Nearing the end of World War II, he was summoned and found by Trevor Bruttenholm and the army and taken in by them. He was named Hellboy and is known as the world's greatest paranormal investigator.
He doesn't know his origins, his past and doesn't care what his destiny is supposed to be. Hellboy wants to do what he wants with his life. But those from his past definitely won't let go.
I am a huge, huge fan of the movies. They are absolutely amazing and just at times breath-takingly beautiful. The costumes are so well done and the story was definitely one that hooked me. Ron Perlman is perfect as Hellboy and no one, I mean, no one else can play Hellboy.
I've watched both movies many times and the animated ones as well (they great also). Recently there has been news from Guillermo del Toro that Hellboy 3 is unlikely. I'm not giving up hope and I decided I would read the books.
I've known about the books for years and since I love the movies so much, why haven't I read the books? I don't know. I've always been interested in reading them. Now I wish I did start reading them sooner.
While there are many differences story-wise in this book between the movie, I can see parts that are the same, or at least inspired much of the story in the movie. The story is basically the same, but just done differently. And usually books are always better than movies. In my opinion, both are equally amazing.
I really loved this book; how the story and characters were set up. Hellboy is really a great character, very complex. There is a lot more to Hellboy than just being a demon. And honestly, I often forget he is a demon. He's a good guy. Sure, he's got an attitude, but he cares and he doesn't want to do what his destiny is.
I've grown up watching superhero cartoons and movies. I loved watching X-Men as a kid, Rogue and Storm were (actually, still are) my favorite characters. Spider-man was good too, and Batman. I really loved watching those cartoons as a kid. And eventually seeing the live-action movies.
Then in 2004 Hellboy came along and for me, changed the world of superheroes. He was so different and I liked that. And the fact the story is more on the paranormal side made me like it even more.
Basically, I have a long history with the movie series and a great, great love for it. Hellboy is my all time favorite superhero and I thank Mike Mignola for creating.
This book didn't disappoint at all and I'm honestly eager to read the rest of the volumes. I've put two more volumes on hold at my library already!
The movies got me hooked and now the books do as well. I can't wait to read more and see where the story goes.
Oh, and I think Hollywood needs to suck it up and make Hellboy 3 already. We need Hellboy 3!