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Hellboy, Vol. 4: The Right Hand of Doom (Hellboy #4)

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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 May 4th 2004 by Dark Horse Books (first published 2000)
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StoryTellerShannon
These are a series of short stories about Hellboy from youth to maturity. It was mildly engaging and the last story with the Cthulhu references was the most interesting. The previous ones tried a bit too much for humor and only half delivered to my tastes. Some of the tales weren't developed enough, too.

ARTWORK: B; STORY/PLOTTING: B minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B minus; OVERALL GRADE: B minus; WHEN READ: March to April 2012.
Sesana
Aug 05, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, comics
I think I like each Hellboy trade I read a little bit more than the one before it. I love how Mignola uses folklore and mythology as a basis for many of his stories, I really like Hellboy as a character, and the pancakes story, short as it was, was brilliant.
Sarah
Dec 04, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
OK, I admit it. I loved the pancakes.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
For some reason, I grabbed this graphic novel from my library, thinking it was the second in the series. I read this right after I finished Seed of Destruction, and I have to say I liked this much more. Maybe because of the short story format and the use of different folklore legends. As I've said before in my reviews of Mignola's work, I love his appreciation and encyclopedic knowledge of folklore from all over the world. As a person who is an enormous life-time lover of folklore, mythology and ...more
Melissa McShane
Re-read 8/1/15: Pretty much what I thought below continues true, though I was more amused this time by "King Vold," in which Hellboy is tricked into battling a hound of Hell on someone else's behalf. Even better is the final story, "Box Full of Evil," which has a lot of twists, as well as tying into "The Right Hand of Doom," which I like.

6/19/12: The fourth graphic novel in the series is another collection of stories, and I think I like this better than the previous (Hellboy: The Chained Coffin
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Seizure Romero
Aug 02, 2009 Seizure Romero rated it it was amazing
Japanese floating-head demons, killer ectoplasm, Romanian vampires, the Beast-of-the-Apocalypse, a gun-wielding monkey & a variety of occult hijinks-- all gloriously wrought by the pen of Mike Mignola-- and I'd give it five stars for "Pancakes" alone.
Gavin
May 17, 2014 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
More of the shorter stories from other places that Mignola's collected together and either edited or added to.
Hellboy interacts with all the fables and stories that Mignola adapts. It's a cool way to have him do a bunch of things, and to show just how deep his history is. We also get a lot of stuff about the true nature of Hellboy, the roots in Hell, and with evil, and how he ignores where he came from and just moves along. Hence our title: Right Hand of Doom, which explains how he's fated to br
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Jordan
Jun 24, 2008 Jordan rated it really liked it
Another strong collection of short stories, though they just don't have the punch to them that the ones in volume three have. Each has a solid premise, but seems to end before a satisfying conclusion is reached. I love Hellboy's flip attitude and the way not everything has to have a logical explanation, but it's hard to feel satisfied by three straight stories that end with a shrug and "There you go," "You never see something like that coming," and "How's that?"

This one also contains the first H
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Orrin Grey
Jun 08, 2010 Orrin Grey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, re-read, mignola
Maybe slightly less completely amazing than The Chained Coffin, The Right Hand of Doom still features a near-perfect collection of Hellboy short stories, including "Heads," "Goodbye, Mister Tod," and "Box Full of Evil."
Kirk
Jan 30, 2011 Kirk rated it really liked it
Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom

A demon . . .

A demon skeptical of paranormal phenomena who happens to love pancakes = formula for success.

Mignola is one of the few writer/artists who really knows what he's doing. In "The Nature of the Beast" Mignola says just as much through the paneling as he does through dialogue. Contained in only a few pages we find a solid plot, dramatic irony, depth of character and a delicate splice of various mythologies.

