By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
Trying to keep up with the proper reading order for Hellboy is tough but not impossible. Thankfully for those wanting to keep their original comics mint, Dark Horse Books will publish Mike Mignola’s award-winning Hellboy stories in chronological order with the Hellboy Omnibus Collection, creating the definitive reading experience for fans and an ideal entry point for new readers. New cover art will be featured!
Each of the six trade paperback volumes will be priced at $ $24.99 US/$33.99 Canada. The first omnibus will be available in comic stores on May 23, 2018 and in bookstores on June 5, 2018. A glance at their schedule suggests a quarterly release for the next volumes, up till Winter 2019. Both Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1 and Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Volume 1 are available for pre-order now.
In 1994, Mike Mignola released the first series, Seed of Destruction and introduced the world to the Right Hand of Doom, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and one of the most iconic comic book characters—and universes—of all time. For more than 20 years, Mignola and a host of celebrated writers and artists have chronicled the adventures of Hellboy facing his supposed destiny as Beast of the Apocalypse and explored the mysterious backstories of B.P.R.D. agents including Professor Trevor Bruttenholm and Abe Sapien.
This major publishing initiative consists of four Hellboy Omnibus volumes, featuring every Hellboy story written and illustrated by Mignola and The Wild Hunt storyline written by Mignola and illustrated by Duncan Fegredo, which is the basis for the forthcoming Hellboy film directed by Neil Marshall. In addition, Dark Horse will publish two volumes of Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories featuring stories illustrated by artists including Richard Corben, Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon.
“I’m very excited to finally have all the Hellboy stories collected in chronological order,” said Mike Mignola. “And I’m especially excited to have the three Duncan Fegredo books—all the stuff with Alice and the Queen of Blood—together in one collection for the first time.”
Hellboy has appeared in graphic novels and comic books, prose novels and short story collections, two animated features, two live action films, toy lines and all manner of merchandise. Neil Marshall’s forthcoming Hellboy film is currently in pre-production, starring David Harbour, Sasha Lane, Ian McShane, Penelope Mitchell, and Milla Jovovich.