Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola, John Byrne
Hell Boy series #1
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I liked the Hellboy movies, but had never read the comics from which they sprung. I decided I needed to correct that lapse.
The art in these is pretty good, the style used perfect for the title, and the character designs are excellent, (though the Liz Sherman character is provided very little backstory or action in this story). The mixture of WW II pseudo-history, with superhero characters and paranormal investigators, with a healthy dose of Lovecraftian and gothic horror elements all makes for a very cool world. The dialog was pretty good for the most part. The only thing I thought lacking in this collection of the first Hellboy comics was the plot. What there was had a lot of potential, but could have used some more work. The first movie took elements from these first books, polished and edited some for at least a little more meat than found here.
Regardless I really liked this first volume, and plan to read more.