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Graphic Novel Review: Hellboy #2 – Wake the Devil by Mike Mignola

Title: Wake the Devil
Author: Mike Mignola
Series: Hellboy #2
Rating: 3 Stars

144 pages
Published December 9th 2003 by Dark Horse

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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. There was nothing that really gripped me
  • My biggest issue was that I had no idea what the hell was going on. We are supposed to understand more about that evil master guy, but I had no idea what he was up to. There are just too many made-up words to keep track of
  • Hellboy’s sarcastic banter during the action scenes felt forced
  • Absolutely nothing gets solved at the end of Wake the Devil

Verdict: The newness factor of the series has worn off, and I don’t feel any closer to more information. Hellboy is cute, but I won’t be reading more books in his series.


A murder in a New York wax museum and a missing corpse lead Hellboy into ancient Romanian castles on the trail of a sleeping legend: the original nobleman vampire. Nazi scientists prepare for the return of their occult master and the end of the world, and Hellboy confronts his purpose on earth.

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