- Publisher: Dark Horse Comics,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 128 pages
- Dimensions: 168mm x 256mm x 8mm | 300g
- Publication date: 30 March 2004
- Publication City/Country: Milwaukie
- ISBN 10: 1593070942
- ISBN 13: 9781593070946
- Edition: 3, New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 8,719
Dark Horse presents new editions of the entire "Hellboy" line with new covers, beginning with "Seed of Destruction," the basis of director Guillermo del Toro's blockbuster films. "Hellboy" is one of the most celebrated comics series in recent years. The ultimate artists' artist and a great storyteller whose work is in turns haunting, hilarious, and spellbinding. Mike Mignola has won numerous awards in the comics industry and beyond. When strangeness threatens to engulf the world, a strange man will come to save it. Sent to investigate a mystery with supernatural overtones, Hellboy discovers the secrets of his own origins, and his link to the Nazi occultists who promised Hitler a final solution in the form of a demonic avatar. " ... Hellboy is a brilliant example of how to elevate the comic of the future to a higher literary level while achieving a higher pitch of excitement." --Robert Bloch, from his introduction
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By Robert Andre Lie 11 Apr 2013
The first thing that struck me when i got the book was its great design. Great cover art, and the first few pages really gives the reader a feeling that something special is about to happen.
The introduction is a really fun read, written by one and only Robert Bloch, author of Psycho, grandfather of horror, and member of Lovecrafts circle of writers. All in all a great first impression. This is something i really like about collected works, you often get some nice artwork, introductions and maybe some good stories on its origin.
During the final years of the Third Reich, Hitler and his cronies are getting desperate. They enlist several experts on the occult, and attempts to turn the tides of war by ways of magic.
So the story starts on a remote island in Scotland, where some of Hitlers leading occultist perform a summoning ritual.
This is an introduction story, so there is little or no plot to be found. The main story evolves around how Hellboy came to earth, a tale of a russian occultist and mad man, and his ultimate clash with the beeing he summoned.
Hellboy immediately strikes you as interesting, and in comparison to lots of other comic heroes, is a really unique. He (it?) is a huge, red, demon, with sawed off horns. At least we can presume he is a demon, although the story merely hints as to where he originates from.
Hellboy fires of hilarious one liners more often than he fires his gun, and his jokes are definitely hitting target more often then his marksmanship does. He is vulnerable, he is flawed, and all these traits makes him a hero you can`t but love. In some way he reminds me of Hellblazers protagonist, John Constantine, although Hellboy, in this volume at least, is not as dark spirited and nihilistic.
Hellboy is obviously a young and underdeveloped character in these first issues, but by choosing to tell the story from Hellboys perspective, Byrne & Mignolia manage to properly convey their plans for the continuing development of the character.
Hellboy was intended to be a team book, with several other characters. Mignola states that he ditched that idea because he "i couldn't come up with a name for any of the other characters or the team". But he still chose to include a few. In this book you`ll find the amphibian unknown species the call Abe Sapien, and the human Elizabeth Sherman who has pyrotechnic abilities.
These two teammates of Hellboy really don't contribute much to the character gallery in this first volume, and gives Hellboy the spotlight almost through the entire book. Readers can expect to be proper introduced to those two in the following books.
The story falls nicely into the classic horror genre. Even though the characters are more modern than say Lovecrafts, it`s still the classic tale of greed and madness of desperate men consumed by the powers they invoked. People obsessed with achieving personal goals and power.
Using Hitler and Himmlers rumored interest in the occult really knocks this through, just as the Indiana Jones movies did back in the eighties.
The tale is really well crafted, and the artwork really do it justice.
It`s unique quality fits the uniqueness of the characters, and its earthy coloring really sets the mood. Just flipping through the pages and look at drawings is a great experience in it self.
By Mahbub Ahmed 15 Dec 2011
Hellboy has to be be one of the most enjoyable comic book series ever created. And that is thanks to the minds and talents of Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy. Mignola has crafted a comic book rich in myth, folklore, and horror, but the key word is 'fun'. His art is just sensational - a visual feast for the eyes! When I purchased this book, and read it for the first time I spen a good portion of my time just immersed in Mignola's magnificent artistic renderings because this book is a visual feast. Mignola's unique style has been described by Alan Moore, the god of comic's, as German Expressionism meets Jack Kirby. And he couldn't have been more correct in his description.
One of the main draws is of course Hellboy himself, but it is also about his sidekicks, fish man Abe Sapien, and Liz Sherman. It is also the surreal creation of other odd characters, like the 'Frog' monsters, Rasputin (and in book two, it gets weirder, we have a decapitated talking head, a Gorgon, a vampire, a witch and a 'Chicken Leg House'!) Seriously, you have to see it to believe it! This comic book is like no other. And I for one, love it!
The comic book Seeds of Destruction differs somewhat from the movie (Hellboy). The story line briefly revolves around the birth if you will, of Hellboy into this world. The Nazi via the help of Rasputin, open a portal to release the Ogdru Jahad, seven beasts of the apocalypse. However, thanks to the American's they fail but not before a creature manages to get through. That creature is a baby demon, with mini horn, and a big stony right hand. Professor Bruttenholm, or 'Professor Broom' as he is later known, takes charge in looking after this creature whom they name Hellboy.
Rasputin however has unfinished business.
Years later, we see Hellboy alongside his colleagues, Abe Sapien, and Liz Sherman who are agents for B.P.R.D, Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence, investigate some weird goings on at a house. And it is whilst they are there that all hell breaks loose!
If you are new to the Hellboy universe, then boy are you in for a treat! Do not dwell on it, just click on 'buy'. You will not regret it!