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MetaFour AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN from a place
AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN
Jan 9th 2011 at 1:13:22 PM

I just got BPRD: 1947, and I really don't know what to think about it. There's two different plots that were interesting enough to carry a whole miniseries, but they get rushed through so quickly that I'm left wondering what the point of this miniseries is. Didn't care much for the art style either, though the only part I would really call bad would be the Russian demon-girl.

Interesting contributions to the worldbuilding of the 'verse, however. If the vampires have agreed to lay low until humanity has forgotten how to fight them, has the possibility of Hellboy ending the world made them rethink this plan? And from the excorcism, it would seem that all the good gods of all religions are one and the same.

I didn't write any of that.
Gvzbgul from Middle Earth
Jan 9th 2011 at 3:08:00 PM

It did kindof annoy me that it seemed so confusing there being multiple gods or whatever and lovecraft type stuff all in one big ball. But once I'd read BPRD The Dead I kinda 'got' it. Well, ok, I still don't.

I just have a hard time reconcilling the fairies version of the end of the world, the demonic version of the end of the world, and the lovecraft version of the end of the world. They all involve Hellboy and seeeeeem to be the same event but I can't really tell.

GreatGodPan Gimmie the sit-rep. from The Woods. Where else?
Gimmie the sit-rep.
Jan 10th 2011 at 6:52:13 AM

I've collected all the Hellboy TPB, and trust me when I tell you that you really appreciate Mike Mignola's mythos when you read them back-to-back

Spooky.
Gvzbgul from Middle Earth
Jan 10th 2011 at 1:09:36 PM

I don't own any of the Hellboy TPB but the library I go to is awesome.

edited 10th Jan '11 9:44:07 PM by Gvzbgul

MetaFour AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN from a place
AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN
Jan 10th 2011 at 1:14:38 PM

Man, Gvz, now you've got me turning all the prophecies over in my head, trying to remember how they fit together.

I didn't write any of that.
MetaFour AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN from a place
AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN
Jan 23rd 2011 at 3:48:44 PM

Actually, I think our own Hellboy article's take on all the prophecies makes the most sense:

Evil Is Not a Toy: Nearly everyone Hellboy encounters seems to have their own agenda for the Right Hand of Doom and the Ogdru Jahad, believing that they can control their powers (even Hell seems to think they can use the Dragon). It is implied that they are all delusional, and that the release of the Ogdru Jahad would simply result in the annihilation of reality. Hecate is the only one who seems to be aware of this, but pursues it anyway and mocks those who believe they can twist the power to their own ends (she suggests that it might be possible that a new world will be born from the ruins, but it doesn't really concern her).

Anyway, just read BPRD: Killing Ground and The Warning. HOLY CRAP so much stuff happening. More of Lobster Johnson is always a good thing.

I didn't write any of that.
Seamus Another Perfect Day from the Quantum Savanna
Another Perfect Day
Jan 23rd 2011 at 9:22:03 PM

Knowing Lobster Johnson is a recurring character is one of the reasons I want to start buying the old volumes of BPRD. Though I'm gonna get The Crooked Man first.

I've got two guns pointed west and a broken compass.
MetaFour AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN from a place
AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN
Jan 24th 2011 at 4:26:58 PM

Well, a very rarely recurring character so far, but the ending of The Warning promises that the story's not done with him yet.

I wonder what sort of game Memnan Saa is playing. Dude's definitely my favorite villain in the 'verse.

I didn't write any of that.
MetaFour AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN from a place
AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN
Jan 28th 2011 at 7:09:52 PM

Oh, oh my goodness.

In Killing Ground, there's a shot of the BPRD personnel directory. Guillermo del Toro is listed there.

I didn't write any of that.
Moogi A Mediocre Khan from everywhy
A Mediocre Khan
Feb 3rd 2011 at 7:50:55 AM

^ Yeah, I saw that, too. I laughed, which caused my roomie to stare at me for a couple seconds.

So, I've read up to Killing Ground now. I have all of them through King of Fear coming in the mail as we speak (type?). I'm as giddy as a schoolgirl, to be honest.

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MetaFour AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN from a place
AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN
Feb 3rd 2011 at 7:40:33 PM

Lucky you. I have through The Warning, which says it's the first part of the "Scorched Earth Trilogy". If you thought the open ending of Killing Ground was bad (not bad as in badly written, but bad as in "I must know how this ends! You're killing me, Mignola!"), the end of The Warning was a bazillion times worse.

I didn't write any of that.
Moogi A Mediocre Khan from everywhy
A Mediocre Khan
MetaFour AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN from a place
AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN
Mar 5th 2011 at 7:05:25 PM

Okay, finally got The Black Goddess and The King of Fear. DAMN it wasn't just epic, but epic Continuity Porn to boot. They tied in the stuff from the Lobster Johnson miniseries!

It feels weird being caught up with the series.

