didn't you hear what i was saying john

foosballton  asked:

Hey, sort of messaged you this when there wasn't an Ask function so maybe you didn't see it, but just wanted to say that you contributed to my getting into the Mignolaverse, which is blowing my mind so far. First five volumes of Hellboy are great, and the first two Plague of Frogs BPRD omnibuses might somehow be better. Does it stay this good? And which of the other spinoffs are worth getting into?

Hi—I’m so glad to hear this! The Hellboy/BPRD megastory, with Mike Mignola and John Arcudi as its primary architects, is arguably the best postmillennial superhero comic, a ballad of what Tolkien called “the Long Defeat.” I often can’t believe how good it is.

Does it stay this good? Well. I think Hellboy proper lost steam when he went off on his own, and since the great Guy Davis left B.P.R.D. rather unceremoniously (basically Guillermo Del Toro and Mike Mignola had a creative divorce, and Del Toro wound up with custody of Guy Davis) that series has occasionally been spotty due to art that just isn’t quite right for the book’s tone. In the main, though? It’s been top-notch genre storytelling for a couple of decades now. 

As you mention, the main books, Hellboy and B.P.R.D., have had a lot of spinoffs. The main books have also altered their titles, and split off into multiple series. And everything has been collected multiple times with multiple numbering systems. The problem is that, in my opinion at least, all of the spinoffs feed into the main narrative and/or highlight worthwhile aspects of the main narrative enough to merit inclusion for anyone following the story. And it’s super goddamn hard to keep track of it all!

So, because I’m an anal retentive nerd who’s self-medicated my ADD by making lists since I was a little kid, here’s my reading order for the Mignolaverse, using the trade paperbacks (as opposed to omnibus editions). It’s not necessarily what you asked for, but it will at least tell you where each spinoff is slotted in the overall saga. 

1. Hellboy: Seed of Destruction

2. Hellboy: Wake the Devil

3. Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and Others

4. Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom

5. Hellboy: Conqueror Worm

6. BPRD: Hollow Earth & Other Stories

7. Hellboy: Weird Tales Vol. 1

8. BPRD: The Soul of Venice & Other Stories

9. Hellboy: Weird Tales Vol. 2

10. BPRD: Plague of Frogs

11. BPRD: The Dead

12. Hellboy: Strange Places

13. BPRD: The Black Flame

14. BPRD: The Universal Machine

15. Hellboy: The Troll Witch and Others

16. BPRD: Garden of Souls

17. BPRD: Killing Ground

18. Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus

19. Hellboy: Darkness Calls

20. Abe Sapien: The Drowning

21. BPRD: 1946

22. BPRD: The Warning

23. BPRD: The Black Goddess

24. Hellboy: The Wild Hunt

25. Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels

26. BPRD: War on Frogs

27. Hellboy: The Crooked Man and Others

28. BPRD: 1947

29. BPRD: King of Fear

30. BPRD: Hell on Earth: New World

31. Hellboy: The Bride of Hell and Others

[31.5 Hellboy: House of the Living Dead]

32. BPRD: Being Human

33. Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever

34. BPRD: Hell on Earth: Gods and Monsters

35. Hellboy: The Storm and the Fury

36. Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest

37. BPRD: Hell on Earth: Russia

38. Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand

39. BPRD: Hell on Earth: The Devil’s Engine & The Long Death

40. BPRD: Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror & Others

41. BPRD: Hell on Earth: The Return of the Master

42. BPRD: 1948

[42.5 Hellboy: The Midnight Circus]

43. BPRD: Vampire

44. BPRD: Hell on Earth: A Cold Day in Hell

45. Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible & The New Race of Man

46. Lobster Johnson: Satan Smells a Rat

47. BPRD: Hell on Earth: Lake of Fire

48. Hellboy in Hell: The Descent

49. Sledgehammer 44

50. Abe Sapien: The Shape of Things to Come

51. BPRD: Hell on Earth: The Reign of the Black Flame

52. Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster

53. Abe Sapien: Sacred Places

54. BPRD: Hell on Earth: The Devil’s Wings

55: Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland

56. Abe Sapien: A Darkness So Great

57. Hellboy and the BPRD: 1952

58. BPRD: Hell on Earth: Flesh and Stone

59. Frankenstein Underground

60. BPRD: Hell on Earth: Metamorphosis (due in January)

61. Hellboy in Mexico (due in April)

62. Abe Sapien: The Secret Fire (due in June)

63. Hellboy and the BPRD: 1953 (due in August)

As I’ve explained when I’ve done this in the past, I left out the humor collection Hellboy Junior and the superhero-crossover collection Hellboy: Masks and Monsters because they’re not in continuity; arguably neither are the two Hellboy: Weird Tales volumes but they’re at least in the spirit of the thing. I refrained from noting the individual volume numbers within each series just for the sake of my sanity. I listed the original graphic novel hardcovers Hellboy: House of the Living Dead and Hellboy: The Midnight Circus as .5s rather than factoring them into the list proper primarily out of pique that they hadn’t been released in paperback yet, though that is now forthcoming with Hellboy in Mexico next April; to seriously collect the Hellboy series is to frequently feel actively punished by its publisher. No matter — I think it’s tough to argue that this is anything but the best superhero series, broadly construed, of the young century. It’s often frightening and very sad and a blast to read. I hope you continue to enjoy it!

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"I think I'm in love with you," Sherlock says as he helps John with his coat. "I'll see you later," John replies, "text me if that case Lestrade's bring by turns out to be any good." John walks downstairs and replays the conversation he just had with his best friend. "John?" Sherlock questions having followed after John when he didn't hear the door open or close. "Did you just say what I think you just said?" John asks, "because if you did I need you to know that I feel the same way."

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