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Mignolaversity: The Hellboy Universe Reading Order ― 2017

By | June 7th, 2017
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This is an older reading order. Please check out the 2019 version.

With Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe now spanning over seventy trade paperbacks, it can be a little intimidating, especially for new readers. Fortunately, the Hellboy Universe is designed to work from many different starting points. Pick a series—“Hellboy,” “B.P.R.D.,” “Witchfinder,” “Lobster Johnson”—they’re all good starting points. Just follow the numbers on the spines of the trades. And many of these series can be read in isolation from the others. You don’t need to read “Hellboy” to read “Lobster Johnson.”

However, there is a certain joy in starting from the beginning and working your way through the whole line of books. That’s what this reading order is for. It’s made with the big collections in mind (the library editions and omnibus editions). You simply pick up a book, read it cover to cover, then move on to the next. No switching books halfway through.

This is not the official reading order, it’s simply one way to explore the Hellboy Universe. Discovery is meant to be a part of the reading experience. As editor Scott Allie said to me once, ‘Different reading orders will tell different stories, the surprises will be in different places. Everyone’s experience will be different.’ So don’t be afraid to explore a little bit; this is not a rigid reading order.

The Hellboy Universe Reading Order ― 2017 (Part 1)
The Hellboy Universe Reading Order ― 2017 (Part 2)
The Hellboy Universe Reading Order ― 2017 (Part 3)
The Hellboy Universe Reading Order ― 2017 (Part 4)

TEXT ONLY VERSION

HELLBOY – VOLUME 1
—LIBRARY EDITION—

• Hellboy: Seed of Destruction
• Hellboy: Wake the Devil

HELLBOY – VOLUME 2
—LIBRARY EDITION—

• Hellboy: The Chained Coffin and Others
• Hellboy: The Right Hand of Doom

HELLBOY – VOLUME 3
—LIBRARY EDITION—

• Hellboy: Conqueror Worm
• Hellboy: Strange Places

Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea (OGN)

HELLBOY – VOLUME 4
—LIBRARY EDITION—

• Hellboy: The Crooked Man and Others
• Hellboy: The Troll Witch and Others

B.P.R.D.
P
LAGUE OF FROGS – VOLUME 1
—OMNIBUS EDITION—

• B.P.R.D.: Hollow Earth & Other Stories
• B.P.R.D.: The Soul of Venice & Other Stories
• B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs

B.P.R.D.
P
LAGUE OF FROGS – VOLUME 2
—OMNIBUS EDITION—

• B.P.R.D.: The Dead
• B.P.R.D.: War on Frogs
• B.P.R.D.: The Black Flame

B.P.R.D.
P
LAGUE OF FROGS – VOLUME 3
—OMNIBUS EDITION—

• B.P.R.D.: The Universal Machine
• B.P.R.D.: Garden of Souls
• B.P.R.D.: Killing Ground

HELLBOY – VOLUME 5
—LIBRARY EDITION—

• Hellboy: Darkness Calls
• Hellboy: The Wild Hunt

HELLBOY
WEIRD TALES
—OMNIBUS EDITION—

• “How Koshchei Became Deathless”
• “Baba Yaga’s Feast”
• Hellboy: Weird Tales – Volume 1 (Out of continuity)
• Hellboy: Weird Tales – Volume 2 (Out of continuity)

Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels

Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever

Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland

Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand

Lobster Johnson: Satan Smells a Rat

Continued below

Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster

Lobster Johnson: A Chain Forged in Life
(Coming March 2018)

Lobster Johnson: The Pirate’s Ghost and Metal Monsters of Midtown
(Coming December 2017)

Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus

Sledgehammer 44

B.P.R.D.
1946–1948

—OMNIBUS EDITION—

• B.P.R.D.: 1946
• B.P.R.D.: 1947
• B.P.R.D.: 1948

B.P.R.D.: Vampire

Hellboy: The Midnight Circus (OGN)

Hellboy in Mexico

Frankenstein Underground

Abe Sapien: The Drowning

Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest and Other Stories

B.P.R.D.: Being Human

B.P.R.D.
P
LAGUE OF FROGS – VOLUME 4
—OMNIBUS EDITION—

• B.P.R.D.: The Warning
• B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess
• B.P.R.D.: King of Fear

HELLBOY – VOLUME 6
—LIBRARY EDITION—

• Hellboy: The Storm and the Fury
• Hellboy: The Bride of Hell and Others

B.P.R.D.
H
ELL ON EARTH – VOLUME 1
—OMNIBUS EDITION—

(Coming December 2017)
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: New World
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Gods and Monsters
B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Russia

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil’s Engine & The Long Death

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror & Others

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Return of the Master

HELLBOY IN HELL
—LIBRARY EDITION—

(Coming October 2017)
• Hellboy in Hell: The Descent
• Hellboy in Hell: The Death Card

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: A Cold Day in Hell

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Lake of Fire

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Reign of the Black Flame

ABE SAPIEN
DARK AND TERRIBLE – VOLUME 1
—OMNIBUS EDITION—

(Coming November 2017)
Abe Sapien: Dark and Terrible and The New Race of Man
Abe Sapien: The Shape of Things to Come
Abe Sapien: Sacred Places

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil’s Wings

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Flesh and Stone

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Metamorphosis

ABE SAPIEN
DARK AND TERRIBLE – VOLUME 2
—OMNIBUS EDITION—

(Coming 2018)
Abe Sapien: A Darkness so Great
Abe Sapien: The Secret Fire
Abe Sapien: The Desolate Shore

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Exorcist

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: End of Days

B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Cometh the Hour

Witchfinder: City of the Dead

Rise of the Black Flame

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954
(Coming January 2018)

The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed
(Coming October 2017)

Abe Sapien: Lost Lives and Other Stories
(Coming June 2017)

Continued below

NOTES

“Baltimore” and “Joe Golem” aren’t included in the reading order because they aren’t a part of the Hellboy Universe. “The Amazing Screw-on Head” isn’t in there either, although I would suggest reading it before “Hellboy in Hell” just to give the ending some context.

I’ve only included stories in continuity. I made an exception for the “Hellboy: Weird Tales” omnibus edition because it collects the short stories “How Koshchei Became Deathless” and “Baba Yaga’s Feast.” This list does not include things like “Hellboy Junior” or any “Hellboy” crossovers.

If there’s anything else you want to know, the Hellboy Wiki is a helpful resource.


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Mark Tweedale

Mark writes Haunted Trails, The Harrow County Observer, The Damned Speakeasy, and a bunch of stuff for Mignolaversity. An animator and an eternal Tintin fan, he spends his free time reading comics, listening to film scores, watching far too many video essays, and consuming the finest dark chocolates. You can find him on Twitter @MarkTweedale.

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