Thursday, August 5, 2010

Balitmore: The Plague Ships #1

Written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
Art by Ben Stenbeck

This new series tosses us into the story pretty quickly without explaining a lot of things, but here's what is made clear:  The Great War ended early because of a plague, and there are vampires feeding off the infected towns.  This Baltimore guy, who has a wooden leg (which doesn't slow him down at all) is chasing the vampires, specifically looking for one with a scar on his face.

He almost catches up with them, but lightning strikes the dirigible that they are using to escape, and he meets with an old woman who might or not be a witch, before being put in jail, accused of witchcraft his own self.

This comic is apparently a follow-up to a novel that Mignola and Golden wrote featuring the same character, and this is supposed to happen between the scenes of the book, which is a little annoying for people who haven't read it (like me).  However, this is a very cool comic, with vampires running around in Prussian helmets, and fantastic Ben Stenbeck art.  While a little more exposition would have been helpful, I'm definitely on board for the rest of the series.

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