Post by Sane Scientist on May 14, 2014 9:05:45 GMT -6
Hello comics pushers,
I heard your call for questions on this week's episode and have one that I feel may be near and dear to Matt's heart. I've read a smattering of Hellboy and BPRD here and there, but never really knew where to dive in. As this week sees the release of a new arc in Abe Sapien and the continuation of Hellboy in Hell, I was wondering if now was a good time to jump in wholeheartedly or would it be better to start fresh from the start? I know enough about the world and characters that I wouldn't consider myself a complete novice, and would like to be a part of and support the current ongoing books, but don't know if I need the full backstory to be able to comprehend what's going on. Even if nows a good time to jump on, are there any "must read" trades I need to be looking for? Any I can save my money on and avoid?
Post by woollytoots on Apr 14, 2015 21:39:12 GMT -6
I love the Mignola-verse so much. I read everything under that banner. I've turned my back on superheroes because the Mignola-verse has shown me what comics can be. What heroes can be. What a villain really is. No tights. No capes. All bad-ass.
If you can, I suggest starting over. From the very beginning of both Hellboy and B.P.R.D. As you go along reread what you have already been through as it comes along in the series. You will be rewarded.
You asked this question almost a year ago. You may have already decided how to tackle this stuff and have moved on. Let me know would you? I'm super curious to know where you are with this. Also, I feel like I must apologize for not seeing this question and responding earlier. As for Matt, you directed this question at him and that dude has no excuse for leaving you in the dark. The jerk.
I'd agree about starting from the beginning – as much as I love them, and they can stand alone, all the series are so far into one long mythological arc, it would be a disservice to skip anything. Least of all because it's all frikkin awesome.
At a push, I'd say you could skip to the beginning of the BPRD series and ignore the early Hellboy stuff as I feel Mignola was still finding his feet as a plotter.
Post by briandomingos on Apr 27, 2015 11:19:44 GMT -6
Yeah, there are 100+ issues of BPRD but it's in easy to swallow chunks, so definitely start from the beginning. I adore the first five Mignola/HELLBOYs. The Fegredo issues, while nice to look at, were kind of a mess of "here's how everything ties together!" Mignola, much like his red-handed creation, hammers it in to the point of destruction. HELLBOY IN HELL is great, though, and a real return to form.
BPRD, the Guy Davis era, is all fantastic. It's one, big, ugly story and it's worth the time. HELL ON EARTH is more segmented with shorter arcs and it takes a while for the art and characters to click.