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Hellboy, Vol. 2: Wake the Devil (Hellboy #2)

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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 upcoming film. 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 ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 144 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Dark Horse Books (first published February 1994)
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A hell better than the first volume!

Creative Team:

Creator, Writer & Illustrator: Mike Mignola

Colors: James Sinclair

Letttering: Pat Brosseau


Think. Why burn down the world when we can be its masters?

That dialogue is a great teaching to all those stories where the bad guys are planning to destroy the world...

...where are you gonna live after that, morons?!!!

Conquer the world, I can understand that (it doesn’t mean that I sympathize with the concept) but destroy it? T
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This second volume in the Hellboy series is menacing and intensely creepy. People familiar with the first film by Guillermo Del Toro about Hellboy will recognize some elements of the story, but a good bit of the story was also adapted to the animated film "Blood and Iron." I think that as dark as both film adaptations are, the source material is moreso.

Hellboy managed to overcome his origins through sheer force of his self-determined will in Volume 1, Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction. He is
Apr 22, 2015 Stephen rated it liked it

Hellboy's Nazi friends have returned, and this time they're trying to resurrect Giurescu, a vampire so powerful, that even Hitler was afraid to make use of him The BPRD are sent to stop them, but since they can only narrow the location down to three possible sites, the head of the BPRD they splits the team up in three groups and Hellboy goes solo. He runs into a bunch of Nazis who serve Rasputin's spirit and some mythic creatures that reside in the castle's depths.

On one of the other sites Abe i
Melissa McShane
Jul 31, 2015 Melissa McShane rated it it was amazing
Re-read 7/30/15: See below, plus I'd forgotten how important Baba Yaga is to this series even from the beginning. I love the complexity of her character and how her being the villain of the piece is challenged by seeing her from Rasputin's perspective; she's evil, but that's not all she is. I also find it interesting how blood magic ends up being a part of the story in two directions, both Giurescu's vampirism and Rasputin's demand of Ilsa that she die in order to power something greater. Extrem ...more
Mar 22, 2014 Gavin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I enjoyed this, the dark art, the atmosphere, the setting, and Hellboy's personality is a lot better than it was in Seed of Destruction (Vol. 1). More sense of humour: Reanimated corpse coming at him, calling him a beast, and his reply? "Big talk for a guy with no pants." for some reason I found that particularly amusing. Liz and Abe show up here, though in much smaller supporting roles, and a couple other BPRD team members, some not so lucky as others. There's a lot of familiar baddies returnin ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Celine rated it liked it
Summary: Hellboy and the rest of the paranormal investigation crew go off to Romania to look into a nazi-related possible vampire case.

What I liked:
- The art is still very pretty; it's hard to believe these images are twenty years old
- Some cool action scenes
- We go deeper into Hellboy's past, and get a lot more glimpses of the occult evil master plan
- Mignola isn't afraid to add some casualties to make the story believable

What I didn't like:
- To be honest I found this instalment pretty boring.
William Redd
May 31, 2013 William Redd rated it it was amazing
"Lady, I was gonna cut you some slack, 'cause you're a major mythological figure but now you've just gone nuts!" -Hellboy to Hecate

Here we have the second series of Hellboy stories, and it's just as fantastic as the first. Mignola mixes classic vampire lore, greek, norse, and russian mythologies, a bit of fairy, demonic power struggles, and of course more Nazis into a tale that gives more of Hellboy's origins while still allowing for more to be revealed in future volumes. This story finishes the
J.D. Brink
Oct 17, 2015 J.D. Brink rated it it was amazing
Pure Alchemy

I am mesmerized and jealous every time I pick up a Hellboy book. Mignola seamlessly melds history, mythology, the occult, and pure fun. His storytelling is elemental and irreducible. And that goes for the visual art too. It’s obvious that Mignola is the graphic storyteller as well as the scripter, because the two aspects are inseparable in style and psychic impression. And they are bewitching every time.

