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Hellboy Volume 3: The Chained Coffin and Others

(Hellboy #3)

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Dark Horse presents new editions of the entire Hellboy line with new covers, beginning with Seed of Destruction, the basis of director Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film. Hellboy is one of the most celebrated comics series in recent years. The ultimate artists' artist and a great storyteller whose work is in turns haunting, hilarious, and spellbinding. Mike Mignola has won ...more
Kindle Edition, 168 pages
Published February 4th 2004 by Dark Horse Comics (first published 1998)
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Alejandro
The heat is on!!!


This third TPB edition features “Hellboy” #5-6, 12-14, along with a pin-up gallery.


The general rating is an average result of individual ratings given to each short story contained here.


Creative Team:

Creator, Writer & Illustrator: Mike Mignola


FINALLY THIS THING HEATED

I have to admit that I wasn’t that impressed on the first two TPBs, Seed of Destruction & Wake the Devil. They were well done, but they lacked of character development and since it was the beginning of the s
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Tina Haigler
I thoroughly enjoyed this! It's basically a bunch of short stories, with Hellboy coming up against random folk tale baddies, and doing what he does best - taking a whooping until he gets the upper hand, and then punching a monsters face in. I liked how these focused on Hellboy, without too much extra stuff going on. My two favorites were The Wolves of Saint August, because let's face it, I'm a sucker for a good werewolf story, and Almost Colossus, which wrapped up the Wake the Devil miniseries. ...more
Chad
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, ircb-2019
Mignola's first collection of shorter stories and it's a fantastic one. A lot of these appeared in other anthologies and the like first or were one off issues. You get both great stand alone stories like The Wolves of St. August and stories that ultimately matter to the ongoing narrative like The Chained Coffin or Almost Colossus. Regardless, you can rarely go wrong with Hellboy.
Patrick
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that forever sold me on how cool Hellboy is. I never looked back.
Bradley
I'm really getting into Hellboy now.

I wasn't quite sure I was liking it for anything more than it's clever use of history, its esoteric occult or science bits, or everyone's acceptance of a big red demon carrying on paranormal investigations in the fifties and sixties. (How does no one mind this???)

However, by this volume, I'm now emotionally invested as well. It's just a little, but it's something. I love the Fae and the Golem bits the most. I wasn't quite sure I'd get into all these tiny vign
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Artemy
While Hellboy has a great big plot that runs through all of the 12 main volumes, several of those volumes, indicated by "and other stories" in the title, collect short stand-alone comics that Mike Mignola has written for many different kinds of magazines, anthologies and comic books over the years. This is the first such volume. And it's a brilliant one! It collects some of the best Hellboy stories, such as The Corpse, Iron Shoes, The Baba Yaga, The Chained Coffin, Almost Colossus — all of them ...more
Lata
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed each story in this collection. I just wish Kate and every other woman in theses stories hadn't been damsels in distress.
The artwork continues to impress.
First Second Books
Read this weekend most of HELLBOY: THE CHAINED COFFIN AND OTHERS, and adored it. It's embarrassing how late I am to loving Hellboy.
Wing Kee
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of tales that further world builds and character builds.

I have pretty much everything that is Mignola and I find that at the beginning of his run on HB, it was the short one shots that were his most effective and entertaining stories and The Chained Coffin collection is a perfect example for that:

World: It's HB and the Mignolaverse, if you've read through 2 trades that means you know what to expect. It is rich in mythology, subtle and slow world building and choked full of loc
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Melissa McShane
Re-read 8/1/15: I'm increasing my rating of the collection because I appreciate the thematic unity better than I did before. Each of these stories is based in folklore to some degree, underlining the series' commitment to myth and legend as opposed to the companion series B.P.R.D., which emphasizes the paranormal investigator aspect. I still love "The Wolves of August," but this time I was also drawn to "A Christmas Underground," which is a very creepy variation on The Twelve Dancing Princesses. ...more
Latasha
This collection of shorts does a great job of articulating all the reasons I live Hellboy so much. And he is a Capricorn after all! Yay us!
Sesana
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this may be the volume that's gotten me hooked to Hellboy. I love the way Mignola uses folklore as a starting point to his stories. (And I loved the notes he added to this collection.) Most of the stories here are very short, but none of them felt too short, or stretched out, for that matter. The Corpse in particular was nearly perfect in every way. The character of Hellboy makes for a great lead in these sorts of stories: professional and personable. My one criticism is how Mignola hand ...more
Diz
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a collection of shorter works, so it's easy to pick up and read a little bit at a time. Mignola continues to excel at combining occult and folklore in these supernatural tales.
Andrew
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A collection of Hellboy shorts from 1994-1996, and maybe the best single volume of Hellboy. "The Corpse" is a darkly comic story involving fairies, a kidnapped child, and a talking, rotting corpse. Hellboy spends much of the story with the corpse strapped to his back, bickering with it while he deadpans his way through encounters with just about every creature in Irish mythology. Several of the other stories are key to Hellboy's own mythology, as they reveal the details of his conception and exp ...more
Jamie Stewart
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series continues on its trajectory of being a masterpiece in storytelling. Volume 3 is a collection of gothic horror stories featuring title character of the series Hellboy. Each one varies in length and tone. Each one showcases the authors ability to tell a rich, satisfying tale in only a few pages. What stands out to me in this volume is the character of Hellboy, how gains more depth than ever before. He’s intelligent in his occupation but goes at it like a drunk in a bar brawl. He’s high ...more
Jelena
Now this was different. But still the same.