I didn't write any of that.
Moogi A Mediocre Khan from everywhy
A Mediocre Khan
Mar 8th 2011 at 8:02:00 AM

Read all of them through King of Fear. Holy SHIT. This is incredible!

I got the first Witchfinder book for my birthday last weekend. I've only read the first chapter, but holy crap is this gonna be awesome. Victorian mystery in the Hellboy universe... oh my goodness.

edited 8th Mar '11 8:03:17 AM by Moogi

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MetaFour AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN from a place
AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN
Mar 8th 2011 at 5:57:03 PM

So there is a Witchfinder TPB? I keep hearing about that series, but I haven't seen it at my usual comic haunts.

I didn't write any of that.
Moogi A Mediocre Khan from everywhy
A Mediocre Khan
Mar 9th 2011 at 9:12:58 AM

Amazon, my friend. Or in my case, birthday present from my doting parental units.

I just finished it last night. It was a really good start for the series (since I've read that there are more Witchfinder stories coming out), and I dig how well it's tying together all these different strands of lore from the Hellboy 'verse- the Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra, Hyperborea, Martin Gylfryd, and of course, Sir Edward himself. I'm pretty giddy about this prospect.

I also love Edward's character, too- it's nice to see Church Militant characters who aren't used by the writers as 'OMG religion is evul' strawmen. It's fairly uncommon to see something like this in the fantasy genre, so I really appreciate the change.

Speaking of which, there's a short story in the paperback (initially a backup in Hellboy: The Wild Hunt) about the witch hunter whose undead form attacked Hellboy in Wild Hunt. As much as I think the old witch hunts were evil, that story, which actually showed the witch hunter from when he was a fairly decent guy before he went off the deep end, was pretty cool.

Next up on my need-to-buy list: the Lobster Johnson and Abe Sapien paperbacks.

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MetaFour AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN from a place
AXTE INCAL AXTUCE MUN
Mar 9th 2011 at 9:02:23 PM

Yes, Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus is insane pulpy goodness. 'Twas my introduction to Memnan Saa.

I don't have Abe Sapien yet. Forgot that one.

I didn't write any of that.
Gvzbgul from Middle Earth
Mar 10th 2011 at 12:47:49 AM

I'm only up to Volume 4 of BPRD, but so far my favorite is Volume 2, which features the best putdown ever of a vampire, and the least threatening zombie invasion.

Moogi A Mediocre Khan from everywhy
A Mediocre Khan
Apr 21st 2011 at 5:06:48 AM

Is it strange that the thing I look forward to the most about the end of this semester is getting back to my collection of Hellboy books?

https://www.facebook.com/emileunmedicatedanduncut
Apr 21st 2011 at 9:56:02 AM

Depends, do you have a significant other?

Moogi A Mediocre Khan from everywhy
A Mediocre Khan
Apr 24th 2011 at 7:16:08 AM

Yeah, but she doesn't live where I do, so that doesn't count.

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GreatGodPan Gimmie the sit-rep. from The Woods. Where else?
Gimmie the sit-rep.
May 6th 2011 at 4:01:01 PM

Still waiting for next Hellboy tpb. :/

Don't get me wrong, I like BPRD and all (Wish Mignola would do more art, but you can't get everything), but the thing I love about Hellboy is how it blends weird, almost Shakespearian fantasy with the more grounded world.

Or something.

Spooky.
Moogi A Mediocre Khan from everywhy
A Mediocre Khan
May 10th 2011 at 9:36:11 AM

I always liked that part, too. I think what really attracts me to the series is just how bloody mythic it all is. I mean, this is some serious Joseph Campbell stuff going on here, which is something I wholeheartedly approve of (though I'm sort of biased in favour of anything that even vaguely reminds me of Joseph Campbell, since his whole 'Monomyth' concept was an integral part of me becoming the happy person that I am today). Plus, there's the sheer amount of work that Mignola has put into developing everything. I have a folkloregasm practically every time I read another story. Oh, and Mignola's art is delightfully evocative of German Expressionism, which is another thing I geek out about.

If I had a uterus, I would want to carry Mignola's child. Not because he's attractive, mind, but because I believe that the human cultural experience of the future will be vastly improved if his DNA is spread as far as possible.

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Gvzbgul from Middle Earth
May 10th 2011 at 5:10:54 PM

wild mass guess At the rate we learn of Hellboy's various claims to fame, (ruler of Hell, descendant of Arthur, has the hand of a god, is a saint etc) he's turning out to be a bit of a messiah figure. Maybe his options are not limited to just destroying the world or not. Maybe he can in fact save the world?

edited 12th May '11 1:43:56 PM by Gvzbgul

Moogi A Mediocre Khan from everywhy
A Mediocre Khan
May 12th 2011 at 4:20:29 AM

[up] That's what I'm thinking, too. I mean, this guy's got more heroic archetypes going for him then I can count, and they're both highly indicative. Given Mignola's fondness for old myths and legends, it looks like he's planning on using the hell out of these archetypes. I'm having a Joseph Campbellgasm just thinking about it.

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