[Audiobooks] Hellboy, Vol. 6: Strange PlacesAuthor Mike Mignola – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

This was my first Hellboy experience and I enjoyed it I have never read anything by artist Mike Mignola and I enjoyed his artwork His artwork is dark and very unique The simplicity behind the artwork carries the story well and effectively This volume contains two stories The Third Wish and The Island Both I enjoyed even though I have not read the previous five volumes in this series Hellboy still has his witty sense of humor that pays out in his dialogue and interactions with the villai This was my first Hellboy experience and I enjoyed it I have never read anything by artist Mike Mignola and I enjoyed his artwork His artwork is dark and very unique The simplicity behind the artwork carries the story well and effectively This volume contains two stories The Third Wish and The Island Both I enjoyed even though I have not read the previous five volumes in this series Hellboy still has his witty sense of humor that pays out in his dialogue and interactions with the villains for the story.I ve never read other Hellboy graphic novels and I liked this one I m sure backstory from the previous volumes would have been nice and this volume probably sets up arcs to come I would recommend this to anyone for the artwork and the storylines Thanks What s the best way to kill off a quirky, mysterious, unsettling world How about explaining it all in a neat, tidy manner through an extremely long and convenient bit of exposition from a previously unknown character Mignola s art is still great and the first story The Third Wish is solid, if not as focused and uncanny as the short tales in The Chained Coffin and Other Stories.But why does Mignola suddenly feel the need to wrap up his expansive, eccentric, esoteric cosmology in one unher What s the best way to kill off a quirky, mysterious, unsettling world How about explaining it all in a neat, tidy manner through an extremely long and convenient bit of exposition from a previously unknown character Mignola s art is still great and the first story The Third Wish is solid, if not as focused and uncanny as the short tales in The Chained Coffin and Other Stories.But why does Mignola suddenly feel the need to wrap up his expansive, eccentric, esoteric cosmology in one unheralded spurt of Blavatskian gnostic pap There are a few reasons, and both Mignola and his introducer, Gary Gianni, suggest them in the TPB extras.For Gianni, Mignola s literary referencesacknowledge his influences without being pedantic or ostentatious , which is usually true However, our author must strike a careful balance between this and the fact that he never met a Pulp idea he didn t like His willingness to pull in many different sources is often a strength it gives his stories a certain learned depth that is moody and enticing The problem is that, though he continues to draw on various sources here, he now seems infected with a desire to explain them, to connect them, and to make them sensible.While providing the reader with a readily explicable world is often desirable, this is less useful in horror and mystery, both of which present characters out of their elements The greatest failing of the collective authors who took up Lovecraft s mythos was that they tried to make his world comprehensible, which betrays everything that made his stories remarkable and unsettling in the first place.More than that, these kinds of all encompassing explanations are entirely artificial Myths may try to explicate the world, but in the end the answers they gave arepuzzling than the original questions In the cracks between the various espoused truths lies the incomprehensible world of the Fey, the Demons, the ancient Gods.Likewise, every answer Science gives us opens upunknowns, forcing us to come to terms with the fact that we weren t even asking the right questions in the first place The universe is far too strange for a holistic view Though many scientists have sought the holy grail of a unified theory, the idea of a unified theory is itself a flawed hypothesis if every discovery we make has caused science to diverge into yetfields, yetseemingly incompatible specialties, why should we assume that this trend won t simply continue, ad infinatum By providing not only answers but a sort of Grand Purpose , Mignola takes a step away from a mythological presentation of human foibles and towards an allegorical symbology of morality Hellboy himself seems out of place in the story Usually, his sardonic quips make a humorous contrast to the traditional modes and palpable strangeness in the stories In The Island , they just make him seem stupid The grand explanation he dismisses is so overpowering that he seems to be denying the story itself Writers sometimes say that characters have a life of their own, so perhaps Hellboy was simply expressing his disgust at this grandly overwrought piece of exposition Anyone who gives you a simple explanation is trying to sell you something, and Hellboy is too canny to fall for his author s big reveal.If the explanation were simply the half formed obsession of a zealot, then it wouldn t be incongruous Mignola has shown an able hand at subversion before, and myths often present these sorts of stories these explanations of creation and purpose but their simplicity cannot survive the world unscathed Unfortunately, Mignola doesn t write it as a puzzle piece a possible aspect of the world Neither Hellboy nor the world can poke a hole in it It s not a study of myth or a satire, its just a convenient magic plot point.In the epilogue, Mignola tells us that the stories went through many drafts, and that he found himself unable to complete them satisfactorily He was also fresh from working on the film adaptation, and it shows This is the story that most resembles the style of the film, in that it lays down a rather simple track for a plot and