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Koshchei the Deathless

(Koshchei the Deathless #1-6)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Mignola returns to Hell and to the bizarre folklore that's filled some of his greatest books, reuniting with one of his favorite collaborators, Ben Stenbeck (Frankenstein Underground, Witchfinder: In The Service of Angels, Baltimore). This volumes collects the complete six-issue series plus bonus material.

Sent to kill Hellboy by the Baba Yaga in Darkness Calls, Koshchei th
Paperback, 168 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Dark Horse Books
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Sam Quixote
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Mike Mignola and Dark Horse continue to desperately milk the Hellboy franchise for all its worth, this time focusing on an obscure supporting character from the series, Koschei the Deathless. And, like most Hellboy-related stuff published these days, it’s absolutely boring!

Do we really need to be told how this dude became “deathless”? The answer was always going to be “magic”! And why do we need to see where his timeline syncs up with Hellboy’s? Or see Koschei and Hellboy drinking in a bar in H
Nobody has a handle on Russian mythology quite like the American artist and writer Mike Mignola, which is a bit ironic, but also perfectly logical. Mignola has built his entire Hellboy universe around different folklores of the world, and few mythologies are more prevalent in Hellboy than Russian fairy tales. I can guarantee you that almost every Russian person is familiar with characters like Baba Yaga, Leshii, Vasilisa the Beautiful and Koshchei the Deathless, but until I've read Hellboy, Vol ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
This is a rather small one shot graphic novel. It brings to a complete circle the tale of Koshchei the Deathless.

Last I saw of KD (I'm abbreviating his name cuz I'm lazy) was in Hellboy's Vol 3 Omnibus (The Wild Hunt). KD had been suborned by Baba Yaga to take out Hellboy. This GN tells the entire story. From start to finish, including the parts from the Omnibus, though told from KD's view.

We see the young KD, as well as how he grew up to be a great warrior. His friendship with a dragon gave him
Wing Kee
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and tragic in every way.

World: The art in this book is fantastic, the tone and sense of melancholy is in every panel and the colors from Stewart really bring that out. The world buildling here is also a tour de force bringing back so much of the past and also drawing so much from Russian folklore that it’s beautiful to behold. There is a grounded yet magicial nature to the world and it’s so beautifully and poetically done. This is a master at work, pulling all the pieces that readers h
Ill D
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gentlemen and Scholars
Caveat: I’ve definitely been out of the Hellboy loop for sometime now. And while this probably wasn’t the best place to jump back in, it was generally a good read.

Caught up between there hereafter and the subterranean, Koshchei darns its own narrative, sewing together numerous strands of Mignola’s nightmare world. With a delightfully cosmogenic veneer, a strongly pagan origin story explains as much the past as much as prognosticates the future. With Eastern European barbarians, magic, and Baba
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Classic Mignola, in both art and story.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5*. A good fantasy story where Koshchei describes a story to Hellboy in conversational backstory type setup. It has great moments but probably goes on for a little too long
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really nice combination of art and story, as Mignola tells the history of Koshchei, a character from Russian mythology. This is about as good as it gets...
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first Hellboy/Hellboy Spin-off comic that I read and for that it was glorious. The first thing why I found this story amazing is its usage of Slavic mythology (and others as well) and how it relies on it. But probably if You read any Hellboy comics before You know this, for me, as a newbie (and mythology fan) it is truly impressive. The story of this comic is very well put together and it is nicely articulated as well. The art is bright (dark), very distinctive and characteristic, bu ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Strangely enough, Koschei the Deathless is both a prequel and epilogue to the Hellboy saga, and was pretty much what I was hoping for. Mike Mignola is best when telling this kind of story, full of passing allusions to old folktales and his own intricate mythology, dripping with dream logic, and pervaded by a gorgeous sadness and desolate remorse. Koschei tells his story to Hellboy in a bar somewhere in Hell. While that sounds like the start of a joke, booze in Hell must be pretty watered-down (y ...more
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of the Mignolaverse/Hellboy Universe. It’s one of the most meticulously crafted culling of stories in modern media with epic upon epic nestled against the mundane like two characters reliving their past in a bar in Hell. It is with this framing that we learn about the tragic history of Koshchei the Deathless, one of the most memorable characters introduced in Hellboy.

Like a lot of great Hellboy stories, Mignola tapped into folklore to inspire his characters, and he drew from Russ
Joseph R.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A young, poor man has no particular talents so he becomes a soldier. He discovers his talent is for soldiering, engendering the jealousy of his fellow (less competent) soldiers. They beat him near to death and leave him in the woods. A dragon comes by in the form of a man and promises to heal the soldier if he will be the dragon's servant for nine years. The guy has no choice but to agree. The dragon's affection for him grows. The dragon releases him with a magic shirt that lets no weapon harm h ...more
Koshchei and Hellboy meet in a pub in Hell and Koshchei starts telling his life story to Hellboy.

No, it ain't beginning of the joke, this is how this story actually starts.

