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Postby Keb » Mon May 26, 2008 11:58 pm

Zero wrote:I've got the first two trades, and it's goooood. I have the excuses of Swamp Thing and Lucifer collections I was building. Now I have 'nam.
Well, to keep up with my counterpoint over here, I ordered the first two trades. I hope that makes Mr. S. Djed, Mr. D. Bird and Mr. K. Melon all happy.
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Postby David Bird » Tue May 27, 2008 12:33 am

Yep. And you'll be making yourself very happy soon enough!

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Postby misac » Tue May 27, 2008 12:01 pm

Keb wrote:Well, to keep up with my counterpoint over here, I ordered the first two trades. I hope that makes Mr. S. Djed, Mr. D. Bird and Mr. K. Melon all happy.


Try the B.P.R.D. trades too. :P I'm up to volume five on Hellboy so I"m not that far behind. I've never thought of buying a companion book but you've raised my curiousity.

I finally saw the trailer for Hellboy II and it looks so good. At the start of it I didn't even know what it was for.
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Postby Keb » Tue May 27, 2008 12:53 pm

Let me read Hellboy first before buying anything else ;)
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Postby David Bird » Tue May 27, 2008 8:33 pm

Actually, while Hellboy is the Mignola-verse's biggest star, BPRD has offered some of the best stories. Particularly since volume three, with Guy Davis on art. Thats where it became a real ongoing series in its own right. It also does a lot to flesh out the mythology of the two series.

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Postby Keb » Tue May 27, 2008 8:48 pm

David Bird wrote:Actually, while Hellboy is the Mignola-verse's biggest star, BPRD has offered some of the best stories. Particularly since volume three, with Guy Davis on art. Thats where it became a real ongoing series in its own right. It also does a lot to flesh out the mythology of the two series.
But can you read one wihtout having to read/know the other?
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Postby Lord Simian » Tue May 27, 2008 9:05 pm

You can read Hellboy without BPRD.

Actually, BPRD doesn't even start until after Hellboy vol 5, I think.
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Postby David Bird » Tue May 27, 2008 9:09 pm

Yes, you can read them separately. Tiny, tiny spoiler: at the end of volume 5, Hellboy leaves the Bureau and it was years before Mignola produced volume 6! During that time Mignola really started to develop the BPRD title -- now starring an ensemble cast that didn't include Hellboy. He doesn't draw BPRD, so he was able to do more work on that while working on other things (movies, cartoons, etc). Its only in the last year or so that he's started doing new Hellboy material, but he and John Arcudi have been writing great BPRD stuff and Davis has been illustrating it.

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Postby Lord Simian » Tue May 27, 2008 9:12 pm

David Bird wrote:Yes, you can read them separately. Tiny, tiny spoiler: at the end of volume 5, Hellboy leaves the Bureau and it was years before Mignola produced volume 6! During that time Mignola really started to develop the BPRD title -- now starring an ensemble cast that didn't include Hellboy. He doesn't draw BPRD, so he was able to do more work on that while working on other things (movies, cartoons, etc). Its only in the last year or so that he's started doing new Hellboy material, but he and John Arcudi have been writing great BPRD stuff and Davis has been illustrating it.



Exactly.

In fact, I'd suggest reading them in this order:

Hellboy 1-5
BPRD to current
Hellboy 6
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Postby Keb » Tue May 27, 2008 9:25 pm

There's 10 volumes of Hellboy and 6 volumes of BPRD. My credit card just let out a slight yelp. :?

Edit: Wait there's 8, plus Hellboy Jr. and 2 planned BPRD trades. Still a yelp, but I have to like 1 and 2 before I buy any more. I'm definitely gonna be giving these two thorough reads.
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Postby Lord Simian » Tue May 27, 2008 9:29 pm

Keb wrote:There's 10 volumes of Hellboy and 6 volumes of BPRD. My credit card just let out a slight yelp. :?

Edit: Wait there's 8, plus Hellboy Jr. and 2 planned BPRD trades. Still a yelp, but I have to like 1 and 2 before I buy any more. I'm definitely gonna be giving these two thorough reads.


Skip Hellboy jr. It's stupid, and not tied to the core series.
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Postby David Bird » Tue May 27, 2008 9:43 pm

Lord Simian wrote:Skip Hellboy jr. It's stupid, and not tied to the core series.


Yes! Done by Bill Wray of Ren & Stimpy and Mad magazine and very stupid.

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Postby Keb » Tue May 27, 2008 9:45 pm

What if I don't like Volume 1 and decide to skip the rest? :P

(Volume 1 is scripted by John Byrne...yech)
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Postby Zero » Tue May 27, 2008 10:23 pm

You'll like volume one, Byrne just polished the dialogue and managed not to call anyone a whore.

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Postby Lord Simian » Tue May 27, 2008 10:24 pm

Keb wrote:What if I don't like Volume 1 and decide to skip the rest? :P

(Volume 1 is scripted by John Byrne...yech)


Then I'll not only be amazed.... but I will BUY it from you for the price you paid. How's that?
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