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Hellboy: The Lost Army

(Hellboy Novels)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  995 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola wanted to take his comic book creation, the world's greatest paranormal investigator, into different territory. So he hooked up with Christopher Golden, author of Of Saints and Shadows to write a prose novel featuring Hellboy. The result is this 208-page story about a team of archeologists who head toward the Great Sand Sea near Libya to exhume ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published December 2002 by Titan Books (first published June 3rd 1997)
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Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Christopher Golden's first collaboration with Mike Mignola. Golden really gets Hellboy. This thing reads exactly like a Hellboy comic. Plus, he gives Hellboy a sex life. You gotta love it.

Hellboy heads to Libya to help an old flame. A group of archaeologists have vanished in the desert while searching for a lost Persian army. Hellboy parachutes in to investigate. In his typical stone-fisted way, he uncovers an ancient sorcerer who's trying to bring a god to our reality. Along the way he fights z
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Let me say that I am big big big fan of Hellboy. I love the story, the concept, even the character in movie and book and comic format. But HELLBOY: THE LOST ARMY did nothing for me. I found it rambled in too many spots and the story was just a jumbled mess.

I understand where Golden was trying to take this, and I can appreciate that, but if he would have simplified the storyline and remained true to the character of Hellboy, then this would hav come out much better.

Perhaps this "novel" was mere
Wing Kee
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hellboy and the Mignolaverse is just so dense and amazing that no matter the format the stories takes, if the writers understand it and respect it, you will have a wonderful story.

I've never read Christopher Golden's books, I've never even heard of him before this, but when Mignola announced that he would be writing HB's first novel format story I was very much intrigued. This is actually the third time I've read this book (so yes, expect me to say that it's pretty damn good) and every time I re
Martin Pinkerton
The BLUFF: Fun enough, wouldn't read again but don't regret reading it, will likely read the sequel (since we already own it)

Equivalent of: reading an comic book with mature content
Ideal for: fans of the character and/or sci-fi occult stories, not young kids

This book was enjoyable enough. It's about a comic book character and read like a text version of a comic book. The original artist/creator drew the illustrations so that's a plus. I had bought it and its sequel for my oldest son years ago. I
Leila Anani
This ticks a lot of my boxes: Hellboy, Ancient History/Myth, Zombies, tentacle monster, metamorphosis... and it gives Hellboy a love interest, but somehow it wasn't nearly as good as it should have been.

I think part of the reason is that this takes Hellboy out of his element and puts him on a solo mission with completely new characters - So there's hardly any Abe, Liz, professor Bruttenholm and no Nazi or steampunk elements and I'm sorry but these trappings are as much as what makes Hellboy grea
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The Lost Army by Christopher Golden is the first Hellboy novel, based on the comic book series of the same name. The book includes illustrations by series creator Mike Mignola. While I’ve enjoyed prose Hellboy stories from a couple of anthologies by now, this was my first venture into a full novel about the character. Since this was published in 1997 there have been nine other Hellboy novels and four anthologies. Interestingly, only a handful of this material is considered to be in continuity wi ...more
T. Blake
I'm on the fence about the formatting and the story line. I think I liked it mostly because I read about 80% of it while sitting in the court house, waiting to see if I'd be called in to sit in as a Juror, and it helped kill the time. Take what you will from my snippet of input surrounding this book.
Avery Follett
I loved this!! I am gripped by an intense urge to read every single Hellboy novel. This guy will always be my favourite character and, after having read all of the comics and graphic novels, I would love to read all the novels too in order to complete my psychological collection.
Eric Evans
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never really heard of Hellboy untill the movie came out and I wasn't a fan. So cruising the online library I stumbled across some novels. Researched to see where to start. To my surprise it was a very well done enjoyable book. I look forward to reading the others.
Joe Lambert
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, quick read with some genuinely creepy sequences. You can tell Golden really enjoys Hellboy as a character
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook version. Great story! FANTASTIC narration.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dustin Riccio
The plot did eventually come together but I found the prose pretty pedestrian. Hard not to wonder if Hellboy just works best as a comic character?
Feb 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used to enjoy Hellboy prose novels more when they were published by Pocket Star Books. I don't know how much say a publisher has in choosing who will author their novels but overall the quality was far better with PSB than when the franchise moved over to Dark Horse Books. A good example of the better quality can be found in 'Hellboy: The Lost Army'.
We start off the book with a foreword by Hellboy's creator Mike Mignola. Not being much of a fanboy when it comes to authors, artists, actors or a
A friend of mine talked me into reading this, though I was highly dubious whether Hellboy could successfully make the jump to prose novels. Underscoring my doubt was the fact that Christopher Golden's name was on the cover, since I believe he really dropped the ball in adapting the ALIENS and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER franchises. (His UNCHARTED tie-in was OK.)
That being said, HELLBOY: THE LOST ARMY quenched all doubts right from the get-go. Golden seems right at home in this storytelling environm
Victor Espinosa
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thumbs up for this book. Though it started off slow and choppy and it took me a while to like the characters, it really developed into a good story.
Pros: Great action. Chris Golden writes in short choppy sentences that don't work well with descriptive scenes, but make action and combat scenes work perfectly. He has great vocabulary to describe things correctly the first time, and paces the novel well. There is hardly a moment in the story where it feels boring or lax. The action is awesome, the
Kevin C Steele
I've had this one on my shelf for a couple of years and finally decided to read it when I was fiending for some Hellboy fun. I thoroughly enjoy the movies, as well as the occasional graphic novel. I've also been a long-time fan of pulp characters such as "The Spider" and "Doc Savage", so I figured Hellboy would be perfect for the "illustrated novel" treatment. Admittedly, this was my second attempt at this book, as it didn't hook me the first time. But, this time it got me and it was just what ...more
Willow Redd
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here we have the first Hellboy novel, officially sanctioned by Mike Mignola (who also illustrates). It took me a while to get a hold of this, since I was silly enough to let it go out of print on me, but now I have it.

