Friday, September 3, 2010

Baltimore: The Plague Ships #2

Written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
Art by Ben Stenbeck

There's a lot to like in this issue of Mignola and Golden's first Baltimore comic, as the backstory to the character starts to get explained, as Lord Baltimore and his new friend give chase to the scarred vampire that eluded him last issue.  I originally expected that this whole comic would be set during the Great War, and was surprised when I learned last issue that the war had ended (in 1916 no less).

With this issue, we see Baltimore's experiences in the war, and his first encounter with the vampires who fed on the battlefields.  We also learn why he has a wooden leg.

Much of this story is told without dialogue or with minimal writing, giving Ben Stenbeck plenty of opportunities to show off his gloomy, atmospheric art.  I'm sure that a lot of research would go into drawing a book like this, and the attention to detail really shows through when reading this.  I'm eagerly looking forward to the next issue.

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