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Hellboy, Vol. 7: The Troll Witch and Others (Hellboy #7)

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With a new Hellboy series on the stands, fans of the world's greatest paranormal detective can find older favorites collected for the first time in the seventh volume of the Hellboy Saga. Hellboy: The Troll Witch and Others collects short stories from The Dark Horse Book of the Dead, Witchcraft, Hauntings, and Monsters, the 2004 Hellboy: Wizard 1/2, as well as the critical ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 3rd 2007 by Dark Horse (first published 2006)
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Jan 06, 2015 Gavin rated it really liked it
I am reading my way through a bunch of classic modern books thanks to my library (transmetropolitan, preacher, the boys, scalped, fables, and of course, this one) and so I get sometimes inundated with too many good books at once. Or at least they should be good.

Hellboy is something all of really is like a modern day Grimm or Aesop fables, set up by Mike Mignola. Every time I think ok, I know what the series is, so there's no need to keep reading, the obsessive completist in me forces
Melissa McShane
Re-read 8/5/15: This is one of the stronger collections, primarily because of the phenomenal miniseries "Makoma," which I adore--an African legend of a giant-killer adapted to star Hellboy and the Ogdru Jahad. It's beautifully illustrated by Richard Corben and masterfully told by Mike Mignola, and I need to buy this volume (I don't own all of the Hellboy books because I'm lazy and poor) so I can re-read it frequently. I didn't realize the first time through that it's based on a story out of Andr ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Dark and dreamy imagery. Mignola shows a love and appreciation for myth and folklore that I find endearing as a fellow aficionado. With the inking and drawings, much is left up to the interpretation of the readers, and the writing itself is cerebral enough to appeal to a reader who likes to ponder what the point of a story is, and not feel spoon-fed. Whenever I read some of Mignola's work, it makes me want to go out and find more of it. That's a good thing, I think.
Stephen Theaker
Sep 28, 2008 Stephen Theaker rated it liked it
A collection of short stories from various sources, such as the Dark Horse Book of Hauntings and its siblings. All the stories are written by Mike Mignola, and he draws most of them, but P. Craig Russell and Richard Corben provide the artwork for "The Vampire of Prague" and "Makoma" respectively.

The storytelling is more minimal than in the first Hellboy collection, Seed of Destruction, (which I started reading a day or two before writing this review) which makes it all the more evocative, and ma
Jul 29, 2009 Icats rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This volume is again based on several myths and folktales. The first story has Hellboy confronting a Penanggalan, a Malaysian folklore version of the vampire. The Hydra and the Lion was created with his daughter whose favorite creature at the time from Disney’s Hercules was the serpent water beast, Hydra. An interesting modern day twist on the legend of Hercules that even leaves Hellboy scratching his head. The Troll Witch is based off a Norwegian folktale about two sisters but with a slightly d ...more
J.G. Keely
May 08, 2011 J.G. Keely rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, horror, reviewed
I tend to appreciate the Hellboy short story collections more than the longer plot arcs. These shorter works tend to concentrate on tone and character, and ironically, are much more effective at building the world than the explanations and exposition of the longer pieces. It is easy for an author who is concentrating on the endpoint of a long plot to forget about the moment, writing in expectation that the conclusion will justify all that came before.

Even when an author does endeavor to set an i
Orrin Grey
Jun 08, 2010 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, re-read, mignola
The long stories like "Makoma" and "The Vampire of Prague" aren't my favorites, but several of the other stories are ones I would cite as the best of the Hellboy short stories, especially "The Troll Witch," which may be my favorite Hellboy short.
That figures. I stated in my last Hellboy review that I couldn't wait for the next volume to figure out where the story was going, and so of course the next collection was an anthology. Oh well, I like those best anyways....While he still handles most of the art, this time out, Mignola collaborates with a couple guest artists for special occasion stories.

We open in Malaysia, 1958 as Hellboy investigates a local creature known as The Penanggalan , a demon born when an old priestess accidentally
Mx. Coco
Jul 25, 2014 Mx. Coco rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This was a bit hit or miss. There were a few great stories interspersed with mediocre ones.

