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Hellboy Volume 2: Wake the Devil (Hellboy #2)

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  15,243 Ratings  ·  292 Reviews
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, 144 pages
Published February 4th 2004 by Dark Horse Comics (first published June 11th 1997)
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A hell better than the first volume!

Creative Team:

Creator, Writer & Illustrator: Mike Mignola

Colors: James Sinclair

Letttering: Pat Brosseau


Think. Why burn down the world when we can be its masters?

That dialogue is a great teaching to all those stories where the bad guys are planning to destroy the world...

...where are you gonna live after that, morons?!!!

Conquer the world, I can understand that (it doesn’t mean that I sympathize with the concept) but destroy it? T
A lot goes on between the lines in these comics, giving us a history largely unseen and mostly just implied.

Fortunately, it also relies on so many occult sources and mysteries and legends and mythologies and old gods that it's pretty cool just to sit back and see where Hecate or the Sumerian head honcho An or where Rasputin takes us.

Murder mysteries aside, of course, it's great to see the bird women and the dead rise and getting to see a whole damn castle blow up. It's fun for all the kiddies!

Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, horror
Hellboy Volume 2:Wake the Devil is one hell of a great story. This is the best, of my admittedly limited experience, of the Hellboy books I've come across. It had a little bit of everything- Nazis, Rasputin, Hecate and Vampires. A motley combination, I shall admit, but like Chop Suey it works well together.

The tale starts with a wealthy businessman named Roderick Zinco. Zinco funds a project to look into an abandoned World War 2 base in the frozen arctic portion of Norway. Once Zinco lands and b
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This second volume in the Hellboy series is menacing and intensely creepy. People familiar with the first film by Guillermo Del Toro about Hellboy will recognize some elements of the story, but a good bit of the story was also adapted to the animated film "Blood and Iron." I think that as dark as both film adaptations are, the source material is moreso.

Hellboy managed to overcome his origins through sheer force of his self-determined will in Volume 1, Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction. He is
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, a much better impression on a second read. This volume is still a bit rough, but at least John Byrne's clunky writing style is gone, and Mignola's doing a much better job writing and drawing his own story. And he will get much better in the later volumes, obviously. And again, there are a lot of super-important story elements in this second book that I totally missed or forgot on my first read.

Also, I have to say, Dark Horse is putting a lot of incredibly interesting extra stuff in these
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I got confused. They were talking about stuff from book 3 and this is suppose to be book 2? Other than that it was ok. Damn those nazi's! Won't leave Hellboy alone.
Melissa McShane
Re-read 7/30/15: See below, plus I'd forgotten how important Baba Yaga is to this series even from the beginning. I love the complexity of her character and how her being the villain of the piece is challenged by seeing her from Rasputin's perspective; she's evil, but that's not all she is. I also find it interesting how blood magic ends up being a part of the story in two directions, both Giurescu's vampirism and Rasputin's demand of Ilsa that she die in order to power something greater. Extrem ...more
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I enjoyed this, the dark art, the atmosphere, the setting, and Hellboy's personality is a lot better than it was in Seed of Destruction (Vol. 1). More sense of humour: Reanimated corpse coming at him, calling him a beast, and his reply? "Big talk for a guy with no pants." for some reason I found that particularly amusing. Liz and Abe show up here, though in much smaller supporting roles, and a couple other BPRD team members, some not so lucky as others. There's a lot of familiar baddies returnin ...more
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Goes without saying that I love the artwork and the great use of black. Again, a number of panels could be framed.
The evil guys' expectations around Hellboy are hinted at in this volume, and it's nice to see more members of the wider B.P.R.D. team. I liked how many different myths and legends are woven in to the Hellboy stories, and how there are so many different types of evil guys, and how a larger story surrounding Hellboy's responsibilities and actions on earth are slowly being revealed.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the art! Love the story! If you don't like traditional capes and cowls comics, give this a try.
Perry Gough
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a 5 star just yet but was better then the first book and hoping the 3rd one will be amazing
Timothy Boyd
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you thought the Hellboy movies were good then you will love the comics. Much more story on the monsters and the history of hellboys origin. Great reads, Very recommended
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

kinda weird to see vampires, nazis, baba yaga and hecate in the same story but it works pretty well 👍
Willow Redd
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Lady, I was gonna cut you some slack, 'cause you're a major mythological figure but now you've just gone nuts!" -Hellboy to Hecate

Here we have the second series of Hellboy stories, and it's just as fantastic as the first. Mignola mixes classic vampire lore, greek, norse, and russian mythologies, a bit of fairy, demonic power struggles, and of course more Nazis into a tale that gives more of Hellboy's origins while still allowing for more to be revealed in future volumes. This story finishes the
Summary: Hellboy and the rest of the paranormal investigation crew go off to Romania to look into a nazi-related possible vampire case.

What I liked:
- The art is still very pretty; it's hard to believe these images are twenty years old
- Some cool action scenes
- We go deeper into Hellboy's past, and get a lot more glimpses of the occult evil master plan
- Mignola isn't afraid to add some casualties to make the story believable

What I didn't like:
- To be honest I found this instalment pretty boring.
J.D. Brink
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure Alchemy

I am mesmerized and jealous every time I pick up a Hellboy book. Mignola seamlessly melds history, mythology, the occult, and pure fun. His storytelling is elemental and irreducible. And that goes for the visual art too. It’s obvious that Mignola is the graphic storyteller as well as the scripter, because the two aspects are inseparable in style and psychic impression. And they are bewitching every time.

