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Hellboy Vol 7: The Troll Witch and Others

Friday, November 7, 2008

Hellboy Vol 7: The Troll With and Others (2007) Mike Mignola, Richard Corben, P. Craig Russell

This is another collection of shorter stories, and as usual, these collections tend to be my favorites. Though I do have to admit, that from reading Mike Mignola’s introductions to the various Hellboy short stories, I have apparently missed my calling, as the only other people who seemed to be as fascinated with folktales as I am are comic book writers.

I’ll have to keep that in mind next time I’m considering a career change.

The Troll Witch and Others is a collection of Hellboy stories, some drawn by Mike Mignola, some drawn by Richard COrben and P. Craig Russell. Although most of the stories were pretty good, there were some I really liked, and some I didn’t much care for. As usual.

“The Vampire of Prague” was a strange story that was more art work story that written story, which didn’t make it a particular favorite, even thought I was amused by the the way the vampire looked.

I liked Makoma quite a bit, and I’m sure the fact it was heavily based on folklore didn’t hurt that a bit. I especially liked the bag of holding, and Hellboy/Makoma’s reaction when he discovers the empty bag. Well, that’s like as in thought it interesting, not like as in found it fun. Just so you know.

But my favorite story in the collection was “The Troll Witch.” Hellboy always wants to talk to the bad guys, and it never made much sense before. It makes a lot more sense after reading this story. Because you can’t always tell who the bad guy is by looks alone. I particularly liked the ending of “THe Troll Witch” and I’d say it’s probably one of my favorite Hellboy stories so far.

So if, like me, you’re a fan of the Hellboy collections full of shorter stories, this is a collection you don’t want to miss. It would also be a perfectly good place to start reading Hellboy, as it doesn’t particularly require previous knowledge of Hellboy or his past.
Rating: 8/10

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