The Troll Witch--4/5 stars
I liked her story and her query posed to Hellboy in regards to how he felt about a non-violent end to the troll killings.

Dr. Carp's Experiment--4/5 stars
I thought at the beginning this would be another straight-forward short, but it wasn't; it was great. I was left with a very eery, unsettled feeling. Also, the power of Hellboy's blood is interesting as seen here, in The
Apr 24, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it really liked it
This seventh volume of Mignola's wonderful comic Hellboy collects seven tales about the red, hellspawned protagonist set in various time periods of his existence. The stories are "The Penanggalan", "The Hydra and the Lion", the title story "The Troll Witch", "The Vampire of Prague" (illustrated by P. Craig Russell), "Dr. Carp's Experiment" (a little gem concerning mysterious time travelling and a haunted house), "The Ghoul" and finally the longer story "Makoma or, A Tale Told by a Mummy in the N ...more
May 19, 2015 Mel rated it really liked it
These were a little too close to the original Hellboy stories in many ways and a bit too simplistic. There was a monster, Hellboy beat it up, it ended. That said the Troll Witch story itself was wonderful, a proper fairy tale, with a happy/sad ending and a way to defeat the bad without a huge fight. The Africa stories were an interesting interpretation of apocalyptic mythology. Some of the shorter ones went quickly. Not a bad collection, just not as enjoyable as some of the others.
Sep 16, 2016 Spencer rated it liked it
Whilst I enjoyed the stories 'The Troll Witch' and 'Makoma', I can't say that I cared for the rest in this collection, especially 'The Vampire of Prague' which was poorly illustrated and badly written.
This was a really uneven collection of short Hellboy stories and whilst I enjoyed a couple the rest were so lacking that they pulled down the quality of this collection.
Artemiy Nizovtsev
Oct 27, 2015 Artemiy Nizovtsev rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dark-horse
This volume, for the first time, features work by other artists than Mike Mignola: P. Craig Russel and Richard Corben, and I liked both of their work much more than Mignola's. Their art is much more dynamic and distinctive, much more fitting to the brainless actiony nature of Hellboy as a comic book than Mignola's static pictures. But, to be fair, stories in this volume were also a bit more interesting than usual, even though 100% of them still ended up in Hellboy kicking the shit out of bad guy ...more
Jul 17, 2012 Brooke rated it really liked it
I've found myself enjoying the short story collections more than the main storyline collections, and this volume was no exception. I really liked the two stories that were drawn by people other than Mignola - they used colors that aren't normally used in the series, and it was nice to see it visualized a little differently. Plus, the ghost using scissors to snip the dividing line on the 2nd page of The Vampire of Prague? Totally awesome.
May 02, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: norway, comics, horror, gothic
With all the dark, epic multi-issue storylines in this segment of the Hellboy series, I really like that the title takes a break every now and then for collections of this type of lighter, briefer stand-alone stories. In this one, Hellboy returns to Norway to meet a witch whose story is based on a Norwegian folktale, fights the Hydra of Greek mythology in what may be the most deliciously bizarre story in the series yet, and fights a poetry-spouting cannibal whose wife is safe at home watching pu ...more
Wing Kee
Jul 26, 2015 Wing Kee rated it it was amazing
Oh short little tales are awesome also!

This is the second trade I've read in a row that were nothing but small little tales, and it's bloody awesome:

World: Once again the art is all over the place, I do like the artist changes as I like seeing different artists portraying the Mignolaverse, it's interesting. This time around there is just as little world building as the last trade (Crooked Man and Other Stories), it merely serves the story and there are no deeper world building elements, it's fin
Sep 19, 2016 Dean rated it really liked it
Shelves: reimagined, witch
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
Jonathan Briggs
Apr 18, 2012 Jonathan Briggs rated it really liked it
This volume marks a transition in the Hellboy series as Mike Mignola laid down his pencils and inks and turned the book over to other artists, setting off fanboy wailing that can be heard to this day. In fact, I'm wailing as I type this, and the people in the desks around me are staring. But Mignola, still at the writing helm of the book, brought in more-than-able replacements in P. Craig Russell, Richard Corben and later Duncan Fegredo. "Troll Witch" is a collection of scraps and one-offs, few ...more
Matthew Brady
Feb 24, 2014 Matthew Brady rated it liked it
A good collection of shorts, notable due to artists other than Mignola contributing work to the Hellboy canon. P. Craig Russel's "The Vampire of Prague" is all right, but Richard Corben's "Makoma" is excellent, seeing Hellboy told an African folk tale in which he takes the place of the main character, whose life kind of parallels his own. There are a few other Mignola-only stories, with the title story probably being the best. Not an essential volume of the series, but a good one nonetheless.
Harold Ogle
Apr 17, 2013 Harold Ogle rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor, horror, undead, magic, comics
Not what I expected from a volume in the Hellboy series, but enjoyable nonetheless. This is a series of assorted vignettes from various periods in Hellboy's life (and it's been a long life), as he encounters various spooky or silly supernatural creatures to clobber. Hellboy remains a fun character - very much a Ben Grimm-like mook whose primary approach to interacting with anything is to punch it - and this lends a light air to these shorts, many of which would be too slight to be of much intere ...more
Feather Mista
La mayor parte de estas historias ya las leí en otras ediciones (después linkeo), y me habían gustado bastante. Lo mismo va para las que no había leído antes (la historia que da título al libro y El vampiro de Praga, con dibujo de un Russell a madia máquina), que me resultaron entretenidas pero no muy sorprendentes.
Eso sí, la introducción y los apéndices a cada historia, de lo más interesantes.
Aug 01, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
Hellboy is as fabulous as he always is. Two things: 1) it seems Mignola is distracted with other projects as their story lines are becoming more interesting than the Hellboy stories. 2) I think I am missing appearances in other works. Periodically, the text mentions something I don't recall reading and I know I've read all the Hellboy trade books.
La Revistería Comics
Una atrapante introducción de Walter Simonson nos mete de lleno en historias publicadas también por separado, como Makoma, la mismísima bruja troll y otros relatos macabros, bizarros y legendarios, con Mignola a la cabeza y dibujos propios y ajenos de enorme y traumatizante belleza...

y una que potra cosita igual de perturbadora...
May 26, 2011 jeremiah rated it really liked it
Another great Mignola "... and Others" Hellboy collection. These little shorts go so far in showing why Mignola is considered so great. His ability to take legends and spin them within his dark world is incredible.

There's an absolutely epic story in this collection "Makoma". While I didn't really like the style of the other guest artist in this collection (P. Craig Russel), the guest artist on Makoma, Richard Corbin, was incredible. I loved the way they shifted between Mignola's style when the
Will Redd
Jun 02, 2013 Will Redd rated it it was amazing
Another collection of shorter Hellboy tales, and they are magnificent. Makoma was especially amazing, especially with the switch in perspective between Mignola's artwork (real world) and Richard Corben's (the story of Makoma). I also like how Hellboy dreams himself as Makoma, especially since they appear to have similar fates.

One of the things I've always liked about Hellboy is that we jump from his arrival on Earth in 1944 to his (at the time) current timeline of 1994, this gives Mignola and an
Marc Pastor
Jun 05, 2016 Marc Pastor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tot anava bé amb contes a l'estil Mignola, llegendes, fantasmes, bruixes, cases encantades i Hellboy repartint a tort i a dret, fins que arriba la darrera història il·lustrada per Richard Corben i m'esclata el cap. El Hellboy dibuixat per Corben és JA el meu preferit.
Nov 28, 2014 VampAmber rated it really liked it
This one was made up of little one-shot stories. They were all pretty cute, my favorite being Makoma, but other than that one they all seemed waaaaay too short. I think I need to look into Hellboy comics with more fleshed out story lines. While I did love this one, the shortness of the majority of the stories kinda ruined it a bit for me.
Feb 15, 2015 k.wing rated it liked it
Very interesting compilation of short stories. Some were good, some were okay, but "Makoma" is extraordinary. "Makoma" features art from both Mignola and Richard Corben, making the story colorful and absolutely beautiful.
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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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