Title: Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 3: The Wild Hunt
Author: Mike Mignola
Illustrators: Duncan Fegredo, Dave Stewart
Series: Hellboy #3
Hellboy is being attacked by the Russian witch, Baba Yaga, and a few other people from his past all determined to get revenge. Hellboy is also being forced to confront the truth about his destiny, which involves King Arthur’s sword Excalibur. He is also finally forced to admit the truth about the past few years since he left Africa.
This was another great collection of stories. Hellboy is finally confronting the truth about himself and his destiny. While people may be telling him how his destiny is supposed to play out, as usual he chooses his own path and way of dealing with it, which is one of the things I like most about Hellboy. He is always taking the unexpected, and usually tougher, path. The battle against Nimue was bloody and filled with death but Hellboy never gives up nor does he give in. He will keep protecting humanity until there is nothing left of himself.
In this volume, Hellboy also finally accepts the truth that he will most likely never return to the Bureau or see his friends again. Burning himself in the bottle didn’t help him hide from the truth, and now he finally faces the truth of the past few years. There is a lot of acceptance in these stories. He finally is starting to see that while he may have a destiny to fulfill, he can still do it on his own terms. Overall, this was a fantastic set of stories and I can’t wait to pick up the next volume to see how the rest of Hellboy’s story plays out.
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