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Hellboy, Vol. 3: The Chained Coffin and Others (Hellboy #3)

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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, 176 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Dark Horse (first published 1998)
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The heat is on!!!

This third TPB edition features “Hellboy” #5-6, 12-14, along with a pin-up gallery.

The general rating is an average result of individual ratings given to each short story contained here.

Creative Team:

Creator, Writer & Illustrator: Mike Mignola


I have to admit that I wasn’t that impressed on the first two TPBs, Seed of Destruction & Wake the Devil. They were well done, but they lacked of character development and since it was the beginning of t
Feb 24, 2016 Stephen rated it it was ok

I really liked the two volumes of Hellboy, but this one was just a disappointment i expected a large story like the previous two but instead it were just a bunch of short stories and just towards the end the story picks up where it ended.

First Hellboy needs to get a baby back from the fairy folk and to do he needs to bury a dead body before daybreak. However there is one problem none of the graveyards want the dead body.

In the second story he has to deal with a fairy with iron shoes, the legenda
First Second Books
Read this weekend most of HELLBOY: THE CHAINED COFFIN AND OTHERS, and adored it. It's embarrassing how late I am to loving Hellboy.
Dec 28, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing
This is the book that forever sold me on how cool Hellboy is. I never looked back.
Melissa McShane
Aug 05, 2015 Melissa McShane rated it it was amazing
Re-read 8/1/15: I'm increasing my rating of the collection because I appreciate the thematic unity better than I did before. Each of these stories is based in folklore to some degree, underlining the series' commitment to myth and legend as opposed to the companion series B.P.R.D., which emphasizes the paranormal investigator aspect. I still love "The Wolves of August," but this time I was also drawn to "A Christmas Underground," which is a very creepy variation on The Twelve Dancing Princesses. ...more
Mar 14, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
I think this may be the volume that's gotten me hooked to Hellboy. I love the way Mignola uses folklore as a starting point to his stories. (And I loved the notes he added to this collection.) Most of the stories here are very short, but none of them felt too short, or stretched out, for that matter. The Corpse in particular was nearly perfect in every way. The character of Hellboy makes for a great lead in these sorts of stories: professional and personable. My one criticism is how Mignola hand ...more
Apr 29, 2009 Icats rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have read Hellboy 1, then 4, then 2, and just finished 3, because why would you want to do that chronological thing? Hellboy 3 is like Hellboy 4: (or should that be the other way around?), where at the beginning of each section there are notes from author/illustrator, Mike Mignola, on his inspirations for the stories. I enjoyed the notes as much as I did the stories because they go into the mythology and folklore he used as the basis for the them.

The stories in this volume include The Corpse,
Aug 05, 2016 Catherine rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The short story format works perfectly for Hellboy. Not only does it allow Mignola to explore a larger amount of folklore but it suits the investigative world of the characters perfectly. I was about to name the highlights of the collection but then I realized I'd only be leaving 2 of them out in the process. Each one is fantastic but my favorites were "The Corpse", "A Christmas Underground", "The Wolves of St. August" and "Almost Colossus". "The Corpse" more than any had a very memorable feel t ...more
Artemiy Nizovtsev
While Hellboy has a great big plot that runs through all of the 12 main volumes, several of those volumes, indicated by "and other stories" in the title, collect short stand-alone comics that Mike Mignola has written for many different kinds of magazines, anthologies and comic books over the years. This is the first such volume. And it's a brilliant one! It collects some of the best Hellboy stories, such as The Corpse, Iron Shoes, The Baba Yaga, The Chained Coffin, Almost Colossus — all of them ...more
This is the third and certainly the thickest "Hellboy" collection which apparently seeks to compile all material not included in "Seed of Destruction" or "Wake the Devil". I personally think it's a great start for somebody like myself who hasn't read "Hellboy" before.

Mike Mignola's story notes accompany the long out-of-print one-shots "Wolves of Saint August" and "The Corpse and the Iron Shoes," as well as "A Christmas Underground."

"The Chained Coffin," is featured in color for the first time,
Aug 09, 2010 logankstewart rated it really liked it
The Chained Coffin and Others is different from the previous two volumes in the Hellboy saga. Volume 3 is a collections of small vignettes that re-tells folktales Mike Mignola has come across. One such example is "The Chained Coffin," which stems from an Irish folktale the author once read.

Like the first two collections, this volume is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully scripted. The colors are still rich and dark, capturing the essence of the gothic-horror feel. The characters are getting
Mar 30, 2016 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: old
This volume collects a number of shorter Hellboy stories. The short story format works well for Hellboy, I think, but I still prefer the longer miniseries. Very few comics could hold my interest over only a few pages the way Hellboy does, but the stories themselves are hit-and-miss.

The first story here, The Corpse, is a masterpiece. Craig Russell, who writes the introduction, calls it Mignola's best, and while I disagree, it's certainly in the running. The Iron Shoes, which follows it, is mostly
Feb 23, 2015 Helmut rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Von Leichen, Hexen und Wölfen
Hellboy ist ein beschäftigter Mann. Als wichtigster Agent des BPRD wird er immer wieder zu kleineren Scharmützeln gerufen, oder zu den Aufgaben, die außer ihm keiner erledigen kann. Dafür zu sorgen, dass ein Wechselbalg wieder rückgetauscht wird, dass ein verspukter Ort endlich wieder betreten werden kann oder eine Familie nach monströser Entführung wieder zusammengeführt wird - Hellboy ist auch für die sentimentalen Momente zu haben.

Viel Folklore, viel Schwarz, vie
This volume has more than one story in it. One story hints (pretty big hints, if you ask me) at Hellboy's origin. What's really quite cool about the stories is that Mike Mignola has gotten inspiration from folktales and each of the stories are loosely based on some of the tales he has read.

