Hellboy: Seed of Destruction
By Mike Mignola and John Byrne
Dark Horse Books
I don’t know where to start with this so please be patient. It’ll probably be short anyway…not for lack of enjoyment or appeal but more from the fact that, as I said, I don’t know where to start.
Hellboy, on a trip back to the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, finds Professor Bruttenholm struggling to remember something. Before he is able to explain his thoughts to Hellboy, an attack takes place killing the Professor and sending Hellboy and his cohorts, Elizabeth Sherman and Abraham Sapien, on a dangerous mission that answers no questions and leaves them knowing more terror is to come.
I don’t read graphic novels nearly enough and I’ll even admit to buying most of those currently in our house knowing my husband likes them but really what I’m looking for is an excuse to buy more of them because I think they’re cool. I have a not so secret love of the Hellboy movies and this one is the basis for the Hellboy II: The Golden Army movie although I will say that a lot is imagined in the movie because this one is rather bare on the details. I’m all right with that and can see what was used and what was ditched. I know there are a lot of bloggers out there that don’t like movie adaptations of books but with a graphic novel, I think you have to allow more leeway.
The artwork is done well but I don’t feel the horror that it’s supposed to inspire, hence the only 3.75 stars. It does give you the same destructive feel that is always present with Hellboy though and I like that this personality trait came through. If you aren’t familiar with these characters, I’m not sure this is a good starting place although this is the first in this particular series storyline but not the comic series itself. Actually, that’s just what I think; I didn’t Google that so if I’m wrong, I’m wrong. Without much background, you’re dropped in and moved along at a fast pace. I enjoyed that but can see how it might induce confusion.
If you’re familiar with the story and characters, or share my guilty pleasure for the movies, I’d recommend this one.