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Hellboy, Vol. 5: Conqueror Worm (Hellboy #5)

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,720 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
Dark Horse presents new editions of the entireHellboyline with new covers, beginning withSeed of Destruction, the basis of director Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film.Hellboyis 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 nume ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 144 pages
Published February 4th 2004 by Dark Horse Books (first published 2002)
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Melissa McShane
Aug 07, 2015 Melissa McShane rated it it was amazing
Re-read 8/3/15: See below. This is probably my favorite of the books; it deals with questions of free will and humanity, what they mean and what we do with them. In this second read-through of the series, I'm more conscious of how steeped in folklore it was from the beginning, but Conqueror Worm goes back to the origins of the series, bringing back some of our old Nazi friends and the constantly looming threat of the Ogdru Jahad, and I find that very satisfying. And I absolutely love Roger the g ...more
Sesana
Aug 14, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, comics
In a way, this volume feels like Mignola threw his entire basket of weird and creepy at us. And yet, somehow, it all works. Yes, there are Nazi zombies and ghosts and aliens and... Still, it works. And somehow, Mignola still has time to delve into Hellboy's character, more than in most of the previous volumes. And did I mention that it looks great? Because it does, it looks fantastic.
Barry
Aug 16, 2015 Barry rated it it was amazing
Easily the best single-volume story in the Hellboy canon up until this point. Occultism, science fiction horror, Nazis, cosmic terror, ancient sorcery - everything that makes the pulps great are in full form here.
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Gee, I wish I'd had time to write this review sooner, because my brain can be like a sieve. I'll do my best, two weeks down the road.

It's fairly obvious that I am a big fan of Mike Mignola, so the four star rating is not unexpected. I love me some Hellboy, which sounds really strange to say, but there it is.

Hellboy faces his past head on in this fifth installment in the series. He is confronted with his identity and how others may see him as he becomes an advocate for Roger, a homunculus who is
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Stephen Theaker
Oct 09, 2008 Stephen Theaker rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable tale, mixing Captain America, Lovecraft and the Doom Patrol with a touch of Shazam. It's easy to see the influence of those other comics, but then those are our modern legends, the modern equivalents of the more ancient myths with which Mignola also works.

This was the first Hellboy book I've read for which Mike Mignola was entirely responsible, and the tone was strikingly confident and consistent. There's still the odd page that left me casting around to see what was going on, b
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Matthew Brady
Feb 20, 2014 Matthew Brady rated it liked it
This volume is kind of weird, incorporating aliens and extradimensional, Lovecraftian creatures into the ongoing Hellboy mythology. It kind of works, but I think I prefer when the series takes a more mythological approach, which, if I remember correctly, is where the series mostly went in subsequent volumes. Still, lots of good action, some nice character moments with Roger the Homunculus, Lobster Johnson, and even some interesting smaller bits with Rasputin, Hecate, and Baba Yaga. Now I'm going ...more
Nicholas
Mar 30, 2015 Nicholas rated it really liked it
Whoops, accidentally read this ahead of Volume 4, but I don't think it matters all that much. Conqueror Worm is dreadfully awesome. Evocative of Indiana Jones, HP Lovecraft, and the macabre poetry of Poe (intentional) all at once, with a human element as Mignola develops Roger toward humanhood as probably the most likable of the BPRD crew. Ends with a pretty momentous cliffhanger, but I don't feel that compulsion to find out what's next in store for Hellboy. These books are just fun and imaginat ...more
Jordan
In the early days of WWII, while Rasputin was scheming to bring Hellboy to our world, Herman Von Klempt and some of his colleagues sought a more direct route to the apocalypse. There are non-corporeal beings living out among the stars, many of whom would love to end life across the universe if only given a body. The Nazis sent them one...a dead man, a hollow shell they could inhabit. Now that capsule is heading back to Earth, bearing with it the conqueror worm....

Not sure why, but this one just
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D.M.
Feb 23, 2015 D.M. rated it liked it
I have kind of an odd relationship with Hellboy. I was there when the first story came out, and I loved it. With Lovecraftian monsters, a demon-born hero in classic 1940s pulp form and a generous helping of occult background, all served up in Mignola's signature heavy-black style, how could I not get into it? However, it soon became apparent Hellboy was going to be a full-time occupation, just to keep up with his adventures. So, I handed my early issues over to a friend, and just watched from a ...more
Ian Hrabe
Nov 05, 2014 Ian Hrabe rated it it was amazing
By far my favorite Hellboy story so far. In this trade, Mignola finds himself absolutely locked into a groove with a zen understanding of what the Hellboy series is supposed to be. It's a weird series that's hard to pin down. I mean, the main villain in the Conqueror Worm storyline is a Nazi head in a jar that can shoot little lasers and is summoning a world destroying worm from outer space. It's also extremely witty which makes the tone difficult to pin down. This was a problem with the Hellboy ...more
Gavin
Jun 01, 2014 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Mike Mignola and Hellboy just keep chugging on, doing everything right in their little niche. (Horror/Paranormal/Historical/Mythic Action/Black Comedy?)