Again with this volume like the first two, I see some things that were used in the movies. For example, the first story has the corpse that Hellboy carries on his back.

I enjoyed this as much as Seed of Destr
Oct 24, 2015 ada rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
the Hellboy books have such a unique feeling and i think the chained coffin really expresses it. the corpse especially is one of my favourite Hellboy stories because it really captures the feel of the Hellboy universe. the way Mignola draws, the colours and the dialogue create this perfectly eerie atmosphere that i love, i could read this book hundreds of times and get the same spooky feeling.

almost colossus has this huge, grand feeling that balances with very real emotions, which is another th
David Leslie
Feb 07, 2016 David Leslie rated it it was amazing
A collection of Hellboy short stories with 'The Corpse','A Christmas Underground' & 'Almost Colosus'being my personal highlights.The Hellboy series in its entirety is comic perfection and these shorts show why.As always Mike Mignolas art is the best comics has to offer IMO.sidenote-go for the library editions,it's well worth the extra tenner/15dollars(pick a currency )for the oversized art and excellent binding quality,plus you also get the next T.P.B included 'The red Hand of Doom' but if y ...more
Oct 15, 2009 Travis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
Nice collection of Hellboy short stories.
I think I enjoy these to the bigger stories.

More of a sense of fun and adventure. Mignola seems to think a big story must be treated very seriously.
I prefer just seeing Hellboy beat up a monster or solve a mystery than ponder his place in the world and get all angsty about the dark forces and all of Hellboys inner turmoil.

Jared Gillins
Sep 05, 2013 Jared Gillins rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
These trade collections keep getting better and better. This one was a collection of shorter stories, and I really enjoyed each one. Mignola found a rich well of storytelling material and I love seeing him develop it and explore the creative potential of Hellboy and his universe. Can't wait to read the next one.
Orrin Grey
Jun 08, 2010 Orrin Grey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, re-read, mignola
In a lot of ways the Hellboy series is at its best in the shorter, stand-alone stories, and many of the best of those are contained here. "The Corpse," "A Christmas Underground," "The Wolves of Saint August," and "Almost Colossus" are all among my favorites.
Timothy Boyd
Dec 31, 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 12, 2007 Marie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers and fighters
Oh Hellboy, I love you so. I want to engage in paranormal activities with you...<3<3<3
Joshua Palmatier
Aug 14, 2016 Joshua Palmatier rated it liked it
The Corpse: Ok, this tale was kind of basic, playing off of some rather well-known stories of the fae, like stealing a baby, replacing it with a changling, the use of iron to expose them, etc. Then there’s Jenny as a character, another common folkish creature from that area. So in terms of the players and plot, it was kind of plain. Granted, it’s a short story, so it needs to be plain. I hadn’t heard of the pig creature, and if there’s some kind of folklore behind all of the places that he visit ...more
Oct 12, 2016 Maia rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This is more a collection of short stories than a direct follow up to the first two Hellboy volumes but boy does it have some good ones! "The Corpse" is an action-packed run through of a number of Irish myths. "The Baba Yaga" recounts Hellboy's first run in with the best known Russian witch. Kate Corrigan makes appearances in two different stories and in both of them the floor of an old monastery collapses under Hellboy. The final story in the book and one of the longest is about Liz Sherman, an ...more
Elizabeth Fama
Mike Mignola is my 17 year-old son's hero, and now he's mine. He's famous for the longer Hellboy stories, of course, but the short stories in The Chained Coffin and Others are a great medium for him. His interests lie in old folk tales (English, Irish, and Scottish, but also Eastern European), and pulp fiction, and all of these things – coupled with his innate sense of humor and Hellboy's total irreverence for mega-powerful demons and ghouls – make it an unusually satisfying soup in compact dose ...more
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
Ashley Lynn
Oct 17, 2016 Ashley Lynn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Hellboy Fans
Recommended to Ashley by: Liked the first 2 books.
4 Stars

Volume 3 of Hellboy does something a little differently than the previous 2 volumes: It doesn’t focus on a straight storyline. Instead, it has 6 mini-stories that focus on different folklore. Hellboy finds himself in situations that he’s both used to and that are also foreign to him. These mini-stories follow the same tone and style as the previous volumes, but this volume explores something entirely new. Open a copy to see for yourself.

This was my most-enjoyed Hellboy comic that I’ve rea
This is so far my favorite collection of Hellboy comics. Instead of a long, cosmically-significant storyarc, here we have a number of shorter works--vignettes, even. This collection is really an anthology, collecting various one-offs or short serials Mignola created as backups to other features. While I enjoy the longer storyarcs, I think for my money that Hellboy works best in this format. Introduce monster, give backstory for monster, have Hellboy fight monster, get his butt kicked, and finall ...more
Brendan Nicholls
Sep 17, 2016 Brendan Nicholls rated it really liked it
Not a huge fan of one shots but Hellboy tends to take stories from real folklores so this was interesting. There is a link to the previous book with Liz which all the fans need to read for the mythology. I enjoy the Hellboy series and really like world Mignola has built here, the supporting characters are just as interesting as the lead character. This book doesn't do much for the continuation of the core storyline but it is fun to read as these are some of the early Hellboy introductions. I was ...more
Jun 30, 2007 Kevin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Reader Friendly Noir Fans | Sword and Sorcery Fans
Shelves: fantasy
This is basically a generic review of all the HellBoy and HellBoy related books.

Fact is, they're intricately connected. Even the stories which were one shots, they become part of the HellBoy character.

Relying more on imagery than senseless exposition, Mike Mignola manages to bring a bit of Noir to his Detective in Red, as he fights the minions of darkness. Despite the obvious "demon turned hero who fights hell," noir feel, these HellBoy comics are less disturbing than the last few years of mains
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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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