Where Volumes 1 and 2 present one continuous storyline (with all its detours), Volume 3 of the “Hellboy” comic is a collection of several tales about the protagonist, with only one being a direct continuance of the previously established narrative.

Following the Bureau’s prior case, there is an aftermath involving homunculi (looking more like golems though), semi-Faustian involvements in Heidelberg or Wittenberg or some other -bergian German town with
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Icats
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have read Hellboy 1, then 4, then 2, and just finished 3, because why would you want to do that chronological thing? Hellboy 3 is like Hellboy 4: (or should that be the other way around?), where at the beginning of each section there are notes from author/illustrator, Mike Mignola, on his inspirations for the stories. I enjoyed the notes as much as I did the stories because they go into the mythology and folklore he used as the basis for the them.

The stories in this volume include The Corpse,
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Monsour
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm rating each story base of how I enjoyed them:

The corpse 3/5 stars
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The Iron Shoes 1/5 stars
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The Baba Yaga 2/5 stars
"How did Baba Yaga lose one of her eyes"

A Christmas Underground 4/5 stars
You get to see some good side of Hellboy is this story and this scene bothers me
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Can he glamour? Changing his appearance to make it more pleasing to mortal eyes

The Chained Coffin(Hellboy's Origins) 4/5 stars
I'm giving it a 5 if only they make it a little less short maybe adding some scene where you can see ho
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Catherine
Sep 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
The short story format works perfectly for Hellboy. Not only does it allow Mignola to explore a larger amount of folklore but it suits the investigative world of the characters perfectly. I was about to name the highlights of the collection but then I realized I'd only be leaving 2 of them out in the process. Each one is fantastic but my favorites were "The Corpse", "A Christmas Underground", "The Wolves of St. August" and "Almost Colossus". "The Corpse" more than any had a very memorable feel t ...more
Jesús
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow... I’m having an impossibly hard time finding where the widespread love for Mignola’s work comes from. Three volumes in, and I still don’t get it. I will try to explain why.

Mignola is a fantastic illustrator, but he’s an awkward visual storyteller. He relies too much on verbal exposition and narration to bridge his panels, and many panels serve no visual or thematic purpose. Many of his panels too often look like cover illustrations or commissioned drawings because they don’t reveal anything
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Craig
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Chained Coffin and Others, the third trade paperback volume in the Dark Horse collected series, is my favorite Hellboy volume. It collects short Hellboy stories that were all written and illustrated by Mike Mignola himself. The stories have various mythological foundations set at different times and locations where Hellboy must face them. Almost Colossus is a good one with Liz Sherman, The Wolves of St. August is a good werewolf story with a religious slant, The Chained Coffin is a good Engl ...more
David
A collection of seven individual stores, one of which, "Almost Colossus", follows up the events that transpired in volume two. With the exception of the last one, the stories are folktales that Mignola has re-worked into the Hellboy mythos. They take place all over Europe, from spooky graveyards to ruins on lonely heaths, from catacombs to abandoned mountain villages.

I liked "The Chained Coffin" and "The Wolves of St. August" as they delved a little into Hellboy's past, revealing the good guy he
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Paige
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not Hellboy to me, no Nazi's no memorable villains just random monsters. This is a collection of small stories and comes across as filler.

No way an essential read to the series I would advise to skip it and save your time and money.
daisy
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still adore the art style and the characters tbqh! I nyoomed through a bunch of these (in those library compendium/bindup editions) and forgot to add them in on here, so... Doing that now lmao!
PurplyCookie
This is the third and certainly the thickest "Hellboy" collection which apparently seeks to compile all material not included in "Seed of Destruction" or "Wake the Devil". I personally think it's a great start for somebody like myself who hasn't read "Hellboy" before.

Mike Mignola's story notes accompany the long out-of-print one-shots "Wolves of Saint August" and "The Corpse and the Iron Shoes," as well as "A Christmas Underground."

"The Chained Coffin," is featured in color for the first time,
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logankstewart
The Chained Coffin and Others is different from the previous two volumes in the Hellboy saga. Volume 3 is a collections of small vignettes that re-tells folktales Mike Mignola has come across. One such example is "The Chained Coffin," which stems from an Irish folktale the author once read.

Like the first two collections, this volume is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully scripted. The colors are still rich and dark, capturing the essence of the gothic-horror feel. The characters are getting
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Ctgt
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love the first couple stories but then the last two were fantastic.
Cole
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cole by: Marcus
Shelves: _comics-etc, fiction
Cool artwork and exactly the kind of myth adventure vibe I'm wanting from Hellboy. Simplistic but rich in imagination and detail.
Wakizashi
A wonderful collection of Hellboy short stories. It contains the first Hellboy comic I bought, "The Wolves of Saint August." This is a Gothic masterpiece pitting Hellboy against the surviving member of a cursed Royal family. When Hellboy finally confronts him, he rips off his human skin revealing a huge and deadly werewolf underneath. The ensuing fight is masterfully illustrated by Mike Mignola.

"The Baba Yaga" is another favourite of mine. In it, we discover how the legendary Russian witch lost
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Matthew Lagerloef
Hellboy has been a bit of a slow burn for me - the story in the first two volumes was a fine introduction but I wasn't super engaged by it. However, this collection of shorter one-off stories did a much better job at engaging me with the character and the world. I love the art style (Mignola's art in general is phenomenal) and the characterization. I admit, I have trouble reading the book without hearing Perlman's Hellboy voice.
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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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