The other night I was flipping through the TV channels, and I came across a showing of the first Hellboy movie. Having been a comic book reader for years, I watched a few minutes nd was intrigued, but I quickly went to bed as it was getting late. I had never read Hellboy before, as I thought it would be sort-of a tribute to the demonic and occult (which it is not - the name “Hellboy” simply refers to his appearance - not his religious beliefs). However, since I enjoyed those few moments I watched, I decided to buy a copy of Hellboy Volume 1: Seed of Destruction.
I must say that I was thoroughly impressed. Although I currently read books with more clearly defined lines and brighter colors (i.e. the current run of Green Arrow/Black Canary), I enjoyed the art and felt that it fit the story perfectly. The art was great - the bright colors on dark panels really seemed to leap from the page. There was not a single page which I thought contained sub-par art. Furthermore, I enjoyed the writing because it gave a good explanation of Hellboy’s origin as well as the other members of the BPRD (if you don’t recognize this acronym, then read this book or watch the movie!)
This is not the end of the story…after finishing this book, I went to Wal-Mart and found a three-disc, special edition version of Hellboy for $9. The movie, although containing some typical comic-book-turned-movie cheese, was very good. To my surprise, it also followed some of the story from Hellboy Volume 1: Seed of Destruction. pretty closely, which is not common in this genre of movies.
In conclusion, I will say two things. First, I am primarliy a DC reader, but I WILL buy more Hellboy books in the future. Second, I will also be seeing the second Hellboy movie, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army which arrives in theatres on July 11. I encouorage you to do the same.
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