My only critique would be that Giurescu (who promised to be a cool villain with a
I really enjoyed this. I got several Hellboy graphic novels at the Oxfam bookshop a couple years ago and this weekend I was able to complete my set. I am really glad I was able to read this one. It was a lovely long coherent story that I found myself getting absorbed in. It was a fascinating plot that managed to have evil occult nazis, heads in jars, and vampires, not to mention a big red demon as the hero, but it still wasn't totally silly, there was real emotion and humour in the characters. I ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last two issues of this arc was my first introduction to Hellboy. I was sixteen and I was astonished by the style and bewildered by the story. Finally reading it now in full, it makes so much more sense! I think this may be a better introduction to the character than volume one (Seed of Destruction), but then again I'm not a fan of origin stories. I prefer to be thrown right into a battle with the goddess Hecate!
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I sought the dark behind the stars.”

Wake the Devil follows on from the first Hellboy mini-series, Seed of Destruction. Written and drawn by Mike Mignola, this five-part story takes Hellboy from a wax museum in New York to an ancient Romanian castle. He is on the trail of the missing corpse of a nobleman who was rumored to have worked with Hitler during WWII. Assisted by BPRD agents Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman, Hellboy must uncover the conspiracy behind the theft of the body and shed light on his
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than the first volume. Finally we get to see main characters a bit more. A bit more dramatic and universe slowly gets filled with interesting stuff.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
3.5 Stars
Marco Silva
There are quite a few very good panels, but once in a while, I was surprised to see some bad panels. The story is sometimes confusing and the dialogues are a bit clunky. Overall the story is a good read.
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Up until now, I knew Hellboy only by his image. I didn't really know anything about him, whether he was a superhero or what his deal was. I hadn't even watched Guillermo del Toro's films. So while opening this comic book I would encounter a world that I didn't expect to find.

Strange creatures have awakened, things that shouldn't exist. For this reason, the Bureau of Paranormal Research has taken over the investigation. Hellboy is an ag
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of what made the first volume so wonderful. Mignola continues to expand the mythology of his world, creating a rich and layered tapestry that weaves together occultist Nazis, the mystic Grigori Rasputin, Greek mythology, vampires and the Baba Yaga. It's a pretty heady brew of Slavic folklore interwoven with an underlying Norse apocalyptic journey that is imaginative, dark and thoroughly engrossing. I've always been a sucker for such syncretism. To me, it shows scholarly depth as well as cre ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Teuflischer Blutsauger!
Ja, Hellboys Boss im BPRD ist ein teuflischer Blutsauger, der ihm immer die schwierigen Jobs gibt und den anderen die leichten, und dann gibts nichtmal ne Spur von Dankbarkeit oder Gehaltserhöhung. Doch scheinbar, so erfahren wir hier, gibt es noch teuflischere Blutsauger als Vorgesetzte, gegen die selbst Dracula Waisenknaben sind, und wenn die sich mit untoten Nazischergen, russischen Hexen und sphärischen Drachenmonstern zusammentun - gute Nacht, Welt, wie wir sie kennen
Hellboy: Wake the Devil picks up shortly after the incidents of Seed of Destruction takes place. A brief introduction informs the BPRD team on the life of Vladimir Giurescu. Giurescu lived an illustrious and bloody life during the early 19th century, fighting in wars and struggles. More than once he received mortal wounds and died, but his body was always returned to Castle Giurescu, where he would return to life after the full moon, whole and fine. Eventually Giurescu dies and his body is kept ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe a man can Make himself a god

Atleast this one is more clearer to read rather than the first one. Vol 2 didn't just bring back what I like of the first one and get rid of the clunky writing but add some of it. Combining all myth's into one giant branched story is a really cool concept, that way Its simple for the writers to add every single myths and legends(Urban/Sub) to their story without ruining anything and That's what I like about Hellboy.

featuring Hecate(Greek goddess)

What I really
Greta is Erikasbuddy
As I try to make my way though the world of Hellboy I must ask.... When does he start liking cats? Have the movies lied to me? Cuz personally, Hellboy liking cats is most awesome. But maybe that was just for the movie and well, I'm cool with that.

This time Hellboy and the gang are over in scary scary Europe hunting a vampire and mucking around with that dude that created Hellboy. Of course I can't remember his name cuz I suck at that.

There were times when I couldn't keep up but I was cool with
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read_in_2016
Better art, more characters, cooler bad guys... And ZERO story

If I could I would give this 2.5 out of 5 stars instead of 2, as I felt it lay somewhere between "it was ok" and "I liked it". While there was so much that was potentially great in this graphic novel, it was thrown in a barrage that had no consistent thread and did not stay long enough with any one element to build any interest in me with what was going on, and in some cases I'm not sure what was going on even had any explanation. Coo
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-comics, old
"Out of the caverns of Num-Yabisc, dark and terrible deep...the ocean is calling her children home."

There. That, right there, is the brilliance of Hellboy. You must wait to catch it, with a gentle net. Let the story wash over you. It's the only way.

I think this second volume is an improvement on the first. The art is the same kind of wonderful, and Mignola's revelry in the occasional moment of Lovecraftian dramatic poise, the sudden beauty of language and pitch-perfect pacing, returns gloriously
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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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“Lady, I was gonna cut you some slack, 'cause you're a major mythological figure...but now you've just gone nuts!” 59 likes
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