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Hellboy: The Lost Army (Hellboy Novels #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  536 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola wanted to take his comic book creation, the world's greatest paranormal investigator, into different territory. So he hooked up with Christopher Golden, author of Of Saints and Shadows to write a prose novel featuring Hellboy. The result is this 208-page story about a team of archeologists who head toward the Great Sand Sea near Libya to exhume ...more
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Mar 04, 2011 TK421 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Let me say that I am big big big fan of Hellboy. I love the story, the concept, even the character in movie and book and comic format. But HELLBOY: THE LOST ARMY did nothing for me. I found it rambled in too many spots and the story was just a jumbled mess.

I understand where Golden was trying to take this, and I can appreciate that, but if he would have simplified the storyline and remained true to the character of Hellboy, then this would hav come out much better.

Perhaps this "novel" was mere
Quentin Wallace
Oct 03, 2014 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first of the Hellboy novels, the Lost Army was very enjoyable. It contains everything you want from a Hellboy story, including a wide assortment of monsters! This volume includes Giant Spiders, Zombies, Ghosts, Werewolves, a Cthulhu tentacled creature as well as many more. Just a very well done novel, and if you enjoy the Hellboy comics I think you will love the novel. If you don't read comics, you should read this if you like horror and action as it has plenty of both, with some humor tosse ...more
Feb 07, 2016 Aranluc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Compré en pack las dos novelas de Hellboy por Christopher Golden y los dos recopilatorios de historias cortas de Hellboy, todo publicado por Norma, en un arrebato porque estaban muy baratos y porque qué puñeta, es Hellboy.

No es nada especial, el Hellboy de esta novela recuerda más al de la película que al original de los cómics, es demasiado hablador y gruñón, el de los cómics es un tío muy callado que te deja hablar tranquilamente hasta que se cansa y procede a mandarte a la mierda, puños por
Martin Pinkerton
The BLUFF: Fun enough, wouldn't read again but don't regret reading it, will likely read the sequel (since we already own it)

Equivalent of: reading an comic book with mature content
Ideal for: fans of the character and/or sci-fi occult stories, not young kids

This book was enjoyable enough. It's about a comic book character and read like a text version of a comic book. The original artist/creator drew the illustrations so that's a plus. I had bought it and its sequel for my oldest son years ago. I
Wing Kee
Dec 21, 2014 Wing Kee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hellboy and the Mignolaverse is just so dense and amazing that no matter the format the stories takes, if the writers understand it and respect it, you will have a wonderful story.

I've never read Christopher Golden's books, I've never even heard of him before this, but when Mignola announced that he would be writing HB's first novel format story I was very much intrigued. This is actually the third time I've read this book (so yes, expect me to say that it's pretty damn good) and every time I re
Will Redd
May 11, 2015 Will Redd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here we have the first Hellboy novel, officially sanctioned by Mike Mignola (who also illustrates). It took me a while to get a hold of this, since I was silly enough to let it go out of print on me, but now I have it.

This was also, I believe, the first appearance of Anastasia Bransfield, Hellboy's former love interest who calls when needed. Golden explores their story more in some of the other novels and stories he's written.

The story has everything you'd expect from a Hellboy tale; a lost Pers
Victor Espinosa
Aug 16, 2015 Victor Espinosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thumbs up for this book. Though it started off slow and choppy and it took me a while to like the characters, it really developed into a good story.
Pros: Great action. Chris Golden writes in short choppy sentences that don't work well with descriptive scenes, but make action and combat scenes work perfectly. He has great vocabulary to describe things correctly the first time, and paces the novel well. There is hardly a moment in the story where it feels boring or lax. The action is awesome, the
Jun 11, 2011 BookMarc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used to enjoy Hellboy prose novels more when they were published by Pocket Star Books. I don't know how much say a publisher has in choosing who will author their novels but overall the quality was far better with PSB than when the franchise moved over to Dark Horse Books. A good example of the better quality can be found in 'Hellboy: The Lost Army'.
We start off the book with a foreword by Hellboy's creator Mike Mignola. Not being much of a fanboy when it comes to authors, artists, actors or a
Kevin C Steele
I've had this one on my shelf for a couple of years and finally decided to read it when I was fiending for some Hellboy fun. I thoroughly enjoy the movies, as well as the occasional graphic novel. I've also been a long-time fan of pulp characters such as "The Spider" and "Doc Savage", so I figured Hellboy would be perfect for the "illustrated novel" treatment. Admittedly, this was my second attempt at this book, as it didn't hook me the first time. But, this time it got me and it was just what ...more
Apr 12, 2015 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe this was the first Hellboy novelization, and it's certainly still one of the best. Golden does an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the comics, and all of the characters rang true to me. The plot is more complex and detailed than could be done in graphics form, and this edition includes many terrific illustrations. It's a real page-turner!
Aug 30, 2016 Jeb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't have much to say about Hellboy: The Lost Army. It's about what you'd expect. Maybe a little less than, since I was expecting the writing to be a little stronger than it ended up being. Not that it needed to be a literary masterpiece--I just thought that some of the prose felt a little silly at times. The story is good enough, pretty gripping especially as you get to the end. The book poses some interesting questions about the Hellboy mythos, given that it's considered more or less canon, ...more
Camilo Guerra
Apr 04, 2014 Camilo Guerra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

El libro suda Pulp en cada pagina:

-Ejercitos antiguos perdidos, zombies con espadas y hachas, mounstruos Lovecraft style, arañas, oh asquerosas arañas, brujos, ciudades perdidas, además de estar acompañado por preciosas imagenes de Mike Mignola.

¿como no amar este libro?
Dony Grayman
Sep 22, 2016 Dony Grayman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: decto, saldos, ed-esp
Edición española, Colección Brainstorming #6.
Primera novela del universo Hellboy, que a su vez inspiró el guion de la segunda película.
Dec 11, 2012 gazoo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luv the character and give 'em hell boy name. My first novel on this comic commando. The storyline felt a little predictable with all the usual suspects a la the risen army of dead zombies (been there in Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean and countless others). Actually enjoyed the writing but wish it was just a bit darker and descriptive like a Conan novel. What really rocked was the bad ass with horns getting heart burn from a female interest. Adds a nice dimension to his hellish pers ...more
Loved it like any other Hellboy story. The illustrations were a nice touch. Christopher Golden can write Hellboy.
Wetdryvac Wetdryvac
A fun quick read.
Chris Morrow
Nov 19, 2013 Chris Morrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was a fun read, not particularly like the movie, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing.
Enjoyed reading this though, I came at hellboy from the movie side of things, not being a comicbook reader until later in life.
Quentin Norris
A decent pulpy ride. Mignolia's illustrations are great but I wish he'd written it too. Golden's style gets stale near the end, but picks up again in the last few pages.
Joshua Mcdonald
Dec 29, 2013 Joshua Mcdonald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
hellboy is good.
I did not enjoy this Hellboy novelization as much as I have the others. The story did not flow well, in my opinion.
Nyx Seraphim
Mar 13, 2014 Nyx Seraphim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was interesting to get some backstory into HB's former relationships. Definitely a good book
Mar 04, 2008 Kione rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh man. If this isn't the 2nd movie, it's GOTTA be the 3rd.
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Novela de Hellboy en edición española.
Danaleox Bongiovanni
I read this in one week fun.
Feb 09, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Golden is the man!
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more
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