Hellboy, Volume 1: Seed of Destruction

Hellboy, Volume 1: Seed of Destruction

by Mike Mignola, Various

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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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ISBN-13: 9781621150541
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 02/03/2004
Series: Hellboy Series
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 463,831
File size: 40 MB
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Seed of Destruction 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Mike Mignola came up with Hellboy in the early 90s and somehow I'm reading it for the first time in supremely late 2009. And the funny thing is, I loved it and probably like it more now than I would of then. My tastes have changed and my appreciation for different kinds of art have changed. Hellboy's intro and the entire team involved with the book is awesome. Liz and Abe add to Hellboy like any other mainstream supporting charcters (Alfred Pennyworth, Mary Jane Watson, Lois Lane, etc.) but even moreso due to their powers. Its truely fantastic stuff!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The good news is that this graphic novel offers exactly what I loved about the movie. HellBoy is a devil summoned by a mysterious Nazi who wants to unleash cthulhu-like elder gods upon the world. He's got an anger problem, he's a smart ass, and he calls himself the World's Best Paranormal Investigator. The art is dark, yet HellBoy's attitude adds some levity to the atmosphere. The bad news is that there isn't much in this first volume that you don't know from watching the first movie. Having started with the movie that's to be expected, but it did make the short promo strips included at the back of the volume the most interesting bits. Because I really enjoyed those, I believe if this had been my first HellBoy experience I'd have been won over. (In other words, if I wasn't already a fan, I would be after reading Seed of Destruction.) Not only is HellBoy a paranormal tale, and intriguingly so, but it is also carried by an anti-hero of sorts (as the impression readers are given is that HellBoy isn't supposed to be the hero, he's supposed to end the world) and one of my favorite character types, the intelligent, more-human-than-humans monstrous creature(Abe). It's a combination that, when it works, will always get my interest and likely my dollar.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Graphic novel written by Mike Mignola is GREAT!! the story explains hellboy's origin, Abe Sapiens and liz's. This book is great for people first be introduced into the the Great mind of Mike Mignola!!
comfypants on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not a fan of spooky/paranormal stories, but Hellboy's such a great character, it's lots fun to read. And the book and movie are different enough that one doesn't lose anything after you've seen/read the other (unlike certain other comic books starting "Sin" and ending in "ity").
Kisners42 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mike Mignola's art in this series rocks of course (as usual).The story also relatively interesting, however I found that I'd read enough hype about it that I was expecting more somehow. Still it wasn't bad.- Peter K.
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm very glad to say that I liked this a lot. Even the art, which up until now I thought I would totally hate, was pretty cool. The characters were cool and original, the bad guy was really evil and evil looking and his masters are cthulhu-like monsters. What more could you ask for? I can't say it's as good as -Top 10- or -Transmetropolitan- but I'll definitely be reading the next couple graphic novels.
justabookreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don¿t know where to start with this so please be patient. It¿ll probably be short anyway¿not for lack of enjoyment or appeal but more from the fact that, as I said, I don¿t know where to start.Hellboy, on a trip back to the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, finds Professor Bruttenholm struggling to remember something. Before he is able to explain his thoughts to Hellboy, an attack takes place killing the Professor and sending Hellboy and his cohorts, Elizabeth Sherman and Abraham Sapien, on a dangerous mission that answers no questions and leaves them knowing more terror is to come.I don¿t read graphic novels nearly enough and I¿ll even admit to buying most of those currently in our house knowing my husband likes them but really what I¿m looking for is an excuse to buy more of them because I think they¿re cool. I have a not so secret love of the Hellboy movies and this one is the basis for the Hellboy II: The Golden Army movie although I will say that a lot is imagined in the movie because this one is rather bare on the details. I¿m all right with that and can see what was used and what was ditched. I know there are a lot of bloggers out there that don¿t like movie adaptations of books but with a graphic novel, I think you have to allow more leeway. The artwork is done well but I don¿t feel the horror that it¿s supposed to inspire, hence the only 3.75 stars. It does give you the same destructive feel that is always present with Hellboy though and I like that this personality trait came through. If you aren¿t familiar with these characters, I¿m not sure this is a good starting place although this is the first in this particular series storyline but not the comic series itself. Actually, that¿s just what I think; I didn¿t Google that so if I¿m wrong, I¿m wrong. Without much background, you¿re dropped in and moved along at a fast pace. I enjoyed that but can see how it might induce confusion.If you¿re familiar with the story and characters, or share my guilty pleasure for the movies, I¿d recommend this one.
theforestofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Finally got hold of this after it being on order for months. Thoroughly enjoyable. At times Mignola¿s writing reads poetically, with a smooth easy rhythm. I found the beginning pages a little confusing as the narration seemed to switch. Once Hellboy became the sole narrator (not a phrase I thought I¿d ever write!) the story flowed. There is a degree of the abstract within the artwork. Faces and backgrounds not clearly defined. Instead there is an emphasis on shadow and light; dark backgrounds throwing the glorious bright red of Hellboy almost off the page at times. It is artwork that works well within the nature of the story.
lifeasafrog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although the story line is hard to follow at times, once you understand the premise you will appreciate the deep and fascinating book.
jayrogers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The hellboy books are really quite a fine example of graphic design and a singular vision of comedic horror. Or should I say gothic comedy?
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mike Mignola's first collection of his Hellboy series, Seed of Destruction sets the tone and feel for the rest of the series. With a story and art by Mike Mignola and a script by John Byrne, Seed of Destruction introduces us to Hellboy, a demon brought over to our dimension by Rasputin in an effort by the Nazis to gain supernatural help during WWII. Hellboy is brought to our dimension as a young child, hence the name that sticks, and when we are introduced to him as an adult, Hellboy is working for the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, or BPRD, where he investigates supernatural phenomena. Truth be told, I don't think there was too much to this story, but it was a well-crafted introduction to the mythos and characters of Hellboy.
coffeesucker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent storytelling and artwork!
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Samantha57 More than 1 year ago
This was a great start to a new love that is developing for me that is known as comic books. I have always and forever will be a fan of hellboy but it was the guy from a previous relationship that made me break down and read where it all originally started. My only complaint is thanks to this comic book I now have a fear or frogs.
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Rom More than 1 year ago
For those of you who have only seen the mediocre movie adaptations, you are in for a treat! This comic is great. The movies made it into a bad super-hero flick, but it's actually a very deep, dark horror story, with lots of twists on obscure folk lore. Hellboy is a much better character in this than in the movies. Plus, in the movie, they added that awful romance between Hellboy and Liz! That wasn't in the comic! Liz was in less than half the mini-series! If you have any interest in Hellboy, you need to read this. Nuff' said.
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