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Hellboy, Vol. 3: The Chained Coffin and Others

(Hellboy #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  17,590 ratings  ·  285 reviews
When strangeness threatens to engulf the world, a strange man will come to save it. Sent to investigate a mystery with supernatural overtones, Hellboy discovers the secrets of his own origins, and his link to the Nazi occultists who promised Hitler a final solution in the form of a demonic avatar.
Paperback, Second Edition, 176 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by Dark Horse (first published 1998)
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The heat is on!!!

This third TPB edition features “Hellboy” #5-6, 12-14, along with a pin-up gallery.

The general rating is an average result of individual ratings given to each short story contained here.

Creative Team:

Creator, Writer & Illustrator: Mike Mignola


I have to admit that I wasn’t that impressed on the first two TPBs, Seed of Destruction & Wake the Devil. They were well done, but they lacked of character development and since it was the beginning of t
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that forever sold me on how cool Hellboy is. I never looked back.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm really getting into Hellboy now.

I wasn't quite sure I was liking it for anything more than it's clever use of history, its esoteric occult or science bits, or everyone's acceptance of a big red demon carrying on paranormal investigations in the fifties and sixties. (How does no one mind this???)

However, by this volume, I'm now emotionally invested as well. It's just a little, but it's something. I love the Fae and the Golem bits the most. I wasn't quite sure I'd get into all these tiny vign
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed each story in this collection. I just wish Kate and every other woman in theses stories hadn't been damsels in distress.
The artwork continues to impress.
First Second Books
Read this weekend most of HELLBOY: THE CHAINED COFFIN AND OTHERS, and adored it. It's embarrassing how late I am to loving Hellboy.
Melissa McShane
Re-read 8/1/15: I'm increasing my rating of the collection because I appreciate the thematic unity better than I did before. Each of these stories is based in folklore to some degree, underlining the series' commitment to myth and legend as opposed to the companion series B.P.R.D., which emphasizes the paranormal investigator aspect. I still love "The Wolves of August," but this time I was also drawn to "A Christmas Underground," which is a very creepy variation on The Twelve Dancing Princesses. ...more
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think this may be the volume that's gotten me hooked to Hellboy. I love the way Mignola uses folklore as a starting point to his stories. (And I loved the notes he added to this collection.) Most of the stories here are very short, but none of them felt too short, or stretched out, for that matter. The Corpse in particular was nearly perfect in every way. The character of Hellboy makes for a great lead in these sorts of stories: professional and personable. My one criticism is how Mignola hand ...more
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A collection of Hellboy shorts from 1994-1996, and maybe the best single volume of Hellboy. "The Corpse" is a darkly comic story involving fairies, a kidnapped child, and a talking, rotting corpse. Hellboy spends much of the story with the corpse strapped to his back, bickering with it while he deadpans his way through encounters with just about every creature in Irish mythology. Several of the other stories are key to Hellboy's own mythology, as they reveal the details of his conception and exp ...more
While Hellboy has a great big plot that runs through all of the 12 main volumes, several of those volumes, indicated by "and other stories" in the title, collect short stand-alone comics that Mike Mignola has written for many different kinds of magazines, anthologies and comic books over the years. This is the first such volume. And it's a brilliant one! It collects some of the best Hellboy stories, such as The Corpse, Iron Shoes, The Baba Yaga, The Chained Coffin, Almost Colossus — all of them ...more
Now this was different. But still the same.

Where Volumes 1 and 2 present one continuous storyline (with all its detours), Volume 3 of the “Hellboy” comic is a collection of several tales about the protagonist, with only one being a direct continuance of the previously established narrative.

Following the Bureau’s prior case, there is an aftermath involving homunculi (looking more like golems though), semi-Faustian involvements in Heidelberg or Wittenberg or some other -bergian German town with
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have read Hellboy 1, then 4, then 2, and just finished 3, because why would you want to do that chronological thing? Hellboy 3 is like Hellboy 4: (or should that be the other way around?), where at the beginning of each section there are notes from author/illustrator, Mike Mignola, on his inspirations for the stories. I enjoyed the notes as much as I did the stories because they go into the mythology and folklore he used as the basis for the them.

The stories in this volume include The Corpse,
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm rating each story base of how I enjoyed them:

The corpse 3/5 stars

The Iron Shoes 1/5 stars

The Baba Yaga 2/5 stars
"How did Baba Yaga lose one of her eyes"

A Christmas Underground 4/5 stars
You get to see some good side of Hellboy is this story and this scene bothers me
Can he glamour? Changing his appearance to make it more pleasing to mortal eyes

The Chained Coffin(Hellboy's Origins) 4/5 stars
I'm giving it a 5 if only they make it a little less short maybe adding some scene where you can see ho
Sep 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The short story format works perfectly for Hellboy. Not only does it allow Mignola to explore a larger amount of folklore but it suits the investigative world of the characters perfectly. I was about to name the highlights of the collection but then I realized I'd only be leaving 2 of them out in the process. Each one is fantastic but my favorites were "The Corpse", "A Christmas Underground", "The Wolves of St. August" and "Almost Colossus". "The Corpse" more than any had a very memorable feel t ...more
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Μικρές αλλά δυνατές ιστορίες. Ο Ρότζερ, η Άλις. Ο πατέρας.
Perry Gough
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not Hellboy to me, no Nazi's no memorable villains just random monsters. This is a collection of small stories and comes across as filler.

