Wake the Devil

Author: Mike Mignola
Artist: Mike Mignola
Titan Books
RRP 14.99
ISBN 1 84023 540 3

Nazis, Harpies and Vampires are in a day's work for Hellboy, the world's greatest paranormal investigator.
Our hard-punching hero, the twisted firestarter Liz Sherman, fish-man Abe Sapien come face to face with a cast of demons, devils and worse as they battle their way through a ruined Romanian castle. Hellboy is about to become the unwitting centre of a vast and deadly plot, a plot that hinges on his shady origins...

Wake the Devil is by far the greatest Hellboy graphic novel to date. Instead of a collection of short stories, this collection is a complete story arc that delves into the seedy underworld of the Nazi's evil past and Hitler's strange obsession with the occult.

As is common with these graphic novels, Mignola has included some additional material that was not present in the original series. This time around he has included an epilogue which was especially constructed for this release.

Mignola is a genius. His warped writing and illustrations set the Hellboy series head and shoulders above anything else that has emerged from the comic market for some time. His clever use of folklore and Nazi myth help to keep the reader guessing at how much is based on real folklore and how much is conjured up from Mignola's twisted mind.

If you have outgrown the sycophantic Superman, are bored of sulky old Batman and could never fathom what the hell the JLA were all about anyway then you have grown up and it is time to move onto Hellboy.

Darren Rea

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