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Hellboy, Vol. 9: The Wild Hunt (Hellboy #9)

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When ancient giants begin to reawaken in the British Isles, Hellboy is invited to join an ancient band of fellow monster hunters called the Wild Hunt and help bring them down. But an unexpected betrayal sends Hellboy after a quarry far more deadly: the Queen of Blood, first seen in 2007's best-selling Hellboy: Darkness Calls. This newly reborn evil has her murderous sights ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 192 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Dark Horse Books (first published 2010)
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Melissa McShane
Aug 11, 2015 Melissa McShane rated it really liked it
As usual, the team of Mignola and Fegredo serve up a beautiful, haunting story rooted in folklore, this time featuring their take on the Wild Hunt and Herne the Hunter. It's longer than most of the others, which is suitable because it's a bigger story in which the folklore is paired with several revelations about Hellboy's origins, hinted at in earlier books. We also learn who the mysterious new queen of the otherworldly creatures is, the Gruagach becomes a little more understandable (if not ter ...more
Sam Quixote
Sep 19, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
Hellboy comes out of hiding to take part in the Wild Hunt where giants are hunted and beheaded. This leads to a bigger story where his life's purpose is brought up, his heritage is revealed, and his destiny is presented to him. A new enemy, a dead blood witch, is raising an army to slaughter England and Hellboy needs to take up his mantle and raise an army to fight them.

Duncan Fegredo once again takes over the art with Mike Mignola scripting the story. Fegredo is, I'm convinced, one of the best
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J.G. Keely
Aug 14, 2012 J.G. Keely rated it really liked it
It's hard to overstate how impressed I continue to be with Fegredo's artwork as this series continues. He took in Mignola's style, refined it, and recreated something which perfectly captures that feel--which is somehow even more Mignola than the original. The fact that his work on other books explores completely different styles with equal effectiveness has left me with the strong impression that he is one of the most skilled artists working in the medium today.

I'm also glad that Mignola has be
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[Name Redacted]
Nothing is as it seems when giants rise from the dead, faerie courts lose their kings, and Hellboy learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished. Possibly the best "Hellboy" story in ages, full of stunning revelations, shocking betrayals, terrifying new foes, heartbreaking choices and a spectacular mixture of Hellboy's past, present & future.

While the "B.P.R.D" series faces the coming apocalypse with unflagging seriousness, "Hellboy" is a beautiful mixture of light and dark. The tit
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Steven Harbin
Finished this one in two sittings at my local bookstore cafe. I think it's the best Hellboy in a while. I particularly liked how Mignola returned to much of the mythological and fantastic threads or themes from "The Corpse" and "Darkness Calls". Artist Duncan Fegredo did an excellent job of capturing the Hellboy gothic feel that Mignola did in the best of the series. Some new characters are introduced, with some old ones re-appearing. I think those people who are already Hellboy fans will really ...more
Martha
Dec 27, 2010 Martha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The only problem with this Hellboy installment is the ending cliffhanger! I want to know what happens! ;p

Okay, that aside, this is definitely one of the most enjoyable Hellboy editions, along with Wake the Devil and Darkness Calls. The references to mythology and folklore are bountiful and varied. I also loved how bit players from previous stories are included in the major plotline; it was unexpected and I wonder if Mignola knew what was going to happen all along or if it just ended up fitting t
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Sesana
Oct 14, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, comics
Directly following up Darkness Calls, this volume follows up on the story thread of the new witch queen, which had run in the background in the previous volume. It also explores Hellboy's maternal line, and sets up what will probably be another interesting phase in Hellboy's life. The pace wasn't perfect, but overall, I was very happy with this installment. I'm still loving Fegredo's art.
Canavan
Feb 26, 2015 Canavan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Orrin Grey
Mar 19, 2010 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, mignola
I've spent the last few days trying to articulate or quantify my feelings about The Wild Hunt. It's pretty much the biggest turning point in the Hellboy universe up 'til now, and a lot of stuff happens in these eight issues. It's good, of course, but it's also a lot to take in and contextualize. I have a feeling that I won't really know how I feel about it until a little bit down the road.