Koshchei starts from the very beginning and we witness his raise as a warrior, betrayals that brought him into contact with supernatural, first with the ancient dragon and then Baba Yaga, trickster that manages to bind him to her own will and use him as a tool, culminating with Koshchei's attack on Hellboy and his ultimate de
Aug 09, 2020 added it
A terrific standalone Hellboy story. Koshchei the Deathless is having drinks with Hellboy in Hell, telling him his life story. He starts at the very beginning and goes through the time he faced down Hellboy in the Darkness Calls arc. Accordingly, much of his story concerns his tumultuous relationship with Baba Yaga, including what happened to them after Darkness Calls. The rest is a series of Koshchei’s adventures and quests when he was prideful. This isn’t a wildly important story in the grand ...more
Fraser Sherman
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Exceptionally good Hellboy spinoff. Koshchei battled Hellboy in Darkness Calls; here he meets up with Hellboy in Hell (where else?) and tells the backstory of how he went from a young boy to a deathless sorcerer and warrior.
What I liked about this is that it really has a myth/legend feel to it. Corpses that turn into snakes, little girls carrying skulls full of fire, Koshchei hiding his magic powers by putting them in a horse. It's weird and eerie, also very bloody as Koshchei is not a nice pers
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
DEEP dive into the universe of Hellboy, but also just a straightforward fairy tale of old, complete with lies, magic, resurrection and creatures from beyond our understanding of the physical world. Hellboy himself is a side character in this, but the action focuses on Koshchei, and you need not have completed the Hellboy canon to appreciate this story. Mignola writes and does covers, and the art is handled after his style, so the overall effect transports you into the world of Koshchei, his choi ...more
Koen Claeys
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mignola's Hellboy-universe produced a lot of spin-offs in recent years, disappointingly enough mostly really bad ones. (although B.P.R.D. managed to uphold a certain quality) It was with a certain reluctance that I started this paperback and I was pleasantly surprised to read a well written story accompanied by great artwork. Long time ago that I felt the comic book magic with an adventure "from the pages of Hellboy". A bit ironic that a story about a soulless character felt so devilishly inspir ...more
Ben Claymier
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun, winding fairy tale spliced into some good ol' two-fisted Hellboy action.
This is an entertaining take on a dark and ancient fairy-tale, with excellent visuals and snappy writing to back it up.
It's certainly a simple book, no great philosophical or moral quandaries here, but it benefits more from being uncomplicated than it's hurt by it.
I recommend this for anyone who's a Hellboy or Mignola fan, or anyone that just appreciates a good Russian fairy-tale.
D. Fish
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-collection
An interesting telling of Slavic folklore, this version of Koshchei the Deathless comes with wonderful artwork, the writing of Mike Mignola, and a connection to the world of Hellboy. Giving more context for Koschei's appearance in a previous Hellboy series where he worked for the Baba Yaga while also telling his origin story. It is a very enjoyable read, with stunning visuals that you can honestly jump in on without having read much of his previous appearance. ...more
Nicole Westen
I thought this was going to be a graphic retelling of the original story of Koshchei the Deathless. It wasn't, but I was really happy anyway. This is basically the backstory of Koshchei from the Hellboy series, as told by Koshchei to Hellboy over drinks. I like the ending, leaving it a little open ended for more in the future, if the opportunity should arrive. Koshchei is a great anti-hero. ...more
Tom Shapira
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Top notch fantasy comics, in spirit and design it reminds me of the Jim Hanson's The Storyteller: Mignola NAILS the dream-logic of old tales and Stenbeck shows his best work yet (I wasn't that down on his Frankenstein Underground - either he improved plenty or the subject matter lends itself better to his talents).
Jim N
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed everything I've read by Mike Mignola over the years and Ben Stenbeck's art is consistently excellent, as is Dave Stewart's coloring. That said, this book was a "cut above" even for these three talented creators. It's a superb bit of dark folklore set in the Hellboy universe and told with the flair for deadpan humor that's one of Mignola's signatures. I absolutely loved it. ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an awesome collection of retold Russian folktales disguised as Koschei’s life story. And I love that the framing device for all this is Koschei and Hellboy just hanging out in a pub in Hell (called The Drunken Limpet), chit-chatting about their lives when they weren’t beating the snot out of each other.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Mignola's retelling and inclusion of the original Russian folktale into the Hellboy universe is as captivating as any fairy tale can be. This standalone collection of the titular hero-turned-villian-turned-demon-turned-wanderer is remarkable in its own right, but is vastly improved even further if you've read the dozens and dozens of Hellboy stories that are mentioned and revisited throughout. ...more
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really loved this back / side story for Hellboy's version of Koshchei the Deathless. I'll read pretty much anything from Mike Mignola's universe, but this reminds me of why Hellboy sucked me in way back when. ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Brilliant, sad, exciting - Mike Mignola crafts his own version of the Koshchei folk lore. The mini ties in with the Hellboy/Mignolaverse but new readers don't need to know any additional background to enjoy this fantastic story. ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
i miss Mike Mignola and this Hellboy lore
Joe Donley
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun romp through folklore and earlier Hellboy storylines.
Lukas Holmes
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything Mignola does is perfect.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everything you could want from a comic based on a character from Russian mythology
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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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