My only critique would be that Giurescu (who promised to be a cool villain with a
Timothy Boyd
Dec 08, 2015 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
If you thought the Hellboy movies were good then you will love the comics. Much more story on the monsters and the history of hellboys origin. Great reads, Very recommended
Oct 02, 2015 Clint rated it really liked it
The last two issues of this arc was my first introduction to Hellboy. I was sixteen and I was astonished by the style and bewildered by the story. Finally reading it now in full, it makes so much more sense! I think this may be a better introduction to the character than volume one (Seed of Destruction), but then again I'm not a fan of origin stories. I prefer to be thrown right into a battle with the goddess Hecate!
I really enjoyed this. I got several Hellboy graphic novels at the Oxfam bookshop a couple years ago and this weekend I was able to complete my set. I am really glad I was able to read this one. It was a lovely long coherent story that I found myself getting absorbed in. It was a fascinating plot that managed to have evil occult nazis, heads in jars, and vampires, not to mention a big red demon as the hero, but it still wasn't totally silly, there was real emotion and humour in the characters. I ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Ctgt rated it it was amazing
Love the art! Love the story! If you don't like traditional capes and cowls comics, give this a try.
Greta is Erikasbuddy
As I try to make my way though the world of Hellboy I must ask.... When does he start liking cats? Have the movies lied to me? Cuz personally, Hellboy liking cats is most awesome. But maybe that was just for the movie and well, I'm cool with that.

This time Hellboy and the gang are over in scary scary Europe hunting a vampire and mucking around with that dude that created Hellboy. Of course I can't remember his name cuz I suck at that.

There were times when I couldn't keep up but I was cool with
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Up until now, I knew Hellboy only by his image. I didn't really know anything about him, whether he was a superhero or what his deal was. I hadn't even watched Guillermo del Toro's films. So while opening this comic book I would encounter a world that I didn't expect to find.

Strange creatures have awakened, things that shouldn't exist. For this reason, the Bureau of Paranormal Research has taken over the investigation. Hellboy is an ag
Mar 22, 2015 Nicholas rated it really liked it
More of what made the first volume so wonderful. Mignola continues to expand the mythology of his world, creating a rich and layered tapestry that weaves together occultist Nazis, the mystic Grigori Rasputin, Greek mythology, vampires and the Baba Yaga. It's a pretty heady brew of Slavic folklore interwoven with an underlying Norse apocalyptic journey that is imaginative, dark and thoroughly engrossing. I've always been a sucker for such syncretism. To me, it shows scholarly depth as well as cre ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Helmut rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Teuflischer Blutsauger!
Ja, Hellboys Boss im BPRD ist ein teuflischer Blutsauger, der ihm immer die schwierigen Jobs gibt und den anderen die leichten, und dann gibts nichtmal ne Spur von Dankbarkeit oder Gehaltserhöhung. Doch scheinbar, so erfahren wir hier, gibt es noch teuflischere Blutsauger als Vorgesetzte, gegen die selbst Dracula Waisenknaben sind, und wenn die sich mit untoten Nazischergen, russischen Hexen und sphärischen Drachenmonstern zusammentun - gute Nacht, Welt, wie wir sie kennen
Aug 02, 2010 logankstewart rated it really liked it
Hellboy: Wake the Devil picks up shortly after the incidents of Seed of Destruction takes place. A brief introduction informs the BPRD team on the life of Vladimir Giurescu. Giurescu lived an illustrious and bloody life during the early 19th century, fighting in wars and struggles. More than once he received mortal wounds and died, but his body was always returned to Castle Giurescu, where he would return to life after the full moon, whole and fine. Eventually Giurescu dies and his body is kept ...more
May 07, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-comics
"Out of the caverns of Num-Yabisc, dark and terrible deep...the ocean is calling her children home."

There. That, right there, is the brilliance of Hellboy. You must wait to catch it, with a gentle net. Let the story wash over you. It's the only way.

I think this second volume is an improvement on the first. The art is the same kind of wonderful, and Mignola's revelry in the occasional moment of Lovecraftian dramatic poise, the sudden beauty of language and pitch-perfect pacing, returns gloriously
Feb 25, 2008 Ben rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
More adventures of Hellboy and friends, which means chasing down vampires and Nazis and some other random mythological creatures. Mike Mignola crams all sorts of different mythologies into one, and it works pretty well. I think one of the appeals is how matter of fact all of the strangeness is treated. But then again, when your main character is a demon summoned from hell to bring about the end of the world...

