Hellboy: Emerald Hell (Hellboy) Paperback – 12 Feb 2008
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That said, there is nothing in the story for anyone to be disappointed about. Hellboy is on his own when he catches a ride down to Georgia and he stays that way for the first quarter of the book, before meeting up with a preacher with some pretty remarkable powers of his own and searching for three missing (and pregnant) girls in the depths of a very nasty swamp.
Hellboy's feeling of being a loner because he is so different are understated, but touching, while the swamp is the 'Emerald' Hell of the title (couldn't call it 'Green Hell, that's already been done) and the humid and dangerous atmosphere in the swamp, with the alligators roaring, is so well done you can almost feel yourself there, watching the action. Best of all, though, I liked the twist with redemption at the end.
All in all, top marks for a good, and very atmospheric, story.
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R. Thomas Riley
Author of "The Monster Within Idea"
In fact, for this story Hellboy could really have used Swamp Thing's help. These Southern swamp dwellers, and their diets of squirrel, snake, turtle eggs, and worse are getting to him. "You people are starting to freak me out a little," Hellboy admitted. "How about if if you save the creepy speeches for the next guy who coems down the road and just let me get on with it?"
He appears to have wandered into the middle of what could be a Manly Wade Wellman tale. I don't think this is necessarily an accident, either:
"Hellboy called, "Lament! John Lament! Get your hillbilly butt up, I need some help here!"
Yes, to oppose an evil undead preacher, Hellboy has the help.
"Where could an Appalachian-wandering mouth-harp-plucking, former-child evangelist, backwoods drifter learn all this?"
"For an instant Hellboy thought he saw a reflection of silver in Lament's eyes, like a trail of mercury floating by, and then it was gone."
Probable homages aside, Hellboy has come to investigate why a man's daughters have gone silent and barren, all six of them, and work out how it ties in with the other locals, the nasty preacher and the murderous brothers he has as underlings, and Lament himself.
There's another daughter, by a different woman, who can talk, but is nine months pregnant and vanished into the swamp. This girl is the key to it all, and who they have to find if they can get past the monsters and not be eaten by alligators.
3.5 out of 5
Readers may feel this reads much more like a videogame than an in depth novel. While light on the depth, you really don't read Hellboy for intricate plot, you read it for the simple joy of it.
If you've enjoyed the other Hellboy novelizations, I'd highly recommend this book.
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