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"Hellsing: Deluxe Edition – Volume 1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Dark Horse Comics

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Written and illustrated by Kohta Hirano
Translated by Duane Johnson
2020, 696 Pages
Graphic novel released on July 15th, 2020

Review:

I can thank Toonami on Cartoon Network for introducing me to anime at an early age. After plowing through Dragon Ball Z and Gundam Wing, I went looking for more. Me and a few friends would peruse the aisles at Media Play where I would try out the next volume of an anime series, throwing down $27.99 plus tax for maybe three episodes. One such title was Hellsing. The show followed the mysterious vampire Alucard as he hacked his way through all kinds of monsters as an agent of the Hellsing Organization. Fast forward about twenty years and I dig into the deluxe edition of the manga it's based on and it's like time travel.

I'm still learning my way around manga and now I want nothing more than to pick up the books that all my favorite anime series were based on. Hellsing is no different. Kohta Hirano's gory epic moves at a breakneck pace, showing the Hellsing Organization under attack by a variety of vampire creatures, not to mention the Vatican itself.

It's impossible not to love Alucard. He's cocky, sinister, and supremely powerful. The thing is, he knows all of that. He goes into battle with an unparalleled sense of confidence because he can face any foe without worry. This hardcover, collecting the first four volumes of the series, introduces us to that idea, yet rarely gets to the limits of his abilities.

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Alucard can literally pull himself back together after being torn to pieces. Hirano shows this in all the gory detail you can imagine. Limbs are torn off. Heads explode. It's insane...and that's just Alucard. His victims practically create a river of blood that he swims through to show his masters all the chaos he's unleashed on their behalf.

This does get a little repetitive at times, however, that could just be the effect of reading all of these volumes together in one collection. Broken up, it might not be that bad to see him tear through yet another would-be adversary.

There is an air of the '90s in Hellsing, especially with some of the language used. Alucard is just too cool, taking on the laid back, emo quality that came to define a generation. I know the feeling well, as I sat with that same tone wearing my JNCO jeans, Marilyn Manson t-shirt, and Airwalks while watching the anime series.

Hellsing is more than just Alucard ripping people apart. He takes on a ward of sorts, by turning a young police woman into a vampire. He teaches her the ropes in between gore-fests. Although there are close to 700 pages of content in this book, she doesn't get much in the way of character development during that time.

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Perhaps the greatest adversary for Alucard comes in Father Alexander Anderson, an agent of the Vatican who works as a monster hunter. The two quarrel a few times in this book, like two sides of the same coin. Both are pretty awesome so this is a battle I hope goes on forever with no clear winner.

Hellsing is a fun manga that is chock full of blood and guts. They're practically dripping off of some of the pages. There's a lot to take in regarding this world and the Hellsing Organization and it's clear that even with almost 700 pages, we're just getting started. I can't wait to dig into more of this series.

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Art: fourandahalfstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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