Hellsing, Volume 1

Hellsing, Volume 1

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by Kohta Hirano
     
 

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There's a secret organization somewhere in England created to defend the Queen and country from monsters of all sorts. Yes, it's hard to believe in this day and age... but really, isn't this the true age of monsters?
Enter Hellsing, an agency, long in tooth, with the experience, know-how, and... er... equipment to handle the problems that arise when vampires,

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There's a secret organization somewhere in England created to defend the Queen and country from monsters of all sorts. Yes, it's hard to believe in this day and age... but really, isn't this the true age of monsters?
Enter Hellsing, an agency, long in tooth, with the experience, know-how, and... er... equipment to handle the problems that arise when vampires, ghouls, and the like take on these dark forces. "What equipment?" you may say. How about another vampire, and a big pistol loaded with special silver bullets? That oughta do the trick. But what really knocks 'em dead is the sharp wit, awesome artwork, and crazy, bloody action that make up the manga. Hellsing the long-awaited manga is finally in America, thanks to Dark Horse Comics and the folks at Digital Manga, and you're gonna love it. Come get some smart-ass gore and action as only Japan seems to produce, in that crazy "non-Western" format the kids seem to love. And nice and thick at a full 200 pages! The night is dark, but at least those wacky anti-heroes from Hellsing can make light of it.

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Another in a long line of manga featuring an off-kilter hero, this lively tale about vampire hunters features the eponymous top-secret organization based in England that's called on for only the toughest jobs. Hellsing's top vampire hunter is Alucard, a lanky figure in an oversized hat and a duster that swirls dashingly as he blows bad guys to smithereens with his arsenal of enormous firearms. Alucard, it turns out, is actually a vampire himself, and just why he's tearing up his own kind is open to question, but then, Hellsing doesn't lend itself to much deep contemplation. It's mostly a fun, violent romp. In the first story readers meet a young policewoman who joins the undead after becoming an innocent victim in a battle. Police Girl, as she's known, comes to the organization via Integra, Hellsing's leader, and her adaptation to her new life affords some amusing moments. In a flashback, readers learn how Integra took over Hellsing and how she first met Alucard when he rescued her from her own murderous relatives. Later, the heroes nearly meet their match in Father Alexander Anderson, a superhuman priest who works for Section XIII, the Vatican's own vampire division. The bloody battle is accompanied by some rather awkward religious sparring between the Catholic Church and Hellsing, which is sworn to protect, believe it or not, the Protestant Church. It's goofy details like this that give the book some charm and energy. Hirano's storytelling is easy to follow, as stylish close-ups of the "we're-groovy-and-we-know-it" characters explode into violent full-page illustrations of all-out mayhem. (Dec. 2003) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593070564
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Publication date:
12/09/2009
Series:
Hellsing Series, #1
Edition description:
Not Appropriate For Children
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
198,681
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.23(h) x 0.66(d)

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Hellsing, Volume 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WHOOO! This is a manga that fufills many fetishes. Blood and gore to the extreme, vamprie lovers, werewolf lovers, people interested in the Nazis... But I'm getting ahead of myself aren't I? This is one of my top ten favorite manga series of all time. I love it to death. The character Alucard is the coolest vampire I've ever seen. That you'll ever see. There are guns blazing in every volume. And the guest stars are quite an interesting lot on their own. If you want to see what happens when a love for horror, violence and a sickly dark sense of humor come together in a manga, Hellsing is ALL GOOD. God and Her Majesty be with you, AMEN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Want manga with action, blood, amazing artwork and a beautiful display of characters? Then you want Hellsing. By far the best manga out there (that I've ever read), Hellsing is an addicting blend of Vampires, top secret English organizations, and Nazi plots... and of course, no manga series (er, including England anyway) would be complete without the Vatican (Section 13 Iscariot, to be exact) stirring up trouble, that is until they... well... I can't tell, but it's good, I promise, and actually kinda funny... Teehee... anyways, from eating a guy with his right arm to crashing a plane onto a Nazi battleship and proceeding to kill that guy too, Alucard (the main character) is certainly the coolest Vampire out there. He has just enough dark humor in him to make him very scary, yet not cheesy or overly gothic as most Vampires are portrayed. And he has hair that is just as magical as Nny's shirt, but thats not the point... The point is that he and the rest of the wonderful characters make up something I and my friends can read over and over (etc.) again and still be as excited as though it was the first time we'd opened it. Very few seem to get this, but all ask, 'Just how is Alucard so damn cool?' Try spelling 'Alucard' backwards and you'll get your answer. >3
Anonymous 30 days ago
All time favorite manga! I have never read a manga twice or watched an anime twice, however I have watched Hellsing dozens of times and read the manga dozens of times.
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Totally amazing!
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I've read this series before, so I know what I'm saying when I say that this is an awesome series!
Music_and_books_forever More than 1 year ago
One of the main characters is Count Dracula with guns. How can this be a bad thing? The best series I have ever read, hands down.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Alucard is amazing, and so is Hellsing. ..I made the mistake of watching the TV shows and the OVAs before reading the manga (not a good idea) so I already knew what I was getting into. But the manga is a hundred times better then the TV version was, however, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I'm definently going to read the rest! The characters are amazing, the story is engaging, and the artwork is very good-I am definently hooked!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This manga is the greatest gory manga sents Trigun and Neon Genesis Evangelion. This manga is an excellent must read for horror, comedy, and Vampiric fanatics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite mangas ever! Sadly I have something that a few people have probably figured out...Alucard is Dracula spelled backwards! Still I love this manga more than anything in the world! I don't care too much for Dracula books,but this manga is way different from those books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
in my opinoin hellsing has to be the best manga around its entertaining,fun,and has a very thrilling story line it develops into a great read for all fans of manga that can appreciate this awesome manga by kotha hirano,well thats because its my favorite manga!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One book isn't enough. After reading one you'll have to read the whole series.......Yeah it's that good
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the OVA!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Helsing is absolutely the best Manga in the world and one of the greatest animes ever made. Alucard is totally awsome! and it's cool how his name is dracula backwards!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have never read Hellsing, you dont know what you are missing. I recently picked up Hellsing #1 and as soon as I read it I was hooked to the manga. Its funny,gory,and its even better than Trigun. ( Thats my opipion)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This manga totally rocks! It is totally otaku and is justb right for all you manic depressant, and gothic and just plain folk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is easily my favorite manga out there [to date]. I've been a big fan of the anime, and the manga adds so much more flavor to the story. The artwork is gorgeous and the storyline is about the same [it flows a little faster]. A bit pricey compared with most manga titles, but [in my opinion] worth the extra bucks. Keep in mind that the story will surpass the 'first season' of the anime and continue on to the 'second'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hunger for blood in almost anything I read and this really filled me up. An awesome story with very interesting characters. The only thing is... everyone DOES wear glasses...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm an anime fanatic and if you're just getting into anime and manga I suggest you read Hellsing. The anime is awesome but the manga is AMAZING!!! I'm obsessed with Hellsing!