The Chained Coffin and Others

Author: Mike Mignola
Artist: Mike Mignola
Titan Books
RRP 14.99
ISBN 1 84023 538 1
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In this, the second collection of Mike Magnolia's Hellboy stories, the world's greatest paranormal detective faces a deadly array of mysteries...

Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and Others represents an interesting collection of short stories. However, they are a little too short and any real story telling is lost as Mignola insists on staying true to original folklore - yes, believe it or not, they are all based on legend and myth.

Each story also has a brief introduction by the creator along with points that he feels let the story down. This is a nice touch. It's only really the last story which gets things moving, but it is still over a little too quick.

Fans of the series will be interested to know that we are shown the origin of Roger the Homunculus in the story Almost Colossus. And there is an interesting story called The Wolves of Saint August which deals with the werewolf myth.

For a bite-sized read to dip in and out of this is fine, but as a good solid graphic novel to tax the mind it fails.

One for those who are looking for a light read.

Nick Smithson

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