I promised myself I wouldn't be that dork that bought all the Star Wars novels. I actually consciously made that decision. That's why when I saw that my favorite graphic novel had been made into a NOVEL (-sans- GRAPHIC) I was quite the sceptic... That is like providing the cookies but no milk.. it's just not right and I wanted no part of it. However, for $11 and being part of Amazon Prime I reluctantly tried it. I was not disappointed.
The one piece that can easily go missing from the graphic novels and movie subculture is depth. True depth.. thoughts feelings emotions. When we have pictures, all that gets spoon fed to us. Through words, we get inside the character's heads and view their past present and future at once. This novel was like a light turning on for me as a Hellboy fan. All of a sudden I was privy to the interior items of his magnificent cloak, the unspoken dynamics between the BPRD agents and how they could possibly live and work being so completely different from the rest of society. So many things I didn't know or even thought I would care about became my whole world for the length of this book (256 very short pages by the way).
As a murder, suspense, mystery, action type of entertainment it was pretty ok. Not amazing, but not bad. Some areas were a bit transparent but never the less, you were stoked when the characters caught up. What was really wonderful was the author's perspective of how this world could really work.. like how could HB possibly fit into a sedan to tail a bad guy? Morris really makes it happen, his journey into the Hellboy realm is probably even more obsessive than mine ;)
I'm not saying that I have made the plunge into true depths of dorkiness by committing myself to the endless sagas, spin-offs and series available to the die-hard sci-fan, I'm just saying that if you are at all into the Hellboy movies, I would really give it a spin....