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Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea

(Hellboy: Original Graphic Novels)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  518 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Hellboy sets sail from the wreckage of a deserted island only to cross paths with a ghost ship. Taken captive by the phantom crew that plans to sell him to the circus, Hellboy is dragged along by a captain who will stop at nothing in pursuit of a powerful sea creature.

Following the events of Hellboy: The Island, Gary Gianni draws Hellboy in an original graphic novel.
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Dark Horse
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Sam Quixote
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
In the words of Van Jones describing Trump and Russia, Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea is a big nothingburger. It’s the archetypical Hellboy story: Hellboy goes someplace remote, encounters some supernatural things, there’s some trite exposition, he punches a monster, the end. That’s all that happens here - nothing remotely new, different or original for readers like me who’ve read all the previous Hellboy comics.

Gary Gianni’s art is beautifully eerie and haunting. It’s the kind of art I remember
Paul E. Morph
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I somehow missed this graphic novel when it was released last year (please note: this is an actual graphic novel; I'm not one of these dinguses who are too embarrassed to use the word 'comicbook').

It was pretty good, too. The artwork was really nice and the story had a nice twist at the end that just about elevated it above being 'Hellboy-by-numbers'. It still gave me that oh-too-familiar pang I get whenever I read a Hellboy story by anybody other than Mignola though: I really, really miss Mike'
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Felt like an excuse to draw Hellboy into an illustrated classic. Draws a little from Moby Dick and Treasure Island but a lot of this doesn't make a whole lot of sense, especially as the story progresses. Any new Hellboy stories are a good thing, but there's just not a lot here.
James Adams
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A charming nautical tale, inspired by Melville, Coleridge, and Hodgson, with some truly awesome art with a woodcut feel. It's a classic ghost story mixed with a little cosmic horror, but the dry wit helps it stand out. And the art is really pretty.
Orrin Grey
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, mignola
Okay, so of course I loved this. It's Mignola, it's Gianni, it's William Hope Hodgson sea stories. But but but... I also kind of feel like it eats up a lot of its fairly brief page count getting us back to the start. Taking place immediately after the hellboy story "The Island," one of the last that Mignola wrote and drew before taking Hellboy to Hell, the book spends quite a bit of time getting Hellboy on board the doomed ship and recounting the events that have gotten us to this spot before th ...more
Wing Kee
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I quick solid little ghost story with great art.

World: The art is fantastic, it’s grounded and looks like that of old serials (It looks like art that were attached to Conan Doyle stories). It’s beautiful and gives this short little story a different tone to the other HB stories around. The world building is solid, it falls into the Mignolaverse lore fits in perfectly.

Story: The story is a quick read and solid. The tone is great and it’s creepy and scary. I like how it fits into the period of HB
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike many of the other reviews I really liked this; the tone, atmosphere and setting work together really well to deliver a short but captivating story. Gary Gianni's artwork is beautiful and compliments the writing perfectly, I'll have to check out more of his art as I was very impressed.
Baal Of
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, weird, horror
This was a lovely little story with top-notch, gorgeous artwork. Plenty of finely detailed pen and ink without getting to busy. Excellent pacing and a fun concept, even if it does fall into the usual Hellboy solution of punching out the monster. The weird sea-creature monsters were well done, and the disintegrating finale was satisfying.
Camilo Guerra
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
60 paginas de un arte INCREIBLE de Gary Gianni , que ya había aportado arte en Dark Horse y acá se mete unas paginas que parecen sacadas de Gustavo Dore, con un romanticismo y un gótico que te dejan asombrados, en una historia marina de fantasmas y mounstruos que aporta al universo de Mignola un poco mas de aventura, y no mas.
The story wasn`t something impressive, but is enjoyable enough for a weekend day. And if you`re in the Mignola style and Hellboy, like I am, then you`ll not regret reading this one. ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This was my least favorite Hellboy story, which is either saying a lot or nothing at all, because I still very much enjoyed it. I've never read a bad Hellboy story. This just had the least to offer, even in its scatterbrained delirium. Whether Hellboy's after something or just wandering the Earth, his very presence is alluring. Trouble finds him and he's one of the best balances of furious reaction and tranquil core. Usually, there's a small piece of him revealed in a story of his wandering the ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A pitch-perfect complement to the Mignolaverse. This taut, oneiric tale of a castaway caught up in a nightmare of crustacean horrors is a real page turner.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
I miss Hellboy and love any time I can read a new story with him in it. This volume did not disappoint.
Eric Orchard
A perfect and short Hellboy tale. Beautifully drawn.
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
There isn't as much here as I'd like, but what there is hits the mark tone-wise for a Hellboy story and features some very moody art that works well along with it. Overall, I'd say it's a three star story that gets an extra oomph from the art.
Brent White
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
always a pleasure to catch up with my favorite red demon from hell.
the fever dream this book follows is a wonderful throwback to melville and robert louis stevenson.
as always beautifully rendered and the feel of the hardback edition was a pleasure to read.
perfect for national comic book day.
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful art, entertaining if slightly underwhelming story.
Lizzy  Walker
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review forthcoming for Monster Librarian.
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Creepy little Mignola nautical vignette. If you love Hellboy, you'll love this one.
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great, weird seafaring tale inspired by William Hope Hodgson.
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Beautiful to look at, not much to read.
Carmen Harris
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Unlike the last few Hellboy comics I have read, speaking in "chronological" order, The Silent Sea doesn't hook you in like the others. Don't get me wrong, the art is still awesome (I am a huge Gianni fan), and Hellboy is still...well...Hellboy, but the story doesn't seem to have the same depth, and at times gravitas, that some of the earlier ones did.

