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Hellboy, Vol. 2: Wake the Devil

(Hellboy #2)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  15,482 ratings  ·  312 reviews
A murder in a New York wax museum and a missing corpse lead Hellboy and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense into ancient Romanian castles on the trail of a sleeping legend: the nobleman vampire, Vladimir Guirescu. Nazi scientists, revived in Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, prepare for the return of Rasputin and the end of the world, and Hellboy confronts his purpo ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 144 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Dark Horse Books (first published June 11th 1997)
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A hell better than the first volume!

Creative Team:

Creator, Writer & Illustrator: Mike Mignola

Colors: James Sinclair

Letttering: Pat Brosseau


Think. Why burn down the world when we can be its masters?

That dialogue is a great teaching to all those stories where the bad guys are planning to destroy the world...

...where are you gonna live after that, morons?!!!

Conquer the world, I can understand that (it doesn’t mean that I sympathize with the concept) but destroy it? T
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A lot goes on between the lines in these comics, giving us a history largely unseen and mostly just implied.

Fortunately, it also relies on so many occult sources and mysteries and legends and mythologies and old gods that it's pretty cool just to sit back and see where Hecate or the Sumerian head honcho An or where Rasputin takes us.

Murder mysteries aside, of course, it's great to see the bird women and the dead rise and getting to see a whole damn castle blow up. It's fun for all the kiddies!

Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, horror
Hellboy Volume 2:Wake the Devil is one hell of a great story. This is the best, of my admittedly limited experience, of the Hellboy books I've come across. It had a little bit of everything- Nazis, Rasputin, Hecate and Vampires. A motley combination, I shall admit, but like Chop Suey it works well together.

The tale starts with a wealthy businessman named Roderick Zinco. Zinco funds a project to look into an abandoned World War 2 base in the frozen arctic portion of Norway. Once Zinco lands and b
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This second volume in the Hellboy series is menacing and intensely creepy. People familiar with the first film by Guillermo Del Toro about Hellboy will recognize some elements of the story, but a good bit of the story was also adapted to the animated film "Blood and Iron." I think that as dark as both film adaptations are, the source material is moreso.

Hellboy managed to overcome his origins through sheer force of his self-determined will in Volume 1, Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction. He is
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Again, a much better impression on a second read. This volume is still a bit rough, but at least John Byrne's clunky writing style is gone, and Mignola's doing a much better job writing and drawing his own story. And he will get much better in the later volumes, obviously. And again, there are a lot of super-important story elements in this second book that I totally missed or forgot on my first read.

Also, I have to say, Dark Horse is putting a lot of incredibly interesting extra stuff in these
You know what is really great? A tulip of beautiful, rich imperial stout. You know what is even better? Having a second one right after the first, equally beautiful and equally rich.

Well, it’s the same with “Hellboy”.

What you’ll find here is a hidden lair of surviving Nazis, operation Ragna Rok, but also operation Vampir Sturm, and a pissed-off Hellboy who’s against going after a thin case with too much conspiracy theory crap. But there is also a Nazi mistress (also known as the “no-good, crazy
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dark-horse
There sure is a lot of falling through floors in this series.

You bet your biscuits Id be a little more careful in where I step than the peeps in these comics...
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I got confused. They were talking about stuff from book 3 and this is suppose to be book 2? Other than that it was ok. Damn those nazi's! Won't leave Hellboy alone.
Melissa McShane
Re-read 7/30/15: See below, plus I'd forgotten how important Baba Yaga is to this series even from the beginning. I love the complexity of her character and how her being the villain of the piece is challenged by seeing her from Rasputin's perspective; she's evil, but that's not all she is. I also find it interesting how blood magic ends up being a part of the story in two directions, both Giurescu's vampirism and Rasputin's demand of Ilsa that she die in order to power something greater. Extrem ...more
Dec 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I enjoyed this, the dark art, the atmosphere, the setting, and Hellboy's personality is a lot better than it was in Seed of Destruction (Vol. 1). More sense of humour: Reanimated corpse coming at him, calling him a beast, and his reply? "Big talk for a guy with no pants." for some reason I found that particularly amusing. Liz and Abe show up here, though in much smaller supporting roles, and a couple other BPRD team members, some not so lucky as others. There's a lot of familiar baddies returnin ...more
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Goes without saying that I love the artwork and the great use of black. Again, a number of panels could be framed.
The evil guys' expectations around Hellboy are hinted at in this volume, and it's nice to see more members of the wider B.P.R.D. team. I liked how many different myths and legends are woven in to the Hellboy stories, and how there are so many different types of evil guys, and how a larger story surrounding Hellboy's responsibilities and actions on earth are slowly being revealed.
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love the art! Love the story! If you don't like traditional capes and cowls comics, give this a try.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Od Rasputina, baby jagy, vampírov, Báthory až po strom Yggdrasil. A mnohé iné mýty. Mohlo to lepšie a humornejšie plynúť, ale som 😈zvedavá koho vytiahne ďalej.
Perry Gough
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not a 5 star just yet but was better then the first book and hoping the 3rd one will be amazing
Timothy Boyd
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you thought the Hellboy movies were good then you will love the comics. Much more story on the monsters and the history of hellboys origin. Great reads, Very recommended
3.5, para ser exactos.

