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

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  5,664 ratings  ·  101 reviews
At the end of World War II, American costumed-adventurer Lobster Johnson led an Allied attack on Hitler's space program, but not before the Nazis were able to launch the first man into space. Now, after sixty years, Hellboy is partnered with an artifical man - a Frankenstein's monster implanted by Bureau scientists with a bomb - to travel to the ruined castle in Norway to ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 144 pages
Published February 4th 2004 by Dark Horse Books (first published 2002)
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Sesana
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.
Melissa Proffitt
This fifth volume picks up the main storyline from Hellboy: Seed of Destruction and Hellboy: Wake the Devil and represents a big turning point in the series, one which resulted in the "spin-off" series B.P.R.D. The story moves away from the original paranormal-detective concept and starts to take on some of the more mythic aspects explored in the short stories. I like the change. The thing that drew me to the series originally was the paranormal investigative agency idea, but what kept me readin ...more
Stephen Theaker
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
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
Ian Hrabe
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
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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Mx. Coco
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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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 Ho
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.
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
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.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
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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Wilson Lanue
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, fo
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Lauren
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
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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.
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
William Redd
The introduction to Lobster Johnson, which occurs here as part of his final adventure, is one of the many things that makes this story great. I think this was actually the first Hellboy story I read. Dark Horse had yet to release numbered collections of trades at the time, and this one just piqued my curiosity. It's got everything that makes Hellboy great; Nazis, Lovecraftian terrors from deep space, pulp action, and Roger the Homunculus.

Also, I've always been a fan of Herman Von Klempt as a vil
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Michael Nash
*2nd reading*
When I went through this volume the 1st time I remember being unimpressed, but this second read through has been a real blast. I love the Lovecraft-ness of the plot (Nazis launch a secret spacecraft manned by a dead scientist in order to provide a vessel for the monsters that reside in the Ether, which is coming back to Earth some 70 years later), the Indian Jones-ness of Hellboy's reaction to the Nazis (when he discovers that an old man is wearing an SS uniform, he yells "NAZI" and
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William Weaver
Easily the best in the series so far. Conquerer Worm is a huge Hellboy experience which transforms book 1 from a Lovecraft love letter into something that makes total sense in the context of the world. The characters are solid in this and it gives a lot of screen time to other awesome heroes such as Lobster Johnson. I'm glad I stuck with the series because everything in this book was awesome.
Jordan
The finest, most fully-realized of all the longer stories also happened to be the first Hellboy series I bought off the comic racks back in 2001. I had no clue about any of the backstory and only a vague knowledge of the character, but was fully enthralled by the funky ghost story, which I appreciate even more rereading now. I have no affinity for Lovecraftian horror, with great slumbering beasts covered in tentacles, but somehow the way Mignola combines that sort of monster with the conventions ...more
Sarah
Each season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer had a "Big Bad", a major villain around whom the season revolved. Most episodes furthered that plot, but interspersed among the plot-propelling episodes were one-offs concerning smaller bad guys and micro themes. Since Buffy was a good show, even those episodes often fed into the larger theme, albeit more subtly. Hellboy works in a similar way. Things that seem insignificant in a short story may become part of the larger plot at a later point. And like in ...more
Elissa
I think I maybe just haven't read enough Hellboy to be fully into this. I really dig Mignola's art and Stewart's color. Also love everything with Roger. There's a lot of really, really good stuff here but I think missing a lot of the backstory kept me from being fully engaged. I think I need to read a little more and then revisit this one.
Jeff
How can I put this? Mike Mignola's character Hellboy is a work of genius. A demon raised by humans to protect humanity, yet foretold by many to be the harbinger of Armageddon, Hellboy travels the world facing investigating, and often combating, the supernatural.

Conqueror Worm follows this successful formula. Hellboy and the humonculus Roger travel to a deserted castle where the Nazis performed an unspeakable act fifty years ago...an act which might bring about the end of the world in a matter of
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Jake
Oh man, I really, really dug this one. Hellboy stories are just better with Nazis, kind of like Indiana Jones. I like all the small weird stories of the occult and the other-worldly evils, but Nazis are just the perfect villains. It's easy to find no redeeming quality in them, especially when they try to harness the supernatural for evil. It's really just the sinister mystics that bargained work for the Nazis who live on, way after the war ended, that are the maniac foes at large. They knew that ...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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