then marks off the intervals with visuals that, while interesting, prove thematically irrelevant.The starkness of The Island was often surprisingly breathtaking, but conflicted with the constant barrage of dialogues, soliloquy, and flashbacks required to tell such a vast story in such a small space This often shows in abrupt and confusing panel transitions I ve never known Mignola s stories to slip off track like that before, but it isn t surprising that such a suddenly grand piece of exposition would trouble even his skilled draughtsmanship.In the epilogue, Mignola tells us why he suddenly felt the need to tell this demystifying story with the movie coming out soon, depicting a simplified world where mythical elements peppered an action plot, Mignola felt a need to explain those elements fully before they became film fodder He wanted to pre empt the movie s explanation with his own, which is a natural urge for an artist who wants control of his intellectual property, but instead of maintaining a world of depth to shore up the film s brief treatment, he created a little story bible to wrap up the loose ends.Mignola also mentions that these stories represent his return to Hellboy after a long break, which explains their tone Mignola himself is trying to return to Hellboy s world, one he is no longer ensconced in, but is seeking to understand and inhabit again.When returning to such a grand and complex project, it is tempting to try to encapsulate it in shorthand Hellboy thus becomes something of a caricature of himself his quips no longer stubborn and insightful but annoyed and contrary The world also becomes caricatured no longer a varied collection of stories and myths but a specific, grounded setting.Some readers find comfort in that kind of closure The monomyth remains a perennial favorite, but Hellboy s story had often been a refutation, a satire, and a subversion of that kind of moralizing heroism The closer Mignola plays it, theit simply becomes another morality play no longer strange, no longer a mystery, no longer horrifying or unsettling In short, it is without magic.Mignola s world becomessympathetic,of a fantasy another comic book tale of power and the ethics of power As the character becomesof a symbol, he becomes less of a person, and as the world becomes a stage, the story becomes a romance This will appeal to readers looking for something digestible, but will disenfranchise readers who enjoy the book because its winding, layered nature causes them to pause and think.What is gained by turning an elusive, fanciful world into another power fantasy besides money The opening story is perfectly good, and the collection is still strong a good comic, the art a pleasure to behold, and mostly entertaining but is this Hellboy Mignola ought to learn from the poor examples set by George Lucas or Grant Morrison when something weird happens, don t try to explain it, let it stand on its own When Lucas invented midichlorians tiny bacteria that lived in your cells and determined how much force power you have he was roundly ridiculed Likewise, no one wanted to hear when one Superman author tried to explain that the Man of Steel could pick up buildings with one hand without piercing them because he had tactile telekinesis.Grant Morrison s magnum opus The Invisibles is just one long, indulgent attempt to combine and explain every myth and conspiracy theory he could lay his hands on, like The Illuminatus Trilogy , but without a sense of humor.Readers can find meanings in stories without being led by the nose some of us even enjoy it I ll probably finish Hellboy either way, but it will be disappointing if this thoughtful, moody book fails to recover from the retcon bombshell Mignola has dropped If nothing else, this has given me a lasting lesson on how not to procure a satisfying ending for a story.It s not fair to pull it all over your reader in the latter act, and even if it is neat and tidy, it will destroy the tone and thematic motifs you ve spent so much time and energy developing That s not a tradeoff I would be willing to make, though from Battlestar Galactica to Harry Potter, it s proven a popular route My Suggested Reading In Comics A quieter,serene volume compared to the previous one Strange Places collects two stories, The Third Wish and The Island The first one is just a really good story all around, with a very solid structure and great payoff The Island, on the other hand, could have been handled better Mignola himself admits that he had a lot of trouble with this story, completely redrawing and rewriting the entire thing three times before ending up with the final result And it shows what started as a pre A quieter,serene volume compared to the previous one Strange Places collects two stories, The Third Wish and The Island The first one is just a really good story all around, with a very solid structure and great payoff The Island, on the other hand, could have been handled better Mignola himself admits that he had a lot of trouble with this story, completely redrawing and rewriting the entire thing three times before ending up with the final result And it shows what started as a pretty cool adventure turned out to be a boring exposition dump that basically discloses the entire mythos of the Hellboy universe As a result, the story itself is hard to follow, especially near the middle, where I couldn t even understand what was going on half the time Fortunately, The Island wraps up well enough and sets up the next big story arc, which I remember to be the best in the entire series Darkness Calls The Wild Hunt I can t wait to delve into that epic event once again and see how it holds up First read October 26, 2015RatingSecond read October 5, 2017Rating The Third Wish contains everything that s great about Hellboy A badass villain in the Bog Roosh, Hellboy denying his destiny, his compassion for others, even those who ve harmed him, and his wit.I love how