I think this may be the volume that's gotten me hooked to Hellboy. I love the way Mignola uses folklore as a starting point to his stories. (And I loved the notes he added to this collection.) Most of the stories here are very short, but none of them felt too short, or stretched out, for that matter. The Corpse in particular was nearly perfect in every way. The character of Hellboy makes for a great lead in these sorts of stories: professional and personable. My one criticism is how Mignola handled Liz. He acknowledges in his notes that he didn't know what to do with her, and that's a shame. Even in the one story she appears in, which is meant to be centered around her life-or-death struggle, she barely shows up. I liked her when she showed up previously, so it was a shame.