- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse; 2nd New edition edition (30 Mar. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593070950
- ISBN-13: 978-1593070953
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.8 x 25.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hellboy Volume 2: Wake the Devil - NEW EDITION!: Wake the Devil v. 2 (Hellboy (Dark Horse Paperback)) Paperback – 30 Mar 2004
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"...wisecracking Hellboy is one of the most endearing heroes to have emerged in comics for a long time" -- Ottakar's Outland Magazine, Issue 31, Autumn 2004 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Mike Mignola is the acclaimed creator of Hellboy and Zombieworld, and has drawn Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Aliens and Cloak and Dagger. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
All of the ingredients of a good Hellboy adventure are here: Nazi scientists, haunted European castles, Abe Sapien and other members of the BPRD, the ghost of Rasputin, hints at Hellboy's purpose on earth and our hero battling it out with various monsters.
The story opens with a shooting at a waxworks and the disappearance of a create that may hold the body of one Vladmir Giurescu. Add to this the possibility that Giurescu may be a vampire taken by Nazi scientists for their own evil purposes and the fuse is lit for a romping, stomping showdown between Hellboy and the bad guys. There are further hints as to what Hellboy is and why he has been brought to earth. If you liked the first one then you will enjoy this.
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
Nothing to complain about.
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