Some of the stuff that happens here sounds, on paper, like decisions I might not like, but Mignola pulls off
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Mel
Jul 03, 2015 Mel rated it really liked it
This was an interesting one. Hellboy and British folklore. Arthurian legends are definitely over done, but I still found myself enjoying this. I liked the different depictions of the witches, all the dead women, the wild hunt. At first it seemed like another fighting issue but it turned more interesting quite quickly. I'm not sure how much I actually like the idea of Hellboy as the hier to the English throne, and descendent of King Arthur, that seemed a bit silly. But overall I enjoyed it anyway ...more
Mandy
Apr 07, 2010 Mandy rated it really liked it
Shelves: comicsandmanga
While the cliffhanger ending left me gnashing my teeth, I'm pretty sure that I'm gonna have to see how the entire multi-arc plays out. I like where some of this is going, but I'm not sure I like ALL of it... I mean, we've got a lot of mythos balls in the air, everything from King Arthur to the Wild Hunt, to all sorts of Faerie critters and Gods and witches...

Gonna be interesting to see how this plays out.

I have to say, I really like Fegredo's work on this, and his Hellboy is a little more organ
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Brooke
Jul 17, 2012 Brooke rated it liked it
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Dean
Jul 05, 2015 Dean rated it really 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
Icats
Apr 15, 2010 Icats rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I was so excited when I saw that there was a new Hellboy volume out and I was not disappointed. The story starts out with the Giants of London awakening followed by the Queen of Blood, who of course wants to destroy all humanity. We see how past characters and mythology start to tie together and then Mignola adds in a King Arthur twist that was most excellent. Can’t wait until volume 10.

P.S. Also enjoyed the Duncan Fegredo gallery at the end of the book and his “Wow, gorgeous...Why?”
Evan
Jul 07, 2010 Evan rated it it was amazing
This will probably go down in history as one of the coolest, best thought out comic book series of all time. What seemed like a series of random vignettes has grown into an epic tale. If you haven't read this series, or perhaps read one of the short story collections and didn't get a feel for the scope, I implore you to go to the store and buy volumes 1 through 8, and prepare for what will most likely be an awesome, satisfying heart-wrenching series finale. I cannot wait for the next volume.
Michael
This may well be my favorite volume in the entire Hellboy series. If Darkness Calls was Hellboy's nosedive deep into Russian folklore and myth, The Wild Hunt does the same thing for England. As the Queen of Blood, first revealed in the afore-mentioned story arc, begins to enact her world-ending plan to free the dragons Ogdru Jahad, Hellboy is invited to hunt giants with a secret order of English gentlemen, an expedition that, while it lasts a fairly short amount of time, has huge effects on Hell ...more
Madkropotkin
Apr 01, 2010 Madkropotkin rated it liked it
I would have given this graphic novel 4 stars, except that just when the story was getting really interesting, they ended it. I buy graphic novels in order to avoid the cliffhangers and having to wait for the next issue.

The Story was interesting and the art was very well done, a fun read, I just hope the continuation doesn't disappoint.
Tyler
May 04, 2016 Tyler rated it it was amazing
I've been reading through the BPRD-verse books and as far as Hellboy-led stories go, this has got to be my favorite so far.
The Wild Hunt puts Hellboy into a much more directed story than we've seen him in up to this point. It draws on a lot of details about his destiny and his recurring enemies that have been hinted on in the past, but it brings those little pieces of story to the forefront. It has some great character moments closer to something like the Plague of Frogs series, as apposed to th
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Ben
Mar 24, 2010 Ben rated it it was amazing
Wow! The Hellboy legend grows deeper and even more interesting. These books are amazing, and this story in particular takes huge steps and hints at a grand finale.
John
Mar 25, 2010 John rated it really liked it
Now we're cooking!
Wing Kee
Aug 02, 2015 Wing Kee rated it it was amazing
Simply wonderful!

