Written by Steve Weiner (The Will Eisner Companion) and Jason Hall (Beware the Creeper, Trigger, Detective Comics) and densely illustrated with classic images from the comics as well as a handful of new drawings from Mignola, this volume offers thorough documentation of the Hellboy universe, compiling the many complex pieces that make up the life of the World’s Greatest Paranormal Investigator into an easily understandable format. From Abe Sapien to the secret origin of the world, this complete compendium is every hardcore Hellboy fan’s key to the mind of Mike Mignola, and the ultimate introduction for anyone looking to begin their journey in the weird and wondrous world he has created.
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As a reference work, Hellboy: The Companion does a fine job of keeping track of the history of characters and the story timeline. Unfortunately, it doesn't do much else, and I was looking forward to a bit more analysis of the stories, characters and world associated with Hellboy. The one bit that went beyond the reference was a short chapter by Mike Mignola on the influences on him and his storytelling. Even here, though, no surprises: Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, all the big names from the Weird Tales days, with the surprising exception of Pinnocchio that he cites for a combination of absurdist humor and horror.Recommended for those wanting to learn the back story of characters and explore the world of Hellboy a bit. Having read the actual works first is pretty much a requirement.
not asgood as i thought