Conqueror Worm

Author: Mike Mignola
Artist: Mike Mignola
Titan Books
RRP 14.99
ISBN 1 84023 541 1
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When Hellboy, Liz Sherman and Roger the Homunculus set out to investigate an abandoned German castle they have no idea of the horrors that await them. With a fail-safe bomb planted in Roger's chest and a mysterious, perhaps treacherous guide, it seems that the horrors of real life outweigh whatever they might find...

Think you know weird? Well Conqueror Worm unleashes some pretty warped creations. Dead Nazis, a living brain in a jar, Rasputin, Baba Yaga and the mysterious assassin known as the Lobster - can you think of a more bizarre collection of foes? Looks like the twisted creative mind that is Mignola has come up trumps again.

This time around Hellboy's paranoia is put to the test. If his superiors have planted a fail-safe bomb on Roger to stop him if he should get out of hand, then who knows what they have planted on Hellboy?

There are a few legend/mythology references - which is what the earlier Hellboy short stories were all about - but for the most part this graphic novel concentrates more on the relationship between Hellboy, his partners and his superiors. And to be honest this seems to work much better than the earlier works.

If you want something fresh in your comic collection then Conqueror Worm is worth looking at. Mignola is a genius and each Titan Graphic novel just seems to get better.

Darren Rea

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