This is quite possibly one of my favorite HB arcs to date. Epic, emotional, full of character building, this has everything you want in a HB book:

World: Art is perfect, let's not even waste time talking about that. The world building this time around is simply awe inspiring. The amount of scope, mythology, call back, widening of scope, development of character related material in this trade is stunning. There is just so much here that I don't want to talk about it for fear of r
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Matthew Brady
May 01, 2014 Matthew Brady rated it really liked it
Yep, another good Hellboy volume. Big stuff going on in this one, with our man learning a big secret of his origin/lineage and attempting to grasp the task before him while still fighting against his destiny as the beast of the apocalypse. For such a stoic character, Mignola and Fegredo do a great job of making his internal struggle felt, while still delivering some great punch-em-ups and striking imagery, including armies of dead knights, Hellboy fighting a group of giants, Hellboy fighting his ...more
Willem van den Oever
When a group of murderous giants is stalking the English country sides, monsterhunter Hellboy is recruited by a group of elderly noblemen to join in the “Wild Hunt”: a hunting party occasionally brought together to push back these mythological monsters.
But the hunt is barely underway when Hellboy is betrayed and left in the forest. Awakening after a series of visions and dreams, he is reluctantly pushed forward to dig deeper into the history of England and the rising of a mysterious Queen of Blo
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Jessica at Book Sake
May 26, 2010 Jessica at Book Sake rated it it was amazing

Hellboy is the mythological hero for our generation. He faces all sorts of evil monsters and dark witches, but he also has fears and doubts which make him more human. Of course he isn’t human. He is a giant red demon with an oversized right arm, which can pretty much smash through anything. However he also breaks off his horns in an attempt to be more human. These are the things that make Hellboy so exciting and accessible.

This latest volume of the Hellboy doesn’t disappoint. In fact it really e
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Juju
Oct 17, 2010 Juju rated it it was amazing
Wow. I've been waiting to read this one for months now and I am so glad I waited for the fall. The story already evokes the cool, strange evenings and the change in the air. This series has gotten so good I simply couldn't put this book down. I wanted to read The Wild Hunt over the course of a couple weeks but by the third part I could not stop.

As much as I love Mignola drawing Hellboy, I think this is the best possible incarnation of this series. Fegredo's art is simply great throughout. He man
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Dan
Aug 24, 2011 Dan rated it really liked it
I love Hellboy... simple as that. Right behind The Sandman and Preacher, Hellboy is one of my favorite comic book series ever... EVER! Why? I've been a mythology/fairy tale/occult fan since I was a little kid, and Hellboy hits all of the above in exactly the right spot. This time out, in "The Wild Hunt," Hellboy is rolled up in some heavy Britonian/Arthurian legend that at first made me say, "WTF?!" but which soon settled in to make a hell of a satisfying read.

I'd fallen behind on Hellboy books,
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Helmut
Feb 27, 2013 Helmut rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Die Folgen guter Taten

Gute Taten bringen Glück für sich selbst und für andere.

Oder auch nicht, sondern sie zerstören die Welt, wie wir sie kennen. Hellboy erfährt in diesem Band, dass alles, was er tut, auf ihn in der Form zurückfällt, wie es seine Vorbestimmung vorsieht. Er versucht seinem Schicksal zu entkommen, doch irgendwie ist das Schicksal immer einen Schritt voraus.

Viele Rückblicke auf Hellboys bisherige Abenteuer machen diesen Band zu einem Fadenverknoter - ein langes Abenteuer ersetzt
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Josh
Apr 16, 2015 Josh rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Fegredo is a genius. Love his stuff. Mignola is pivoting into a more epic hero quest with this volume. He seems, almost suddenly, to be weaving in a lot of the disparate stories and characters from various prior volumes. He's doing so with a lot of info dumps and it's a bit of a complex mess. Honestly I really don't care much about all the little details. As before, the visuals, world, and humor carry the day and there's a nice attempt here to give Hellboy a little more pathos and some other sym ...more
Maia
Apr 10, 2016 Maia rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, comics
Mike Mignola is a master. His comics are, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful ever drawn. I have been reading Hellboy for years almost entirely at random. Each volume is so elegant and immersive that they stand alone just as well as they read in sequence. In this book Hellboy is troubled by the specter of two destinies- he might be the rightful king of Hell, or else the rightful king of England. Both prospects are equally unwelcome. Hellboy has no desire to weigh down his head with any cro ...more
Marshall Pickens
Jan 31, 2011 Marshall Pickens rated it liked it
I have to admit that I grew up loving to read comics, but as I got older I felt that it wasn't something an adult should do. Well this series of "graphic novels" or big comics is one that I feel right at home reading as an adult. I love how Mignola brings in folk tales and fairy tales from all over the world. In a previous edition it was from Russia, and others have been from all over Europe. This one brings in the legend of King Arthur. The only unfortunate thing about this one is that it would ...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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