The art takes a bit to get used to. I'm usually not a fan of art that's this stylized,
Jun 22, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books, fantasy
This is a little confusing. There's a lot of history that the characters know that we readers are not made privy to, some of which I gather is explained in later instalments. I really do get the feeling this is one of those stories that will be better on the 2nd reading when the rest of the series has been read.
Aug 27, 2013 J. rated it really liked it
Second reading, August 2013. There was a LOT more to this book that I remembered. I remembered the plotline being pretty simple: they investigate, HB fights Giurescu and that giant Iron Maiden, then they all go home. That's a vast understatement: this volume lays the foundation for pretty much everything that would follow. How could I have mis-remembered so intensely? Anyway, the story is solid, as usual, and Mignola's art is incredible, as usual. My only complaint is that this volume could use ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Justin rated it liked it
"When the stars threw down their spears, and watered heaven with their tears, did he smile his work to see? Did he who made the lamb make thee?"
Jul 05, 2015 Dean rated it liked it
I just spent the past 2 weeks reading the Hellboy volumes 1 – 12 in a roughly chronological order. Many of the volumes include various short pieces, and they are not in chronological order by volume. In fact, the first stories chronologically actually are in Volume 4, then 11, 10, 7, 3, then 1, and so on. (You can find chronological reading lists on different websites. I found the most useful and up-to-date on the Hellboy wikia, but you may encounter spoilers as you follow the chronology thread. ...more
Wing Kee Ho
Dec 17, 2014 Wing Kee Ho rated it it was amazing
Amazing art, cool mythology and further Mignola world building genius!

The second arc of the Hellboy tale is an interesting one, not only does it build upon the world that the first arc but it also keeps expanding the world wider and wider, full of weird and wonderful creatures:

World: Awesome, if you liked Seed of Destruction you will not be disappointed here. Building on the mythology that was established in that book we get a further glimpse of the world and the characters moving around in it.
Jan 12, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
I'm fairly new to comic books so I don't claim to be an expert. All I know is that I absolutely love the artwork and thoroughly enjoy the story lines of Hellboy. It's not particularly deep or earth shattering or anything like that, it's just good. Really good entertainment.
Mx. Coco
Jul 21, 2014 Mx. Coco rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I think this second mini series was definitely an improvement from vol 1. Seed of Destruction, but it's still a little shaky in my opinion. Particularly in regards to the dialogue. Mignola tries to have Hellboy come across as witty, blase even, in the action scenes and it comes off as forced and irritating.

I do feel as though the villains aren't really working. Rasputin, the vampire, the Nazis in Norway--none of them seem very menacing. Honestly, they come across as lacking depth and a
May 27, 2015 Marco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Duuuuuuuuuude, have you ever read an entire comic book in one night? Well I did with this book.
It's funny because I had no idea of it's existance a few days ago, but I stumbled with it in a comic store and I said hell yeah i'm taking this bitches. No regrets at all.

I must say I really love the themes of Hellboy, it is like so cool as it involves accurate mythology of many different cultures, witchcraft, alchemy, historical characters and it does it in a way that is not like just copying it, it g
Scott Lee
Mar 09, 2014 Scott Lee rated it liked it
Fun, creative red-demon-noir-horror stuff. Mignola is a bit heavy on the implications here. I don't need to be beat over the head with exposition (especially in a medium that combines visuals and language), but I would like to be certain what's going on. Sometimes despite the beauty of show don't tell you have to tell a bit to make sure the reader gets it. I see from some of the reviews that the shorts collected in "vol.3" are actually chronologically before the events of this second miniseries, ...more
Feb 10, 2013 Peter rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This is the second instalment in the hellboy series. and it continous the story started in the first one. The drawings are like always with Mignola very moody and have lots of hard shading, and blacking out parts going on. The story is heavilly inspired by Lovecraft and lovecraft inspired horror. It is a fascinating tale but I 'm not entirely clear on what has happened in the book.
Sep 28, 2014 Josh rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
More brilliant paranormal shenanigans from Mignola, now writing and drawing. It's a joyous mix of mythology, horror, noir, and humor. The writing is better than the first volume and the characterization has improved somewhat too. Hellboy gets more personality, Rasputin's humanity is explored, and Liz is given a hair more depth. Abe is still cardboard thin, and despite being a fishman his character so far may as well be any random B.P.R.D. lackey. When it comes to the dialogue, it mostly consists ...more
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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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