Hellboy Vol.1 : Seed of Destruction
- Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
- Writers: John Byrne, Mike Mignola
- Artist: Mike Mignola
- Genre: Horror/Urban Fantasy
- Year: 1994
What’s it all about?
What happens next?
Bruttenholm is murdered by a mysterious frog-monster, so Hellboy beats the everlasting crap out of it. He then investigates his father’s murder with the help two of his colleagues – Liz Sherman (a pyrokinetic – she can create and control fire) and Abe Sapien (effectively a fish-man).
Rasputin needs Hellboy’s massive, stone-like hand to release the ancient evil, and stopping him means Hellboy will have to fight against his own destiny.
Is it any good?
Well, the story is crafted very carefully, and the art is superb. Hellboy reads like Lovecraft pulp action. You can sit back and enjoy the fast-paced action or you can look deeply into the plot and the characters. There’s a lot to Hellboy, and you can examine it on any number or layers and still fully enjoy it.
Is there a movie?
Yes, there are two, both directed by Guillermo del Toro. “Hellboy” in 2004 and the sequel “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” in 2008. The movies are pretty close to the source material but have their own plots and continuity. Both are worth watching. Oh, and the two animated movies “Sword of Storms“ and “Blood and Iron” are also pretty cool.