And that's only one of the many stories in this b
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Barry
Aug 15, 2015 Barry rated it it was amazing
I actually enjoyed this *more* than [i]The Chained Coffin and Others[/i]. Some goofiness is here, to be sure (although "Pancakes" is kind of amazing), but the somber title story, coupled with the definitive "Box Full of Evil," are so strong it's kind of hard to ignore the significance of this collection in the Hellboy canon.
Dean
Jul 05, 2015 Dean rated it it was amazing
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
Kumar Kutliev
Dec 10, 2014 Kumar Kutliev rated it liked it
This is the first comic I've read that stars Hellboy, and it was rather mediocre at best. It is a collection fo shrot stories, and yes, even the mai nstory is kind of a short story at most. The stories I found to be very interesting are King Vold and the ones where Hellboy's in Japan, with King Vold being my favourite, since it has all that darkness and mountains and the cool creatures and lore that I am sure Hellboy fans love. I liked the other short story for the same reason. The Right Hand of ...more
Mx. Coco
Jul 21, 2014 Mx. Coco rated it really liked it
This collection was a little hit or miss.

Pancakes--3/5 stars
Adorable!

The Nature of the Beast--4/5 stars
Really beautiful story. Really liked the folklore of the dragon and the interesting foreshadowing for the future.

King Vold--4/5 stars
Beserkers! Wolves! Wild Hunt! I liked that the end had kind of a twist...Mignola usually goes for straightforward and a little predictable.

Heads--3/5 stars
Average. I felt like the semi-broken english dialect of the Japanese guy was kind of cheap and lazy.

Goodbye,
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Canavan
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Eden
Like volume 3, this is a set of short stories involving Hellboy. Some are about cases he's on, or about his origins, which are so interesting to read. And I must admit that I love the first story very much. It's two pages long, but so funny! I won't say anything other than pancakes are involved.

I like all the stories, but I really enjoy the ones about Hellboy's origins. He's a really complex and interesting character. His origins are not like other superheroes. He's a demon and when you really t
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Wing Kee
Dec 25, 2014 Wing Kee rated it it was amazing
Keeping it rolling, with the awesome art, world building, story and mythology.

I'll keep it short and sweet as if you've read three books already you'll likely keep reading regardless of what I say:

World: Awesome, just as dense and interesting as the other three volumes. Just like the last volume, this is a short story collection that focuses on different characters and of course HB. The world is give more room to breath and as a result it is getting more and more dense in terms of detail. I love
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Amy
Jun 30, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books, fantasy
If these short story collections are teaching me anything, it's that I find Hellboy comics a lot more interesting when dealing with an ongoing story, rather than a one off adventure.

Hellboy is such an interesting and complex character, the stories that are only a few pages long and consist of some sort of monster throwing him through a wall only for him to get up and KO the badie with one punch seem like such a waste.

Which is probably why Right Hand of Doom and Box Full of Evil are my favourit
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Michael
May 02, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
I've said before that the best Hellboy you're going to read won't be the longer, multi-issue story arcs (though there are some really good ones out there, and they only get better as the series progresses), but the shorter stories, and this is the primary example of that that I can offer you. With the exception of "The Corpse", which is my absolute favorite Hellboy story ever, and is found in the previous volume, The Chained Coffin and Others, most of the best stuff is right here. I can't say en ...more
Matthew Brady
Feb 13, 2014 Matthew Brady rated it really liked it
Yup, it's more Hellboy. I like this one, which is a jaunt throughout his history that includes some hints and portents of his destiny, culminating in a story about him confronting his supposed role as the Beast of the Apocalypse. Lots of classic mythological imagery alongside the signature Mignola beat-em-ups. Now that I'm reading these earlier volumes, I think I'm finally able to understand the stuff that happened in the more recent books, where he dies fighting a giant dragon (spoiler alert!). ...more
Michael Emond
May 03, 2014 Michael Emond rated it liked it
Same kind of review as my one for the Chained Coffin. Art was lazy, and the stories were not very clever. Although, I will add that this one developed the backstory of Hellboy a lot better, especially with the last story. I just don't think I will ever appreciate and come to like Hellboy the way a whole legion of comic book readers have. Especially with a series as long as this it is astonishing how little I care about the poorly developed character of Hellboy even though superficially he is ext ...more
Artemiy Nizovtsev
Oct 25, 2015 Artemiy Nizovtsev rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dark-horse
Finally. This one I liked. Even though it is still just a collection of short stories, and I am generally not a fan of this format, but the stories were rather good here. And the main chunk of the book, Right hand of Doom/Box full of Evil, offered (finally) some insight into Hellboy's origins and backstory. This is what I wanted to see from the very beginning of the series. I am still very confused with the series chronology, it is all over the place. But at least I finally started to make some ...more
Marie
Oct 04, 2007 Marie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of awesome
More Varcolac!!!
Jeff
Nov 25, 2015 Jeff rated it it was amazing
It's Mike frikkin Mignola, of course it's good. I got in on the Hellboy train ride rather late. I discovered the series via the first movie, then went and got my hands on as much Hellboy material as I could manage, and I've been hooked ever since. Masterful story telling combined with thorough research of folklore, mythos, and the eras Hellboy finds himself in, it's a trip through a mine field, as each story explodes with the dark and hellish world within the world we live in.

