Hellboy: Wake the Devil

Hellboy: Wake the Devil  is a five-issue comic book mini series in the  Hellboy  franchise, designed and illustrated by Mike Mignola and published by Dark Horse Comics . Various Elements and section of stud Were later used in the animated movie  Hellboy: Blood and Iron  .  

Plot

Part One

The comic opens on the northern coast of Norway , inside the Arctic Circle , where Zinco helicopter is landing in front of the castle that was seen at the end of the Seed of Destruction . The head of the company, Roderick Zinco, is confronted by Karl Kroenen, Ilsa Haupstein and Leopold Kurtz but Zinco explains that he saw Grigori Rasputin on his private beach and left behind  Ragna Rock  and disappeared, Zinco promised them that they can use anything he has.

One year later, in SoHo , New York City the Nazis kill the curator of a wax museum. At the BPRD Headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut , Tom Manning and Kate Corrigan brief the agents about the life of Vladimir Giurescu and the fact that he could never die because of the full moon shines down at Castle Giurescu he heals himself. In 1944, Heinrich Himmlerproposed a  Vampir Sturm  and a Nazi delegation, led by Ilsa Haupstein was sent to Giurescu, after meeting with Hitler, Hitler, Giurescu family. They revealed that the museum curator, Howard Steinman, real name Hans Ubler, could have gotten Giurescu’s body out of Germany before he was burnt and that someone else could have the intention to take over Castle Giurescu to re-animate his corpse, but There are three possibilities to where Castle Giurescu is, so Tom Manning splits them up into three groups. Hellboy on his own, Clark with Abe Sapien, and Bud Waller with Liz Sherman and Leach.

In Romania , Isla Haupstein opens the stolen box with Giurescu’s corpse in it and orders the soldiers to take care of it. Meanwhile, in Norway, Kurtz and Kroenen watch They are doing their own army. Back in Romania, Abe Sapien talks to Hellboy about the involvement of the Ragna Rok Project because he thinks it’s worrying Hellboy. Hellboy jumps out the plane with a jetpack which explodes when he tries to click it and Hellboy lands in the same castle that Ilsa Haupstein is in.

Part Two

Unmensch orders, a Nazi cyborg, to kill Hellboy and they fight until they both fall through the floor. A flashback to Tarmagant Island, 1944 shows Rasputin ordering Ilsa, Kroenen and Kurtz to go to Norway. In the present, Rasputin appears and tells her story that he will be young again. In the castle, Hellboy wakes up with the Nazi gone, leaving behind only his metal arm.

In a nearby village, an old man tells the story of how to get away from it.

Hellboy follows a trace of blood and finds a man who is the goddess Hecate who Giurescu is back to life because Giurescu is her son. When Hellboy asks where Giurescu is, the man refuses to tell him and Hellboy burns him to death. When Hellboy leaves the room he remembers the old man said something about a moon and a door with a moon shape on it, and is the box with his corpse in front of it. But he is surrounded by ravens who turn into the Women of Thessaly and start attacking him.

Part Three

At Castle Giurescu, Hellboy is shooting the Women of Thessaly as Giurescu comes out of his box. As hellboy tries to kill him with a stab to the chest, Giurescu turns into a raven. He falls into a stone coffin and ends up underground. Hellboy eventually finds Giurescu is lying on the ground with the knife in his chest, but Giurescu turns into a mass of snakes and escapes. As Hellboy leaves the tomb, Hecate brings Giurescu back to life. Rasputin tells Isla about his life and offers the chance to be reborn as he was.

In the Ruins of Czege Castle, Liz Sherman, Bud Waller and Leach find a door. Leach, a human metal detector, is able to detect the hinges and open it. They find a huge room with a dead homunculus inside. Liz has a hole in its chest and is unable to let go. The homunculus draws energy from her and awakens. Bud shoots her arm to free her. The homunculus panics, snapping Bud Wallers’ neck during its escape.

In Norway, Roderick Zinco has a head in a jar, who is revealed to be Professor Herman Von Klempt. Kroenen asked Zinco to find Von Klempt and form an alliance. At the Monastery of St. Bartholomew in Romania, the old man from issue 2 tells his brother, a priest, that the town will go back to its “old ways” because he can sense Giurescu. However, his brother does not believe him. Back at Castle Giurescu, Hellboy finds a room full of explosives and sets to go in one hour.

