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The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense has sent Hellboy out on what will be his final mission. At the end of World War II, Lobster Johnson led an Allied attack on Hitler's space program, but not before the Nazis were able to launch the first man into space. Now, after sixty years, Hellboy and Roger the Homunculus, who's been implanted by Bureau scientists with a bomb, travel to the ruined castle in Norway to intercept the returning capsule, and its single passenger...the...
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Hellboy, Volume 5: Conquerer Worm

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Overview

The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense has sent Hellboy out on what will be his final mission. At the end of World War II, Lobster Johnson led an Allied attack on Hitler's space program, but not before the Nazis were able to launch the first man into space. Now, after sixty years, Hellboy and Roger the Homunculus, who's been implanted by Bureau scientists with a bomb, travel to the ruined castle in Norway to intercept the returning capsule, and its single passenger...the conqueror worm!
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Winner of the 2002 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series, this story promotes Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film by reminding readers how fine Mignola is as a visual creator and how skilled he is at setting up outrageously melodramatic scenes to illustrate. Hellboy was a baby demon retrieved by psychic investigators who couldn't bring themselves to destroy the little imp. They brought him up to be a not-especially-secret agent of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. In this story, the massive, red-skinned hero is sent to investigate the ruins of a castle where Nazis conducted occult/scientific experiments, accompanied by his colleague Roger the Homunculus and supposedly aided by a blonde Austrian agent who isn't what she seems. They soon encounter undead Nazis, space aliens and the early 20th-century costumed crime fighter Lobster Johnson. Meanwhile, a space capsule launched from the castle in 1939 is about to land, containing an evil spirit from the stars. From here, the plot sails into even weirder territory. Readers who let themselves be carried along, however, can enjoy beautifully designed pages full of dark shadows and images of skulls and gargoyles. Hellboy might look silly on a midtown street corner at high noon, but it's hard to laugh at him as he fights monsters in dark gothic crypts draped with tattered swastika banners. Mignola counts on the power of the art to push his readers through thickets of absurdity until they come out the other side, into a state of delirious wonder. Sometimes he succeeds. (Feb.) Forecast: The book's film version (which is in postproduction) should drive interest in the series of Hellboy graphic novels. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621150589
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
  • Publication date: 2/3/2004
  • Series: Hellboy Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 255,327
  • File size: 40 MB
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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    Perfect early Hellboy...

    I fully understand Mignola's desire to move Hellboy more into the realm of fantasy after this story, but what a great last BPRD mission this was! All the great villains are there: Rasputin, Hecate, Herman von Klempt, and Baba Yaga. New (at that point) characters Lobster Johnson and Roger the Homunculus are amazing to read, and the plot moves fast but isn't over quickly. Hellboy defeats the Nazis who brought him to this world once and for all, and the first stage of his journey is complete. This volume will really show you why Hellboy is one of the most respected comic book characters, and why he is important to a modern audience. Read this whether you are a long time fan or new to the series!

    *Note: Reading "Hellboy: Wake the Devil" first is recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    The best of the Hellboy Trades! No Doubt about it!

    Hellboy, Mignola art, and Lobster Johnson, totally slick. Creepy Nazi projects with twisted art and craziness after craziness. Totally worth the read and the pictures are so slick. I've always been the conventional Bryne and Jim Lee fan, but once I got a look at the stuff in these books, I was hooked. Take a look, and if disturbed take it with a grain of salt, its just a pulp/horror/sci-fi comic...

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