I believe Hellboy is at its best when it becomes an exploration of the savagery of life, of the dark corners of our minds, the places in fairytale
Joseph R.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After Hellboy left the B.P.R.D., he wandered around for a few years before winding up in Hell. This tale comes from that middle period. Hellboy is sailing the ocean and is picked up by the Rebecca. The Rebecca's captain puts him in chains and hopes to sell him to P. T. Barnum as a side show freak, which definitely shows something odd going on since it's the late twentieth century for Hellboy. If that wasn't weird enough, the captain answers to a strange woman who has hired the ship to find an an ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea!!! In the tradition of Neil Gaiman’s Harley Quinn Valentine, Creatures of the Night, and Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Dark Horse released another short story graphic novel, this time written by Mike Mignola. This features our favorite red devil comic book character (that could see), wandering off in a sea, probably just after he left BPRD. On the wild waters, he gets picked up by an old ship, probably from the 17-1800’s, and gets tied ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - A relatively small fill-in episode from Hellboy's past. It's an odd choice to use nearly 3 pages of the short work to reference the recent Hellboy events that bring him to this moment. It is as if locating the story in the Hellboy timeline was equally important as the actual story. The art has moments of brilliance, though I prefer the nautical elements (ships and ropes and flotsam) to many of the human figures. One of the best layouts gives a view of what is happening on three level ...more
Cameron Ch
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmm... darn.

I wanted to love this, I really did. The lore was fine but fleshed out so little, the characters were neat but sparse. It was missing something integral to what makes Hellboy stories so great. Maybe if Mignola's vision had been imprinted across his own art it may have made a better impression but this one fell a little flat.

If this was one story in a collection like Right Hand of doom or something I would have been very pleased. However, as it is, with a stand-alone price tag I cann
Fraser Sherman
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Lightweight but effective, taking place right after Hellboy: The Island. Escaping the accursed island, Hellboy wind up in the 19th century, aboard a ship on a bad mystical mission ... which rapidly turns to crap. I felt the ending disappointed, but the story was weird and eerie enough to work (Gary Gianni's art was an important part of that).
Wombo Combo
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very enjoyable short story. It's nothing essential, but it's a fun 50 pages with some really fantastic art. I don't particularly like the ending of the story and I do think that this felt like a story that kind of used Hellboy in a bad way, but for what it is, I liked it. Much like the Midnight Circus, this story is fun, but nothing truly special.
Scott Waldie
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
The art and tone are great, the literary references cool, and I like these mini hardcovers as far as format. However, there's just not enough room here to tell this story with any poignancy, and it just comes off like a sad and minute flashback that Hellboy stumbles across during his messy later sojourns. Not bad, but there are so many better stories in this universe.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Another fantastic hardcover standalone Hellboy book. This one has absolutely gorgeous artwork by Gary Gianni, who has a classic style (he did the Prince Valiant Sunday comic strip for a while). Mignola wrote the story just for him, knowing he'd just nail a book about spooky things on an old whaling ship. I loved it.
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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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