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    Hello all,

    I am just getting into Hellboy because it ended, I was just curious do the books address any other pantheon at all? For example, like the Norse, Greek, Hindu, Aztec, or others? Or it only Abrahamic faiths?

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    Yes, all of those you listed and more.

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    I think of all the pantheons you listed there, the actual Abrahamic God is featured the least, although there is plenty of God adjacent stuff (with devils and priests in abundance.) As you read, this will become more clear, but the existence of God is kind of an underlying and very unspoken question in the Hellboy canon. It's a question I'd like to see explored more. As you read more we should discuss further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by middenway View Post
    Yes, all of those you listed and more.
    Quote Originally Posted by zerodemon View Post
    I think of all the pantheons you listed there, the actual Abrahamic God is featured the least, although there is plenty of God adjacent stuff (with devils and priests in abundance.) As you read, this will become more clear, but the existence of God is kind of an underlying and very unspoken question in the Hellboy canon. It's a question I'd like to see explored more. As you read more we should discuss further.
    Amazing! Thank you! I am so happy they decided to release everything into giant omnibuses it makes it so much easier to get through. I look forward to being on these boards especially since my interest in the big two have been waining.

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    Hi all, I didn't want to create a new thread so I thought I'd ask in my previous thread.

    So I just began reading Hellboy Omnibus volume 1 (which I am loving!), my question to you is if I only read the 4 Hellboy Omnibuses, BPRD Omnibuses (Plague of Frogs & Hell on Earth), and the 3 TPB of Hellboy & The BPRD will I be getting the full story of Hellboy's saga?

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliehustle415 View Post
    Hi all, I didn't want to create a new thread so I thought I'd ask in my previous thread.

    So I just began reading Hellboy Omnibus volume 1 (which I am loving!), my question to you is if I only read the 4 Hellboy Omnibuses, BPRD Omnibuses (Plague of Frogs & Hell on Earth), and the 3 TPB of Hellboy & The BPRD will I be getting the full story of Hellboy's saga?
    You should really pick up the two omnibuses of Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories as well. There's a few stories in there that start becoming pretty important by the time you get to the third Hellboy omnibus. The Abe Sapien series ties in with B.P.R.D., but that's more about getting the complete B.P.R.D. story than it is about getting the complete Hellboy story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by middenway View Post
    You should really pick up the two omnibuses of Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories as well. There's a few stories in there that start becoming pretty important by the time you get to the third Hellboy omnibus. The Abe Sapien series ties in with B.P.R.D., but that's more about getting the complete B.P.R.D. story than it is about getting the complete Hellboy story.
    Ah, I see. So with the Short Storie Omnibuses, that would give a pretty holistic view on the Hellboy mythos?

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    I think so. By the time you get to B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth, you may find yourself so caught up in the story you'll want to pick up Abe Sapien, but that's entirely up to you. Abe Sapien certainly delves into areas of the mythology that other titles don't. Oh, and I completely forgot, you'll want to get Koshchei the Deathless to read in between Hellboy in Hell and B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know. It's really fantastic. You'll love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by middenway View Post
    I think so. By the time you get to B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth, you may find yourself so caught up in the story you'll want to pick up Abe Sapien, but that's entirely up to you. Abe Sapien certainly delves into areas of the mythology that other titles don't. Oh, and I completely forgot, you'll want to get Koshchei the Deathless to read in between Hellboy in Hell and B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know. It's really fantastic. You'll love it.
    Awesome! Thank you, I wish that the Mignolaverse had volume numbers or a official reading order it make things easier to follow.

    Thanks for all the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliehustle415 View Post
    Awesome! Thank you, I wish that the Mignolaverse had volume numbers or a official reading order it make things easier to follow.

    Thanks for all the help!
    They've always resisted an "official" reading order, because there's so many entry points to the world and none are really wrong. But Scott Allie and I put together a reading order back in 2014 which I revisit annually to update. These days I revise it with notes from editor Katii O'Brien.

    http://www.multiversitycomics.com/an...ng-order-2019/

    It includes links to other reading orders too down the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by middenway View Post
    They've always resisted an "official" reading order, because there's so many entry points to the world and none are really wrong. But Scott Allie and I put together a reading order back in 2014 which I revisit annually to update. These days I revise it with notes from editor Katii O'Brien.

    http://www.multiversitycomics.com/an...ng-order-2019/

    It includes links to other reading orders too down the bottom.
    Ah, I see; I can understand that.

    The Multiversity reading order is cool but it is so confusing because it has everything ever, so it makes it hard to follow a singular path. Nevertheless, I will continue on; I feel like I want to spend an entire weekend binging through everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliehustle415 View Post
    The Multiversity reading order is cool but it is so confusing because it has everything ever, so it makes it hard to follow a singular path. Nevertheless, I will continue on; I feel like I want to spend an entire weekend binging through everything.
    There's the simplified order near the top for the core material.

    http://multiversitystatic.s3.amazona...er-2018-v2.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by middenway View Post
    There's the simplified order near the top for the core material.

    http://multiversitystatic.s3.amazona...er-2018-v2.jpg
    Yes! Exactly what I was looking for! Thanks for the help!