The Island starts out Hellboy out drinking is great and done in such a Hellboy way It does get bogged down in an infodump later on but still worth a read. I ve finished my re read of the first five volumes and am moving on into new material I ve read a few scattered later volumes in the series, but this one was new to me Two stories pick up where we left off in Conqueror Worm, with Hellboy leaving the B.P.R.D and going off in search ofeven he s not sure what, but it begins with him heading to Africa I like the first story better than the second, mainly because the triad of the three mermaids wishes is so poignant and so perfectly fairy tal I ve finished my re read of the first five volumes and am moving on into new material I ve read a few scattered later volumes in the series, but this one was new to me Two stories pick up where we left off in Conqueror Worm, with Hellboy leaving the B.P.R.D and going off in search ofeven he s not sure what, but it begins with him heading to Africa I like the first story better than the second, mainly because the triad of the three mermaids wishes is so poignant and so perfectly fairy tale like the original fairy tales, not the children s versions that are famous now Even so, both are excellent, and Mignola s description of the failed story The Island makes me hope he ll figure out a way to tell it someday Africa The tinkling of bells Doomed mermaids The Bog Roosh Hecate Davy Jones Locker Blasphemy and Inquisition Atlantis, Lemuria, and Urr The Watchers The 32 words Ogdru Jahad The 369 Ogdru Hem The Golden People Hyperboria Thoth The Black Goddess The Right Hand The secret history of the world And that s before we get to the eight pages of the original version of The Island, which is an homage to William Hope Hodgson.Any nod, no matter how small, to WHH has my immediate attentio Africa The tinkling of bells Doomed mermaids The Bog Roosh Hecate Davy Jones Locker Blasphemy and Inquisition Atlantis, Lemuria, and Urr The Watchers The 32 words Ogdru Jahad The 369 Ogdru Hem The Golden People Hyperboria Thoth The Black Goddess The Right Hand The secret history of the world And that s before we get to the eight pages of the original version of The Island, which is an homage to William Hope Hodgson.Any nod, no matter how small, to WHH has my immediate attention When Mike Mignola does it, declaring his love of fungus people and throwing in rough sketches of the same, I m totally on board, with big round red hearts for eyes.An excellent one two three punch of myth, mayhem, and Hellboy greatness He has seen the face of the creature he was meant to be I feel these are now getting a bit repetitive, maybe I shouldn t binge them Hellboy wonders about, bumps into some folklore spirit, they tell him how he is the fall of all mankind, shed a little light on his hand, the end I will continue as I am 6 deep now and would like to know what his hand is really for2 Mike Mignola returns with his first new Hellboy collection sinces Conqueror Worm After leaving the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy s travels take him briefly to Africa, then for a two year stint at the bottom of the ocean An ancient witch doctor, a giant fish woman, and the keeper of the secret history of the universe force Hellboy to either accept his role in the coming apocalypse, or have that role stolen from him Weird undersea creatures and talking lions populate this turning point adventure, which reveals secrets buried since Hellboy s very creation This volume collects Harvey and Eisner award winner Mike Mignola s Hellboy series The Third Wish and The Island with over a dozen unused pages, and a new epilogue Strange Places is the first Mignola drawn Hellboy collection in over three years With therelease of Hellboy, the motion picture, Hellboy has become a media phenomenon Look for production on the Hellboy sequel to begin inCollecting isssues of The Third Wish and The Island, plus new material A return to the mysteries of Hellboy s origins and destiny, as Hellboy wanders after his departure from the BPRD Hellboy s plain speaking, cursing, and world weariness are present, as well as his adamant refusal to play by the rules of various gods and spirits and other beings. I ve been making my way through the Hellboy trade paperbacks this week, and while I ve really been enjoying them, this is the first one that I ve felt the need to write a review for I m such a Negative Nelly that I m speaking up because this is the first volume I ve been disappointed in In the intro to one of the two 2 parters that are in this volume, Mike Mignola promises that he s going to provide some origin stories for the Hellboy universe I was looking forward to this, but the execution I ve been making my way through the Hellboy trade paperbacks this week, and while I ve really been enjoying them, this is the first one that I ve felt the need to write a review for I m such a Negative Nelly that I m speaking up because this is the first volume I ve been disappointed in In the intro to one of the two 2 parters that are in this volume, Mike Mignola promises that he s going to provide some origin stories for the Hellboy universe I was looking forward to this, but the execution left much to be desired This volume had Hellboy off on his own, having left the BPRD to do some investigation into himself The downside of this is that it s left him without anyone to really talk to, and therefore all of the information is learned through a monologue of exposition I would have preferred to have Abe or Liz or Kate or someone else there that Hellboy has emotional attachment to The way that it was done, it just feels empty The volume ends with him headed back to London, so hopefully that s the end of this complaint.I m also a little fatigued from the many scenes where Hellboy is being knocked through the air and through walls and floors, but that s a minor complaint I often want to offer him an aspirin, though