Simply put, Awesom
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Jordan
As I mentioned ages past, I love Hellboy. And my library finally got another volume! Just a single one, for now, but that's okay. I eagerly devoured it. This volume was another anthology set, collecting a number of shorter pieces along with a couple longer one-off stories. As I stated last time, I think this shorter format really gives the character his best workout... The stories included here are:

--Pancakes (New Mexico, 1947). Young Hellboy is a picky eater. This one was done as a joke so that
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Lauren
Mar 30, 2016 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-comics, old
This is another collection of Hellboy shorts. Personally, I much prefer this one to The Chained Coffin And Others. It collects more of Hellboy's greatest hits, and as the centre-stone of the compilation Box Of Evil is vastly superior to Almost Colossus.

Pancakes, which starts out this volume, is an excellent example of Mignola's sense of humour. I love it. The second story, The Nature Of The Beast, is a fairly typical Hellboy short. It is one of the several stories in this edition that serve main
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Icats
Feb 17, 2009 Icats rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
For me this one is worth the read just for the 2-page story on Hellboy and pancakes. I probably don’t need to say anymore, but I guess I will.

This volume of is a compilation of short stories divided into 3 sections. I enjoyed the notes at the beginning of each section from the author/illustrator on the background and inspirations for the stories. A lot of them were based on mythology and folktales such as King Volmer, Saint Leonard the Hermit, a Romanian vampire, and the Saint Dunstan legend. In
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logankstewart
Aug 23, 2010 logankstewart rated it really liked it
The Right Hand of Doom is similar to Volume 3, in that it collects a few short folktales in the beginning of the book and one longer story arc, "The Right Hand of Doom," to finish the work.

Like the previous edition, the short stories are all beautiful renditions of global tales I've never heard. Mignola deals with mostly European folklore, but he also includes a Japanese story in this issue that I found beautiful and interesting.

One thing I really liked about this volume was the revelations of
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sabisteb
Jul 27, 2011 sabisteb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hörspiele
Nachdem schon Teil 7 der Hörspielereihe Hellboy aus Kurzgeschichten bestand, wird dieses Konzept nun auch im achten Teil fortgeführt. In Teil 7 gab es die übergreifenden Storybogen der Rechtfertigung von Reisekosten, die diese Kurzgeschichten zusammenhielt, in dieser achten Folge, werden hingegen nur 3 Kurzgeschichten aneinandergereiht.

1. Baba Jaga: Baba Jaga ist eine Figur der slavischen Märchenwelt. Sie reitet auf einem Mörser und wohnt in einem Haus, das auf Füßen steht. Für Hellboy ist sie j
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Andrew
Jun 02, 2008 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: yes-i-m-a-geek
This volume is again a collection of short stories. I think this is probably the weakest of the first four volumes. Which is not to say bad. The art is of course as great as ever.

Pancakes: Heh.

The Nature of the Beast: I wish this story expanded on a couple of the things going for it.

King Vold: This one of my favorite short stories if just for the end reward and its little epilogue.

Heads: I like the Japan idea. And this story does develop a bit of atmosphere. Overall too brief to really fall into
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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.

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