Anyhow, this is a full story covering the whole volume. Hellboy and Roger the Homunculus are sent into an old castle where the Nazis managed to lauch a rocket into space at the start of 1939. The castle was destroyed at the time, but the spirits of many involved were still there. They are sent in to investigate by BPRD because the rocket has been
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Michael
Mar 28, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
This is probably my favorite of all the full-length story arcs, at least in the first half of the Hellboy series. This volume is a game-changer, in a lot of ways, since it divides everything that came before from everything that comes after. The first half of the series sets up Hellboy and the rest of the B.P.R.D, and develops the mythology of the Lovecraftian monsters and Rasputin's quest to free them from their eternal prisons in space. We get a resolution of sorts on that story here, at least ...more
Mx. Coco
Jul 23, 2014 Mx. Coco rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Wow, such a great book! This is the highest rating I've given a Hellboy book so far, and it's a huge improvement over the two full mini series that we've seen so far (as opposed to the two collections of shorts).

I liked the Edgar Allen Poe quotes that were woven into the story in a creepy sort of foreboding way. And we see everything from a giant phantasmagoric caterpillar/worm to aliens to Nazis to ghosts to Lobster Johnson to our friends Rasputin, Hecate, and Baba Yaga. There is A LO
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Artemiy Nizovtsev
Oct 25, 2015 Artemiy Nizovtsev rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, dark-horse
Ugh. I just can't get over how unexciting and primitive Hellboy is. I don't get all the hype. All the stories are the same: some great evil is about to rise, Hellboy falls through some floor, then the evil rises, then Hellboy beats the shit out of it. And there is Rasputin and nazis in there somewhere, sometimes.

And even Mignola's art, which everyone universally raves on about, is not that good. It is ok on still scenes and is a matter of taste, but when it comes to battle scenes, which there a
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Adriana
En verdad es 3.5 estrellas.

La historia es cautivadora, con detalles que emergen con cada lectura. Sin embargo, la constante necesidad de presentar escenas retrospectivas para explicar como llegaron los personajes a ciertos puntos interrumpe el flujo de la historia y arruina el efecto.

Tambien me molesto el uso constante de siluetas sobre fondo obscuro. Mientras ayuda a crear el ambiente “noir” de la historia, hay momentos en los que las siluetas no son lo suficientemente distintivas y el lector q
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Wing Kee
Jan 10, 2015 Wing Kee rated it it was amazing
Before the B.P.R.D. books started, this is without a doubt the best long HB story.

This was the book that defined and changed the world of HB forever, the consequences of this book and the characters of this book would forever alter the single character book that was Hellboy into the wider world of the B.P.R.D. this book is awesome:

World: It's Mignola, the colours the framing is top notch, as it the world building. Once again we are taken to a weird and interesting local and let loose to explore.
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Eden
Adventurer Lobster Johnson led an attack on Hitler's space program, but not before they already sent one man into space.

Now, sixty years later Hellboy along with Roger are sent a ruined castle to stop the returning space capsule.

This volume has chapters and follows one storyline, instead of just having short stories like some previous volumes. It was in the first volume, I believe, that there was a glimpse of aliens in space. Well, this volume explains how they are involved in the story. And hon
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B.C.
Jun 24, 2014 B.C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit of a Hellboy fanboy so take this review as a grain of salt.

The art is always fantastic. Mignola has some of the most original art on the market.

The story of this novel got a little chopy at times. It would go from info dump to action to info dump and the transitions were not always smooth. I do like that Mignola refrences things that happen in previous stories. It helps me realize what they are talking about.

What i liked about this story is that the typical Hellboy story took place (N
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Blake
Jun 13, 2010 Blake rated it it was amazing
First Mignola/Hellboy I ever read. Loved the story, not so much the art, but it gradually grew on me. Since then read any BPRD, HELLBOY, or ABE SAPIEN I can get my comic book hands on.
Amy
Jul 04, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books, fantasy
Roger's back! I love Roger.

