Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Oddest Jobs - Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden manages to maintain the good quality of the other two 'Odd' Hellboy anthologies here, this one coming in at 3.61, thanks to another fine lineup. Lansdale at the start, and Mieville at the end, not too shabby at all. Nix, Braunbeck kWilliams and Hambly come up with good stuff, too, and Hughes goes for bizarre but cool in a Farmeresque homage.

A cool cover, too, with Hellboy in Daredevil-style gargoyle pose, and there are Mignola illustrations at the start of stories as an added bonus.

Everything Hellboy continues to be good quality, so those that like the Big Red Guy and friends should definitely give this book a try.

Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 01 Jiving with Shadows and Dragons and Long Black Trains - Joe R. Lansdale
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 02 Straight No Chaser - Mark Chadbourn
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 03 Second Honeymoon - John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 04 Danny Boy - Ken Bruen
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 05 Strange Fishing In the Western Highlands - Garth Nix
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 06 Salamander Blues - Brian Keene
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 07 The Thursday Men - Tad Williams
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 08 Produce - Amber Benson
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 09 Repossession - Barbara Hambly
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 10 In Cupboards and Bookshelves - Gary A. Braunbeck
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 11 Feet Of Sciron - Rhys Hughes
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 12 Monster Boy - Steven Volk
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 13 Evolution and Hellhole Canyon - Don Winslow
Hellboy Oddest Jobs : 14 A Room Of One's Own - China Mieville


Hellboy and a werewolf reverend vs the Obsidian Giant, who has a lot of horror pulp influence to draw on.

4 out of 5


Hellboy has to find Robert Johnson's shoes for a dead-not dead wedding.

3.5 out of 5


Titan family time for Hellboy and the BPRD.

3 out of 5


An ordinary decent criminal, and another problem for Hellboy.

3 out of 5


A Scots doctor gets a fast, druidic initiation as part of his dad's defense unit, and a new big, red fishing buddy.

4 out of 5


Revenge of the mermen means an egg hunt and a lot less pancakes for Hellboy.

3.5 out of 5


BPRD poker story of cross-dimensional defense.

4 out of 5


The tail's the thing, lost in the supermarket, at least until Hellboy notices.

3.5 out of 5


Hellboy has to sort out some sixties demon collecting in Egypt.

4 out of 5


Hellboy is asked for a favour by the Reverend, for some brave children.

4 out of 5


A rogue planet counterpart, ectoplasmic sex rituals with the Carnacki institute, and a Journey To the Centre Of the Earth for Liz and Abe. Plus some help from a dead Philip Jose Farmer, on a long river.

4 out of 5


Working out if King Kong would beat Mothra, then delivering some hand of doom action thanks to Hellboy inspiration.

3 out of 5


Desert attacks for the Big Red Guy.

3 out of 5


Perkins vs James apparition dressmatch, and don't mention the crossdressing, says Hellboy.

4 out of 5




4 out of 5

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