This was also, I believe, the first appearance of Anastasia Bransfield, Hellboy's former love interest who calls when needed. Golden explores their story more in some of the other novels and stories he's written.

The story has everything you'd expect from a Hellboy tale; a lost Pers
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't have much to say about Hellboy: The Lost Army. It's about what you'd expect. Maybe a little less than, since I was expecting the writing to be a little stronger than it ended up being. Not that it needed to be a literary masterpiece--I just thought that some of the prose felt a little silly at times. The story is good enough, pretty gripping especially as you get to the end. The book poses some interesting questions about the Hellboy mythos, given that it's considered more or less canon, ...more
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luv the character and give 'em hell boy name. My first novel on this comic commando. The storyline felt a little predictable with all the usual suspects a la the risen army of dead zombies (been there in Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean and countless others). Actually enjoyed the writing but wish it was just a bit darker and descriptive like a Conan novel. What really rocked was the bad ass with horns getting heart burn from a female interest. Adds a nice dimension to his hellish pers ...more
Tommy Demsky
Eh. 2,5/5

I usually love action adventure historical/mythical pulp stories. Even in cases when they aren't anything deep or special.
But here there were some character choices that REALLY got on my nerves in this book.
The annoying 'nice guy' professor character was just... just bad and cringe. Which maybe was the point, but I don't know. I really disliked that whole arc.
And then there was the fact that all the MI5 agents were just written as dumb brutes and nothing else, which felt so lazy. Ev
Quentin Wallace
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first of the Hellboy novels, the Lost Army was very enjoyable. It contains everything you want from a Hellboy story, including a wide assortment of monsters! This volume includes Giant Spiders, Zombies, Ghosts, Werewolves, a Cthulhu tentacled creature as well as many more. Just a very well done novel, and if you enjoy the Hellboy comics I think you will love the novel. If you don't read comics, you should read this if you like horror and action as it has plenty of both, with some humor tosse ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe this was the first Hellboy novelization, and it's certainly still one of the best. Golden does an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the comics, and all of the characters rang true to me. The plot is more complex and detailed than could be done in graphics form, and this edition includes many terrific illustrations. It's a real page-turner!
Brandon St Mark
Actual rating: 4.75 stars.

This was a really fun book. Towards the end, I was getting bored of the Creaghan chapters/perspectives, so I did skip them after about chapter 14 (so like the last five chapters in the book), this the actual rating.

If you like Hellboy, I would definitely suggest giving this book a try. I don't think it quite lives up to the comics, but it is still a good book.
Chris Morrow
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was a fun read, not particularly like the movie, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing.
Enjoyed reading this though, I came at hellboy from the movie side of things, not being a comicbook reader until later in life.
Danaleox Bongiovanni
I read this in one week fun.
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh man. If this isn't the 2nd movie, it's GOTTA be the 3rd.
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hellboy
I did not enjoy this Hellboy novelization as much as I have the others. The story did not flow well, in my opinion.
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Golden is the man!
Quentin Norris
A decent pulpy ride. Mignolia's illustrations are great but I wish he'd written it too. Golden's style gets stale near the end, but picks up again in the last few pages.
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more

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