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Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction (Hellboy (Omnibus Editions))

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The story jumps from Hellboy's mysterious World War II origin to his 1994 confrontation with the man who summoned him to earth, and the earliest signs of the plague of frogs. Avoiding his supposed fate as the herald of the end of the world, Hellboy continues with the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, fighting alongside Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and drafting Roger ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Dark Horse Books
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James DeSantis
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So two things crossed my mind when I picked up this title. Glad I waited because Hellboy (So far) is complete. So I'll be able to read it all. Second though after finishing this title is why in the blue (or red) hell did I wait so long to read this!?!?

So if you don't know anything about Hellboy (how could you not?) He's basically a big devil looking ape-looking dude who joins others who are special to stop the evils of the world. Mostly this volume focuses alot on Nazi's and Ragna Rok. This is b
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is something so seductive about he work of Mike Mignola and Hellboy himself (I cannot be the only one with board games and a reboot of the film franchise around the corner). And finally my wishes have been answered - the collected stories are finally coming out in Omnibus editions.

I have long since been follow Hellboys antics and adventures however making sense of the various stories - their interwoven references and the suspicion that a far longer story is being slowly played out all mean
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid 4 stars.

Very nice art, distinctive style, definitely. The story (or stories) is very much original. I always enjoyed how the color red is underused in the panels so that when Hellboy shows up, he really pops and stands out. He's a very vibrant, bright red that leaps off the page.

Absolutely hungry for more. It helps a lot that the Omnibus editions (coming out this year, starting with Volume 1 in May 2018) organize the graphic novels in chronological order, so they make more sense.

Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Behind a monk who's supposed to be dead, the relics portraying demons caste in stone by memo-americans hide in shadows, and we all miss his words because a portal to another world, another time, opens and some new nightmare bursts forth to end humanity. And to all this Red just sighs, cocks his gun, and fires back into the abyss.

This omnibus gathered stories, many of which I've read already, but their arraignment, their updates colors, and their original incredible qualities as stories remind me
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Took me long enough, but I finally started reading Hellboy. Maybe waiting for this omnibus to come out was a good idea. If your like me and not sure where to start with Hellboy, this volume is for you. Dark Horse is not only putting these out faster than most omnibus editions, but these are in reading order too. One reason I never read Hellboy before is because there are SO MANY different volumes it gets messy and confusing.

So far I like Hellboy. I've only seen the movie before and I liked it, b
Chris Carrick
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omnibus is the best bang for your buck and the perfect starting point.

Omnibus is the best bang for your buck and the perfect starting point. Mike Mignola's artwork is amazing. Perfect balance of humor and action as well
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Δεν θα πω πολλά.
Alejandro Dodds
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the GOAT
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've read these stories before (included here are the first two arcs plus some side stories, including the one that introduces Roger the Homunculus), so it's only lacking the spark of originality. Everything else is wonderful. Hellboy is a great character, almost always either over it or not even interested enough to care in the first place. He seems to get his rocks off by beating up on mythological creatures and/or Nazis and I think I can get behind that. There's a whole lot of mumbo-jumbo tha ...more
Mitchell Kukulka
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"We are what we are, and we have our paths to travel."

I've had a few friends recommend the Hellboy books to me over the years, so I was expecting some solid entertainment from the series.

What I wasn't expecting was a work of art that seamlessly blends a smorgasbord of literary and mythological influences with its own masterfully realized world.

I'm overjoyed that the whole damned series is being recollected just in time for new readers like myself to be exposed to some of the most effortlessly gr
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a bargain-priced TPD ($25 cover price for around 359 pages of published content!) of Mike Mignola’s first few Hellboy miniseries. Mignola does a great job of building a weird, paranormal world, despite these being his first attempts at plotting and scripting comics. The art is perfect —- highly stylized, bizarre, and full of character. Hellboy himself doesn’t have much personality in the first few stories, but the mood and the supporting cast are more than enough to balance that out.
Scott Waldyn
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pulpy, fun, and a little zany with the supernatural. It's like Raymond Chandler and Ivan Reitman's original Ghostbusters had a baby.

What really seals the deal is its phenomenal (and perfect) art style. Mike Mignola is truly one of a kind, and this collection is the first volume in a timeless masterpiece of pulpy art.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'd put this right up there with "The Dark Knight Returns" as one of the best comics I have ever read! The sorry was quite deep (lots of reading for a comic), love the use of mythology, and the artwork was very ominous.
Federico Kereki
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book deserves a double reading: one for the Lovecraftian (with a touch of pulp fiction) story, and other just for the almost impressionistic art!
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dialogue was a bit off but mignola's art is something else entirely.
Kurt Zisa
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great collection of the first Hellboy books. Remastered and crisp artwork throughout with fantastic concept art and never before seen tidbits at the end. A must have for any Hellboy completionist.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
Excellent collection of an excellent comic (can we call Hellboy a "classic" now?).
James Hyman
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Very very interesting...
Lizzy  Walker
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review for Monster Librarian forthcoming.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finally took the plunge into the Hellboy universe with this newly released Omnibus edition. Big chunky volume with a lot story and great artwork, definitely well worth your money.
Doug Chase
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The fun weirdness of Hellboy from the beginning of the series. I’m looking forward to the subsequent volumes.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nice to have this as an omnibus collection.
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Mike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn't remember why) and reading Dracula at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.

In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began wo
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