The age of gods came to an end - or so it was believed for
eons... until Thrym the Hollow, Jotunheim's deposed King of
the Frost Giants, rose from the death. This time, he would
not rest until his foes were eviscerated, and his fearful
tyranny reigned across the human realm of Midgard (Earth).
To combat the encroaching evil, the fates reveal a massive
skeleton and iron hammer in an uncommon lightning storm on
the frozen shores of Sweden. Sent to investigate are the Bureau
for Paranormal Research and Defense's
top operatives - the amphibian humanoid Abraham Sapien and
the equally anomalous crimson demon called Hellboy...
The Bones of Giants, only Hellboy can lift the seemingly
immovable object from the lifeless figure's clutches. But
when a lightning strike fuses the iron weapon to his stone
right hand, the occult investigator becomes joined with the
mightiest weapon in all of Norse mythology.
wielded by the legendary thunder-bearer instrumental in Thrym's
downfall, the hammer subjects Hellboy to an ancient life he
has never lived, and visions no other can see. Yet even that
knowledge, coupled with the aid of a talking squirrel, a beautiful
folklorist and dwarfish Nidavellim warriors, may not thwart
the Frost King. Regardless of whether Hellboy triumphs over
Thrym and the other leviathans rising to wage war, he may
still be forever lost to an essence not his own... lost among
the bones of giants.
Golden is not at his best here and in places this feels very
padded. While the plot stays faithful to Mike Mignola's creation,
I couldn't help feeling I was being short changed. Hellboy
works best when Mignola writes and illustrates and sadly,
anything else seems weak in comparison.
not to say that this story is bad, it's just not what a Hellboy
story should be.
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