No way an essential read to the series I would advise to skip it and save your time and money.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Still adore the art style and the characters tbqh! I nyoomed through a bunch of these (in those library compendium/bindup editions) and forgot to add them in on here, so... Doing that now lmao!
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cole by: Marcus
Shelves: fiction, _graphic
cool artwork and exactly the kind of myth adventure vibe I'm wanting from Hellboy. simplistic but rich in imagination and detail.
This is the third and certainly the thickest "Hellboy" collection which apparently seeks to compile all material not included in "Seed of Destruction" or "Wake the Devil". I personally think it's a great start for somebody like myself who hasn't read "Hellboy" before.

Mike Mignola's story notes accompany the long out-of-print one-shots "Wolves of Saint August" and "The Corpse and the Iron Shoes," as well as "A Christmas Underground."

"The Chained Coffin," is featured in color for the first time,
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Chained Coffin and Others is different from the previous two volumes in the Hellboy saga. Volume 3 is a collections of small vignettes that re-tells folktales Mike Mignola has come across. One such example is "The Chained Coffin," which stems from an Irish folktale the author once read.

Like the first two collections, this volume is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully scripted. The colors are still rich and dark, capturing the essence of the gothic-horror feel. The characters are getting
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I didn't love the first couple stories but then the last two were fantastic.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful collection of Hellboy short stories. It contains the first Hellboy comic I bought, "The Wolves of Saint August." This is a Gothic masterpiece pitting Hellboy against the surviving member of a cursed Royal family. When Hellboy finally confronts him, he rips off his human skin revealing a huge and deadly werewolf underneath. The ensuing fight is masterfully illustrated by Mike Mignola.

"The Baba Yaga" is another favourite of mine. In it, we discover how the legendary Russian witch lost
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's taken me some time to actually come around to Hellboy, but I'm glad I finally did.

This volume continues to collect the various misadventures of the eponymous character and his cohorts, and it does a largely decent job of conveying Hellboy's ideals and personality through ultimately little dialogue from him. In the end, a punch has the same weight in describing him as any sentence.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Good collection of short stories, things finally start to heat up for HB.

The following list ranks the stories from my favorites to least favorites.

Almost Colossus
The Wolves of Saint August
A Christmas Underground
The Baba Yaga
The Chained Coffin
The Corpse
Iron Shoes
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding. When the stories get shorter, Mignola's writing gets more charming and rivals the excellence of his art. It reminds me of some of the best of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo work, where the creator is really on a roll in all facets of the stories short and long.
Sleeping with Ghosts
Carísimo en Arkana cómics Mar del Plata. Ni un peso me gasto en esto por más que sea buena la historia, además de lo entrañable que es Hellboy y demás personajes.
Değişik bir espri anlayışı var yazarın ve ben bunu çok sevdim! Karakter çok tanıdığım bir karakter değil o yüzden aşırı heyecanlı gelmedi cilt bana ama hikâyelerin başlangıç noktalarını çok beğendim!
Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: old, favourite-comics
This volume collects a number of shorter Hellboy stories. The short story format works well for Hellboy, I think, but I still prefer the longer miniseries. Very few comics could hold my interest over only a few pages the way Hellboy does, but the stories themselves are hit-and-miss.

The first story here, The Corpse, is a masterpiece. Craig Russell, who writes the introduction, calls it Mignola's best, and while I disagree, it's certainly in the running. The Iron Shoes, which follows it, is mostly
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Von Leichen, Hexen und Wölfen
Hellboy ist ein beschäftigter Mann. Als wichtigster Agent des BPRD wird er immer wieder zu kleineren Scharmützeln gerufen, oder zu den Aufgaben, die außer ihm keiner erledigen kann. Dafür zu sorgen, dass ein Wechselbalg wieder rückgetauscht wird, dass ein verspukter Ort endlich wieder betreten werden kann oder eine Familie nach monströser Entführung wieder zusammengeführt wird - Hellboy ist auch für die sentimentalen Momente zu haben.

Viel Folklore, viel Schwarz, vie
This volume has more than one story in it. One story hints (pretty big hints, if you ask me) at Hellboy's origin. What's really quite cool about the stories is that Mike Mignola has gotten inspiration from folktales and each of the stories are loosely based on some of the tales he has read.

Again with this volume like the first two, I see some things that were used in the movies. For example, the first story has the corpse that Hellboy carries on his back.

I enjoyed this as much as Seed of Destr
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
the Hellboy books have such a unique feeling and i think the chained coffin really expresses it. the corpse especially is one of my favourite Hellboy stories because it really captures the feel of the Hellboy universe. the way Mignola draws, the colours and the dialogue create this perfectly eerie atmosphere that i love, i could read this book hundreds of times and get the same spooky feeling.

almost colossus has this huge, grand feeling that balances with very real emotions, which is another th
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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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