Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Hellboy, Vol. 2: Wake the Devil (Hellboy, #2)” as Want to Read:
Hellboy, Vol. 2: Wake the Devil (Hellboy, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  11,097 ratings  ·  169 reviews
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)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Hellboy, Vol. 2, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Hellboy, Vol. 2

Watchmen by Alan MooreThe Complete Maus by Art SpiegelmanV for Vendetta by Alan MooreThe Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil GaimanBatman by Frank Miller
Required Reading Graphic Novels
78th out of 768 books — 1,270 voters
Locke & Key, Vol. 1 by Joe HillThe Walking Dead, Vol. 01 by Robert KirkmanHellboy, Vol. 1 by Mike MignolaThe Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil GaimanFrom Hell by Alan Moore
Best Horror Comics/Graphic Novels!
18th out of 221 books — 148 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
 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

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
William Redd
"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
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.
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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,
Ject Toons
La calidad de la historia y del dibujo se mantiene y necesito leer más. Por suerte adquirí otros dos volúmenes hoy y tengo Hellboy para otras seis horas, más o menos.

Me gusta mucho la idea, por cierto, de que lo sobrenatural sea tan "humano" en el sentido de las fallas y errores, en esta serie.
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
"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?"
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
Wing Ho
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.
Mx. Coco
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
Scott Lee
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
Melissa Proffitt
Wake the Devil completes the story begun in Hellboy: Seed of Destruction--all that Nazi/Rasputin/Lovecraftian stuff that's so gloriously dark and brilliantly redemptive. Speaking of Lovecraft, I think he'd like what Mignola's done in depicting the kind of monsters I'm sure he had nightmares about.
Feb 10, 2013 Peter rated it 3 of 5 stars
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 4 of 5 stars
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
So this was my first Hellboy graphic novel I have ever read. I feel bad because I started in the middle of the story, and not in the beginning. That being said, I really enjoyed it. Hellboy does an excellent job of combining that Universal Monster's feel with Indiana Jones style adventure.

This volume made me want to read more Hellboy.
Madison Earp
He'll oh is a very fascinating and hilarious comic. I usually don't read a lot of comics but when I do, they are truly something grand. This story to me represents an evil doper against well a sarcastic retard if I may say but he is one of the best characters because of his spirit. Hell boy goes looking and casts upon a retarded animal while he looked upon the lady he needed to speak to she sneaks awAy while he fights this odd animal to fall through the ground into an unknownn place. We move int ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
Ah, Hellboy, you rock!

Really enjoyed this comic book. Love the legends, myths, and history included in all Hellboy stories. Very cool.
Anthony Peronto
A definite improvement on the first volume, Mignola takes away the voiceover and adds in many elements that help "conclude" the origins of his titular character. It may include some heavy amounts of exposition, but the folklore from various sources (Greek and Russian especially) combine quite well. Especially when all its mumbo-jumbo sorcery is meant with Hellboy's indifference and wit. And for 20-year-old artwork, it's still beautiful and impressive. It may leave more questions than answers in ...more
WOW. How did I forget about 96% of the events that occurred in this book? It hasn't even been ten years since I read it! Quite a big, complex, ambitious plot - although I do wish the "Vol. 2" wasn't part of this book's overall reception, as there are events in The Chained Coffin and Others that don't just take place, but were WRITTEN, before this one. But I digress: this was one hell of a good read, and I'm committed to the rest of the saga(s).
Not sure why anyone would care if Hellboy defeats the undead Nazis. If this book were a summer movie, it'd have a spectacle of CG machinery, wire acrobatics, and hot girls to displace my lack of caring, but here ...... Mignola's minimalist chiaroscuro is easy to look at, his compositions are solid, but the overall effect here isn't fun. His brand of minimalism is so efficient that it can only accentuate the story's threadbareness. That effect might be appealing in Hellboy's shorter stories, whos ...more
The Hellboy series is an amalgam of many pulp fiction tropes including action, adventure, mystery, and horror within a framework of mythology, folktales, religion, and pseudoscience. Hellboy himself is an engaging character: the wise cracking private eye hero, able to take a beating and fight back with a smile on his bloody teeth. But on a deeper level, he is also an isolated figure tormented by the terrible truths of his 'hellish' origins and what that means to the future of mankind.

I would nor
Robert Beveridge
Mike Mignola, Hellboy: Wake the Devil (Dark Horse, 1997)

Somehow I got my spreadsheet mixed up and had Wake the Devil as the second Hellboy book, not the third. (Not that it matters, my library's copy of The Chained Coffin seems to have walked off and not been replaced.) So I find myself with a hole in the story that gets referenced a few times in this book. The story here does stand alone enough, however, that I only had a few slight episodes of dizziness while trying to figure out what on earth
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Goon, Volume 3: Heaps of Ruination
  • B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs 3 (B.P.R.D., #6-8)
  • Hellboy: The Companion
  • Swamp Thing, Vol. 2: Love and Death
  • Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser
  • Conan, Vol. 3: The Tower of the Elephant and Other Stories
  • Hellboy: The Lost Army
  • Planetary, Vol. 2: The Fourth Man
  • Doom Patrol, Vol. 5: Magic Bus
  • Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time (Atomic Robo, #3)
  • Northlanders, Vol. 3: Blood in the Snow
  • Sin City, Vol. 7: Hell and Back (Sin City, #7)
  • Preacher, Volume 5: Dixie Fried
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
More about Mike Mignola...

Other Books in the Series

Hellboy (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction (Hellboy, #1)
  • Hellboy, Vol. 3: The Chained Coffin and Others (Hellboy, #3)
  • Hellboy, Vol. 4: The Right Hand of Doom (Hellboy, #4)
  • Hellboy, Vol. 5: Conqueror Worm (Hellboy, #5)
  • Hellboy, Vol. 6: Strange Places (Hellboy, #6)
  • Hellboy, Vol. 7: The Troll Witch and Others (Hellboy, #7)
  • Hellboy, Vol. 8: Darkness Calls (Hellboy, #8)
  • Hellboy, Vol. 9: The Wild Hunt (Hellboy, #9)
  • Hellboy, Vol. 10: The Crooked Man and Others (Hellboy, #10)
  • Hellboy, Vol. 11: The Bride of Hell and Others (Hellboy, #11)
Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction (Hellboy, #1) Hellboy, Vol. 3: The Chained Coffin and Others (Hellboy, #3) Hellboy, Vol. 4: The Right Hand of Doom (Hellboy, #4) Hellboy, Vol. 5: Conqueror Worm (Hellboy, #5) Hellboy, Vol. 6: Strange Places (Hellboy, #6)

Share This Book

“Lady, I was gonna cut you some slack, 'cause you're a major mythological figure...but now you've just gone nuts!” 43 likes
More quotes…