say that he is the Devil who brought from hell the best super-hero of comic history! Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2003 by sv loth
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