GIVE TO ME ALL THE HELLBOYS!

Dark Horse has MADE MY DAY with their latest announcement: There’s going to be a HELLBOY Omnibus Collection. ALL THE HELLBOY. In Chronological order. With all new Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart covers. HOLD ME.

So here’s the deal: the Omnibus Collection is only collecting the Hellboy books, not the Hellboy and the BPRD 1950s series. (You can get those trades, no problem, your local comic book shop should be able to hook you up.) There’s going to be four Hellboy volumes to the Omnibus, with every Hellboy storyline written and illustrated by Mike Mignola, plus The Wild Hunt storyline – the basis for the upcoming Hellboy film – by Mignola and illustrated by Duncan Fegredo. We’re also getting two volumes of Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories, with stories illustrated by artists like Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon. AND each of the six trade paperbacks is going to sport new covers by Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart.

 

Here, straight from Dark Horse, is the full scoop on the collection:

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOLUME 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION
Available in comic stores on May 23rd and in bookstores on June 5, 2018.

The story jumps from Hellboy’s mysterious World War II origin to his 1994 confrontation with the man who summoned him to earth, and the earliest signs of the plague of frogs. Avoiding his supposed fate as the herald of the end of the world, Hellboy continues with the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, fighting alongside Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and drafting Roger Homunculus into his own ill-fated service with the B.P.R.D. This 368-page volume covers Hellboy’s adventures from 1994 to 1997, reprinting Seed of Destruction, Wake the Devil, and “Wolves of St August,” “The Chained Coffin,” and “Almost Colossus,” from The Chained Coffin and The Right Hand of Doom.

Image courtesy of Penny Arcade.

HELLBOY: THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES VOL. 1
Available Summer 2018.

The ultimate introduction to this supernatural hero features 16 standalone stories with Mignola’s greatest collaborators—stories that can be read in any order.

In 1994, Mike Mignola released the first Hellboy series, Seed of Destruction, as Hellboy faced his supposed destiny as Beast of the Apocalypse. Before that, he’d spent fifty years fighting monsters as a somewhat carefree member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. The Complete Short Stories Volumes 1 & 2 present those early adventures. “The Crooked Man” and “Double Feature of Evil,” both of which earned Mignola and his legendary collaborator Richard Corben Eisner Awards, are collected with the complete “Hellboy in Mexico” saga, featuring collaborations with Corben, Mick McMahon, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon, as well as one of Mignola’s early masterpiece, “The Corpse.” This 368-page volume covers Hellboy’s adventures from 1947 to 1961, reprinting stories from The Chained Coffin, The Right Hand of Doom, The Bride of Hell, The Crooked Man, The Troll Witch, and Hellboy’s childhood adventure, The Midnight Circus, drawn by Duncan Fegredo.

Right Hand of Doom art courtesy of CalmGamers

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOLUME 2: STRANGE PLACES
Available Summer 2018.

Hellboy loses faith in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense when they strap a bomb to one of his fellow not-quite-human agents. He gets answers about his destiny, like it or not, in over 300 pages of comics mostly drawn by Mignola, featuring award-winning guests Gary Gianni and Richard Corben. This 416-page volume covers Hellboy’s adventures from 1998 to 2005, reprinting Conqueror Worm, Strange Places, Into the Silent Sea, and “The Right Hand of Doom, “Box Full of Evil,” and “Being Human” from The Right Hand of Doom and B.P.R.D. Being Human.

Conqueror Worm art courtesy of Manof2Moro

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOLUME 3: THE WILD HUNT
Available Fall 2018.

The basis for the upcoming Hellboy feature film! Terrible powers determined to kill Hellboy force him strike a deal with the Russian witch, the Baba Yaga, and to confront the truth about his destiny. The human race hangs in the balance, as well as King Arthur’s sword Excalibur, in a story that wipes England off the map and sets in motion the end of the world … Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo’s complete trilogy is collected for the first time in this 512-page volume, reprinting Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, and The Storm and the Fury, and the short story “The Mole.”

The Storm and the Fury courtesy of In the Mouth of Dorkness

HELLBOY: THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES VOL. 2
Available Fall 2018.

Featuring “The Hydra and the Lion,” “The Troll Witch,” “The Baba Yaga,” “The Sleeping and the Dead,” “Heads,” “Goodbye Mister Tod,” “The Vârcolac,” “The Vampire of Prague,” “The Bride of Hell,” “The Whittier Legacy,” “Buster Oakley Gets His Wish,” “They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships,” “A Christmas Underground”, “Dr. Carp’s Experiment,” “The Ghoul,” “In the Chapel of Moloch,” and “Makoma.”

A Christmas Underground from Jacobfouldslramd

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOLUME 4: HELLBOY IN HELL
Available Winter 2019

Hellboy in Hell, The Exorcist of Vorsk, The Magician and the Snake

Hellboy in Hell courtesy of The Weekly Spoon

About the Author

Rosemary K.
I’m a children’s librarian, comics and pop culture fiend, bibliomaniac, unrepentant fangirl, and tabletop gaming n00b. Every year, I watch streaming E3 panels with my kids, who are gamers, and I return to my Monster Busters app on my phone and sigh.
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