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    This is how I've read them, in chronological order, and it was fun as hell!

    Hellboy: Weird Tales (How Koshchei Became Deathless, Baba Yaga's Feast)
    Witchfinder Volume 1: In the Service of Angels
    Witchfinder Volume 2: Lost and Gone Forever
    Witchfinder Volume 3: The Mysteries of Unland
    Witchfinder Volume 4: City of the Dead
    Witchfinder Volume 5: The Gates of Heaven
    Crimson Lotus
    Rise of the Black Flame
    Lobster Johnson Volume 2: The Burning Hand
    Lobster Johnson Volume 3: Satan Smells a Rat
    Lobster Johnson Volume 4: Get the Lobster!
    Lobster Johnson Volume 6: A Chain Forged in Life
    Lobster Johnson Volume 5: The Pirate’s Ghost and Metal Monsters of Midtown
    Lobster Johnson Volume 1: The Iron Prometheus
    Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon
    Sledgehammer 44
    B.P.R.D.: 1946-1948 Omnibus
    B.P.R.D.: Vampire
    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952
    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953
    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954
    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955
    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1956
    Hellboy vs. Lobster Johnson: The Ring of Death (Uncollected)
    Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Omnibus 1
    Frankenstein Underground
    Hellboy Winter Special 2018 (Uncollected)
    Playboy May/June 2018 (Uncollected)
    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Beast of Vargu (Uncollected)
    Archie vs. Predator #1 (Uncollected)
    Hellboy: Krampusnacht (Uncollected)
    Hellboy Winter Special 2016 (Uncollected)
    Hellboy Winter Special 2017 (Uncollected)
    Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Omnibus 2
    Abe Sapien: The Drowning and Other Stories Omnibus
    Hellboy Omnibus 1: Seed of Destruction
    Hellboy Omnibus 2: Strange Places
    The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed
    B.P.R.D.: Being Human
    B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Omnibus 1
    B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Omnibus 2
    B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Omnibus 3
    B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Omnibus 4
    Hellboy Omnibus 3: The Wild Hunt
    B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Omnibus 1
    B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Omnibus 2
    Hellboy Omnibus 4: Hellboy in Hell
    B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Omnibus 3
    Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible Omnibus 1
    B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Omnibus 4
    Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible Omnibus 2
    B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Omnibus 5
    Koshchei the Deathless
    B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know - Volume 1: Messiah
    B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know - Volume 2: Pandemonium
    B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know - Volume 3: Ragna Rock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morsoth View Post
    This is how I've read them, in chronological order, and it was fun as hell!

    Hellboy: Weird Tales (How Koshchei Became Deathless, Baba Yaga's Feast)
    Witchfinder Volume 1: In the Service of Angels
    Witchfinder Volume 2: Lost and Gone Forever
    Witchfinder Volume 3: The Mysteries of Unland
    Witchfinder Volume 4: City of the Dead
    Witchfinder Volume 5: The Gates of Heaven
    Crimson Lotus
    Rise of the Black Flame
    Lobster Johnson Volume 2: The Burning Hand
    Lobster Johnson Volume 3: Satan Smells a Rat
    Lobster Johnson Volume 4: Get the Lobster!
    Lobster Johnson Volume 6: A Chain Forged in Life
    Lobster Johnson Volume 5: The Pirate’s Ghost and Metal Monsters of Midtown
    Lobster Johnson Volume 1: The Iron Prometheus
    Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon
    Sledgehammer 44
    B.P.R.D.: 1946-1948 Omnibus
    B.P.R.D.: Vampire
    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952
    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953
    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954
    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955
    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1956
    Hellboy vs. Lobster Johnson: The Ring of Death (Uncollected)
    Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Omnibus 1
    Frankenstein Underground
    Hellboy Winter Special 2018 (Uncollected)
    Playboy May/June 2018 (Uncollected)
    Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: The Beast of Vargu (Uncollected)
    Archie vs. Predator #1 (Uncollected)
    Hellboy: Krampusnacht (Uncollected)
    Hellboy Winter Special 2016 (Uncollected)
    Hellboy Winter Special 2017 (Uncollected)
    Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Omnibus 2
    Abe Sapien: The Drowning and Other Stories Omnibus
    Hellboy Omnibus 1: Seed of Destruction
    Hellboy Omnibus 2: Strange Places
    The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed
    B.P.R.D.: Being Human
    B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Omnibus 1
    B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Omnibus 2
    B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Omnibus 3
    B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Omnibus 4
    Hellboy Omnibus 3: The Wild Hunt
    B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Omnibus 1
    B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Omnibus 2
    Hellboy Omnibus 4: Hellboy in Hell
    B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Omnibus 3
    Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible Omnibus 1
    B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Omnibus 4
    Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible Omnibus 2
    B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth Omnibus 5
    Koshchei the Deathless
    B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know - Volume 1: Messiah
    B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know - Volume 2: Pandemonium
    B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know - Volume 3: Ragna Rock
    This is going to be my expert run, once I finish it at least once then I might tackle this behemoth

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