That said, I haven't been a faithful follower of the books. I don't read comics in single issues. I read comics...moreI love this series. I have for years.
That said, I haven't been a faithful follower of the books. I don't read comics in single issues. I read comics once they're collected in trade paperback, and even then, my purchases are erratic.
But earlier this year I went on a Hellboy binge. I bought everything that I didn't already own, and read it all in just a week or two. Both the main storyline, all the side arcs, and the BPRD series too. About 30 books in all.
How do I feel about it after glutting myself? I still love it. If anything I love it more than before because I have a much better appreciation for the entire story arc that's been taking place.
When I try to think how to describe Hellboy, I find myself a little stumped. I want to use phrases like, "Mythically robust" but that's a wankerish thing to say, and it really doesn't do the series justice.
If forced to summarize this quick and dirty, give it the elevator pitch, so to speak. (That's where you pitch a story to someone in the space of time it takes for your elevator to reach their floor.) here's what I'd say.
"Imagine Sandman. Leave in all the clever trans-mythic brilliance, but remove all the emo bits and replace them with punching and snappy one-liners. Garnish lightly with Nazis. That's Hellboy."
God. That's awful. This is why I don't review books. I'm terrible at this.
Even worse, it implies I don't love Sandman, which I do. Sandman is in my top three. And I'm well aware that it's not emo, it's tragedy. Don't fill my inbox with hate. Okay?
Okay. Let's move on.
Simply said, if you haven't read this series. You really owe it to yourself to try at least the first three trades. It wasn't until I read The Chained Coffin that I *really* came to appreciate what was going on in the series in terms of storytelling. It's marvelous. (less)
If you don't know who Mike Carey is, you should. He's one of the best comic writers out there in my opinion.
If you haven't read Crossing Midnight, yo...moreIf you don't know who Mike Carey is, you should. He's one of the best comic writers out there in my opinion.
If you haven't read Crossing Midnight, you should. It's brilliant. It draws on mythology sorely neglected by most western authors. It manages to draw on the unfamiliar while still managing to be very readable and accessible. No easy feat there...
Best of all, these three books form a complete story arc. That counts for a lot. I hate starting a comic series, reading 4 books, then finding out it was canceled.
You should try it. Absolutely worth your time. (less)
I bought this book on kickstarter without ever having read the Webcomic.
That said, it wasn't a big risk for me. I've read a lot of Kris Straub's work...more I bought this book on kickstarter without ever having read the Webcomic.
That said, it wasn't a big risk for me. I've read a lot of Kris Straub's work over the years and really enjoyed it. Giving him some money in support of his project is a bit of a no-brainer. I like to support people who are making a living off their art.
So what is Broodhollow?
It's hard to describe. It would be doing it a great disservice to refer to it as "Lovecraftian" because people think that just refers to Cthulhu, and Cthulhu shit is really played out. At this point, I'm tired of even the good stuff, which is rare.
So this isn't that. It's got an interesting creepy, surrealness to it. Like "Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath," if you know what that is.
Was it good?
Absolutely. I loved it. It's clever, funny, and original. It's got its very own mix of humor, horror, and mystery. And the art is very, very nicely done. Never self-indulgent, but cleverly varied to good effect in the story.
As soon as I finished it, I wanted to go and read more of it (So I did: Hopping online and reading up on the webcomic. http://broodhollow.chainsawsuit.com/) If the second book was out, I would already be reading it, rather than writing this review.
This might surprise some people, but dark and angry as his work often is, I think of Ellis as a very hopeful writer. So often his work seems to say, "...more
This might surprise some people, but dark and angry as his work often is, I think of Ellis as a very hopeful writer. So often his work seems to say, "Look at this. Look how awful this is. Look how shitty people can be. We can do better than this. We're all better than this."(less)
Written by one of my favorite comic writers, Warren Ellis.
This series is in the running for my top five favorite comics of all time. That might seem...moreWritten by one of my favorite comic writers, Warren Ellis.
This series is in the running for my top five favorite comics of all time. That might seem like faint praise until you consider the fact that it's competing with comics like Sandman, Bone, Hellboy, Lucifer, and Girl Genius. (less)