¡Esto va cogiendo ritmo! En este volumen se va formando ya la mitología característica de Hellboy: Hécate, Baba Yaga, más pistas sobre los orígenes del demonio... Además, la narración es más fluida y notamos cómo Mignola va cogiéndole el punto a su historia.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

kinda weird to see vampires, nazis, baba yaga and hecate in the same story but it works pretty well 👍
Willow Redd
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Lady, I was gonna cut you some slack, 'cause you're a major mythological figure but now you've just gone nuts!" -Hellboy to Hecate

Here we have the second series of Hellboy stories, and it's just as fantastic as the first. Mignola mixes classic vampire lore, greek, norse, and russian mythologies, a bit of fairy, demonic power struggles, and of course more Nazis into a tale that gives more of Hellboy's origins while still allowing for more to be revealed in future volumes. This story finishes the
Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Summary: Hellboy and the rest of the paranormal investigation crew go off to Romania to look into a nazi-related possible vampire case.

What I liked:
- The art is still very pretty; it's hard to believe these images are twenty years old
- Some cool action scenes
- We go deeper into Hellboy's past, and get a lot more glimpses of the occult evil master plan
- Mignola isn't afraid to add some casualties to make the story believable

What I didn't like:
- To be honest I found this instalment pretty boring.
J.D. Brink
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pure Alchemy

I am mesmerized and jealous every time I pick up a Hellboy book. Mignola seamlessly melds history, mythology, the occult, and pure fun. His storytelling is elemental and irreducible. And that goes for the visual art too. It’s obvious that Mignola is the graphic storyteller as well as the scripter, because the two aspects are inseparable in style and psychic impression. And they are bewitching every time.

My only critique would be that Giurescu (who promised to be a cool villain with a
I really enjoyed this. I got several Hellboy graphic novels at the Oxfam bookshop a couple years ago and this weekend I was able to complete my set. I am really glad I was able to read this one. It was a lovely long coherent story that I found myself getting absorbed in. It was a fascinating plot that managed to have evil occult nazis, heads in jars, and vampires, not to mention a big red demon as the hero, but it still wasn't totally silly, there was real emotion and humour in the characters. I ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The last two issues of this arc was my first introduction to Hellboy. I was sixteen and I was astonished by the style and bewildered by the story. Finally reading it now in full, it makes so much more sense! I think this may be a better introduction to the character than volume one (Seed of Destruction), but then again I'm not a fan of origin stories. I prefer to be thrown right into a battle with the goddess Hecate!
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Δεύτερη ανάγνωση και σάστισα από τη λεπτομέρεια που θα διαβάσω αργότερα πώς κολλάει στην όλη ιστορία.

Πότε πήγε εντεκάμιση; Γιατί κλαίει η Σιδηρά Παρθένος; Πόσες φορές μπορεί να γεννηθεί ένα τέρας;

Αγαπούσα από πάντα τις γυναίκες της Θεσσαλίας, τώρα τις αγαπώ ακόμη περισσότερο.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Volume 2 picks up where volume 1 left off. Defrosted WW2 Nazis are striving to build their "vampir sturm" army, but they need resources to build it and Vladimir Giurescu to finish the job. While the resource problem is quickly solved, ol' Vlad's been dead since the war and his body is hard to find. A year later, Hellboy and his fellow field agents from the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense (I didn't realize it was located so close to home. I should see if they're hiring.) are sent to Rom ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this up at the library as an afterthought since I noticed they are making a new Hellboy movie and I don't know anything about Hellboy. I quickly realized that this is actually the second volume of the original series... so I was pretty confused for the first half of the volume until more things started coming together. So needless to say I'm going to have to go get the first volume now to clear a few more things up lol. But I still enjoyed reading this one!
Seven Sirius
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I like the writing and story and characters. Just not into the smudgy art. It can look cool and evil sometimes though.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
“I sought the dark behind the stars.”

Wake the Devil follows on from the first Hellboy mini-series, Seed of Destruction. Written and drawn by Mike Mignola, this five-part story takes Hellboy from a wax museum in New York to an ancient Romanian castle. He is on the trail of the missing corpse of a nobleman who was rumored to have worked with Hitler during WWII. Assisted by BPRD agents Abe Sapien and Liz Sherman, Hellboy must uncover the conspiracy behind the theft of the body and shed light on his
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Much better than the first volume. Finally we get to see main characters a bit more. A bit more dramatic and universe slowly gets filled with interesting stuff.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2017
3.5 Stars
Marco Silva
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
There are quite a few very good panels, but once in a while, I was surprised to see some bad panels. The story is sometimes confusing and the dialogues are a bit clunky. Overall the story is a good read.
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Mike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn't remember why) and reading Dracula at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.

In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began wo

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