Part Four

As Hellboy is leaving the castle, he thinks he hears Giurescu. He discovers Hecate in a snake form. She tries to get Hellboy to go back to his “old kind” and tells him that he lost himself in humanity. Hellboy and Hecate fight and she tells him that he can not escape his destiny; he will bring the end of the world. Hellboy spears her as they smash through a wall; her skin and flesh burn in the daylight as the explosives go off. The castle is destroyed with Hellboy just outside.

Abe Sapien and Clark report back to BPRD HQ from the ruins of Szentes Castle, telling them they found nothing but a pillar of smoke from Hellboy’s location. They are told to go and find Hellboy.

In Romania, Baba Yaga’s serving Koku brings Rasputin an Iron Maiden to initiate Ilsa Haupstein’s rebirth. She enters it and is immediately killed. Rasputin tells Koku that he will be back to see Baba Yaga.

Stephen and two other men find Hellboy’s body outside the ruins of Castle Giurescu to drive him to the crossroads.

In Norway, Von Klempt tries to get along with Rasputin’s plans Kurtz gets angry and tries to kill Von Klempt. Kroenen tries to stop Kurtz and ends up stabbing and killing him.

In Romania, Hellboy is chained to a thick wooden pole. Rasputin tells him that he is there and he leaves with the iron maiden.

Part Five

Abe Sapien and Clark land in the Romanian village to discover all the houses with painted crosses on the doors and windows. They enter a church where Stephen’s brother stands at the end of the church with Hellboy’s signal belt in his hand. He is unresponsive and when Cark touches his shoulder, the priest’s head falls off and the pair falls through the floor. Clark lands on long metal spikes and is impaled through the chest. Abe falls to the ground, where Rasputin confronts him and tells him that he will be speared through the chest as well. The Priest ‘s Sayings, Saying, “Abraham Sapien, Do You Hear …” “How are you going to live?

At the crossroads, Hellboy is still chained to the thick wooden pole and is confronted by a fully re-animated Vladmir Giurescu on horseback. Hellboy cracks the wooden pole and hits the horse on the head with it. The horse and Giurescu instantly turn into skeletons. The Iron Maiden assumes a snake-like form similar to Hecate’s. Repeating that he can not escape his destiny, Ilsa eats him. Hellboy’s horns fully re-grow and he sees the Ogdru-Jahad, but he still refuses to help the world and snaps his horns. He appears back at the crossroads where Kate Corrigan finds him and tells him what happened to the other teams.

In Norway, Rasputin confronts Von Klempt, Kroenen and Zinco, and is now blinds Zinco who accidentally presses a button that blows up the whole castle. In a helicopter above Romania, Hellboy is told that there is no sign of the iron maiden. At the end of the issue, it was revealed that the skeleton of Vladmir Giurescu was in the process of being destroyed, but it was only partially recovered. It is also revealed that the head of Father Nicholas Budenz never spoke again, but the focus of poltergeist activities, including sudden temperature drops and the levitation of objects for weeks.

Epilogue

At the World Tree, Yggdrasil, Baba Yaga tells Rasputin that he has failed and can not have a god, and has to stay with her. He says that he’ll go on and go to make himself a god.

Collected editions

It was collected as a second  Hellboy  trade paperback with a new epilogue:

  • Wake the Devil  (5-issue mini-series, 1997, Dark Horse Comics , tpb, 144 pages, 1997, ISBN  1-56971-226-3 ,  [1]  2004, ISBN  1-59307-095-0 }  [2]

Awards

  • 1997: Mignola won the “Best Writer / Artist: Drama” Eisner Award , for  Wake the Devil

Notes

  1. Jump up^  Dark Horse Comics> Profile> Hellboy: Wake the Devil TPB
  2. Jump up^  Dark Horse Comics> Profile> Hellboy Volume 2: Wake the Devil TPB

References

  • ‘  Hellboy: Wake the Devil’  at the Grand Comics Database
  • Hellboy: Wake the Devil  at the Comic Book DB

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