Christopher Golden's first collaboration with Mike Mignola. Golden really gets Hellboy.
I love the story, the concept, even the character in movie and book and comic format.
I've never read Christopher Golden's books, I've never even heard of him before this, but when Mignola announced that he would be writing HB's first novel format story I was very much intrigued. This is actually the third time I've read this book (so yes, expect me to say that it's pretty damn good) and every time I read it I am reminded of how much Golden understands what makes HB and his world a fun place to explore: World: Golden right from the start understands what HB's world is about. Fear not, for throughout the book you will find Mignola art showing key moments, characters and settings, it's a good little added bonus that makes this novel awesome. The characters are quirky, not really deep and it's fine, it's an action book, it's about HB bashing things and the people around him just need to be deep enough for you to care.
Mignola dice que no sabe escribir, que lo suyo es la imagen, pero el caso es que el texto del cómic tiene un estilo, un tono muy particular que no está en esta novela, y no culpo a los traductores, aunque es verdad que parece que les faltó una revisión antes de entregar el texto y que usan unas expresiones que no me acaban de convencer, pero uno nunca sabe, sin tener el original en inglés, si la culpa la tienen ellos o el autor.
The BLUFF: Fun enough, wouldn't read again but don't regret reading it, will likely read the sequel (since we already own it) Equivalent of: reading an comic book with mature content Ideal for: fans of the character and/or sci-fi occult stories, not young kids This book was enjoyable enough.
The novel also spends much of its time harping back to Hellboy's previous relationship with Anastasia. This romance never gets rekindled and I was getting sick and tired of the novel reiterating all the time that they were now just friends but still cared deeply for each other - Now this came out well before the first movie so I think it was the first time HB was given any kind of love interest but since the films came out his relationship with Liz has become so part of the HB mythos that having him with someone else just feels wrong somehow.
The Lost Army by Christopher Golden is the first Hellboy novel, based on the comic book series of the same name. While Ive enjoyed prose Hellboy stories from a couple of anthologies by now, this was my first venture into a full novel about the character. This novel, along with other books and stories by Golden, are considered within canon. Knowing that that characters primary story arc takes place within the comic book series, it was easy to deduce that this book would be similar to the short stories Ive already read. I really like this as an idea, as it reminds me of the type of pulpy novels and stories that influenced Mignola in the first place. In my review of the anthology Odd Jobs I mentioned that I went in expecting the stories to be a fun novelty but nothing remarkable. Another character, Arun Lahiri, has feelings for Dr. Bransfield and cannot help being disgusted when he finds out about her past history with Hellboy. All of these moments had the potential to add a lot more depth to the story, and certainly seem set up that way, but never delivered on anything by the end. Despite my disappointments, The Lost Army is not a bad novel.
Golden and Sniegoski also wrote the upcoming comic book miniseries The Sisterhood, currently in development as a feature film. (www.ghostsofalbion.net) As an editor, Goldens work has included the Hellboy novel series, a trio of Hellboy short story anthologies, and co-editing duties on British Invasion, from Cemetery Dance.