After two volumes of (mostly) unrelated shorts, this got us back into the ongoing plot, that being the (eventual?) freeing of the Ogdru Jahad, aka the dragons that are going to bring about the end of the world.

There's a lot of mystery here, with enough loose ends tied up to make it satisfying, but not so many questions answered that it becomes too tidy. Who was the helpful alien? What the hell was going on with ghost Lobster Johnson? Is this really the end of Rasputi
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Wilson Lanue
Mar 06, 2014 Wilson Lanue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, graph-com
So far, this is my favorite of the full-length Hellboy stories. ( Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil are the other two I've read.) Good story, fun action, superb pacing, and a great balance of Hellboy, Roger the Homunculus, and Lobster Johnson.

The volume is dedicated to "Doc Savage, the Shadow, the Spider, and the men who wrote them. And for the original 11 1/2-inch G.I. Joe." Once again, Mignola proves he can outdo his heroes while paying them tribute.

Now for my commentary on the title,
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Lauren
Mar 30, 2016 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: old
This book contains Nazi ghosts from outer space. Yes, read that sentence again, will you? Let it sink in. I don't think I need say much more.

This volume isn't as subtly beautiful in its language and pacing as the first two main Hellboy books, but it more than makes up for it with the depth it gives to the characters, and of course it has all the same delicious absurdity. I think perhaps the plot of Hellboy can be difficult to follow for some (though not for me), but the trick is to just lose you
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Icats
May 22, 2009 Icats rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Hellboy and his colleague Roger the Homunculus, who we were introduced to in Hellboy 3’s Almost Colossus, are sent to investigate the ruins of a castle in Austria where Nazis conducted scientific experiments under the direction of our favorite mad scientist, that crazy head in a glass jar, Herman Von Klempt. Their experiments included launching a space capsule that in the future will land back on earth with an evil spirit from the stars that will put an end to mankind as we know it. Well, as you ...more
logankstewart
Dec 15, 2010 logankstewart rated it it was amazing
Hellboy Volume 5: Conqueror Worm returns to the narrative story of Hellboy and the BPRD after a few issues of short, folk stories. Hellboy, along with Roger the Homunculus, gets a new mission to go to a haunted castle in Germany and see what's going on. Apparently a Nazi space capsule is headed right for it, and Hellboy needs to stop whatever evil plans are in store.

This book is a beautiful story in the Hellboy universe. Right from the beginning, with the opening lines taken from Poe's "Ligeia"
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Kevin
Jun 30, 2007 Kevin rated it it was amazing
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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Tyler Hill
Jul 24, 2013 Tyler Hill rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
AKA: In which Mignola goes for broke.

Of all the Hellboy stories I've read (though, honestly, I've only read 5 or 6 trades now), this one is definitely the most over the top. As other reviewers mention, Mignola just piles on the weird and wild concepts ranging from: Floating heads in jars, Nazi space programs, cyborg gorillas, formless space giants, Roger the Homunculus, Lobster Johnson and over course the titular Conqueror Worm... which is basically a giant phantasmagorical caterpillar.

The sto
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Josh
Dec 21, 2014 Josh rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Lobster Johnson! Frankenstein Gorilla! Nazis! A head in a floating jar that shoots lasers! While his plotting is getting repetitive at this point, Hellboy continues to be a compelling read, in large part because the visuals just keep getting better. The coloring has been getting more striking as this series progresses. The story this time around was even more pulpy and fun, but there's still plenty of that signature Hellboy dark atmosphere and cosmic horror dread you know and love.
Richard Farley
May 25, 2014 Richard Farley rated it it was amazing
In the 5th limited Hellboy series, Hellboy teams up with an oversized homunculus(google it) and the ghost of a superhero from World war 2 to take down a Head in a jar nazi scientist trying to summon a cosmic monster from outer space. If that sentence doesn't appeal to you, then don't bother reading this book or review.

What's not to like here? This is Hellboy at his finest, and in my opinion the way he and his stories should be: fightin nazis and lovecraftian monsters.
J.
Sep 03, 2013 J. rated it it was amazing
September, 2013, (at least) second reading. I've been on a whole Hellboy kick lately, re-reading some of the original trades. (I even picked up a biography of Rasputin, out of curiosity's sake, and a biography of Lovecraft.) And, man, this volume is good. The conqueror worm is gorgeous; it heavily involves Roger, my favorite BPRD-universe character, and the plotline is just crazy wacky. This strikes me as the most 'pulp' Hellboy adventure, maybe partly because of the nazi space program, or the h ...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.

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