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Comic Review: Baltimore: The Inquisitor
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Baltimore: The InquisitorBaltimore: The Inquisitor
Written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
Illustrated by Ben Stenbeck
Colored by Dave Stewart
Lettered by Clem Robins
Cover by Ben Stenbeck and Dave Stewart
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 19, 2013
Cover Price: $3.50

Everyone’s favorite vampire-killing English nobleman discovers that he has a rendezvous with his most malicious mortal opponent in Baltimore: The Inquisitor from Dark Horse. That’s right, fans — creators Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden have finally decided to satisfy our growing curiosity with an origin story of Lord Baltimore’s human nemesis Judge André Duvic.

This latest series opens with Baltimore’s friend and ally Mr. Hodge imprisoned by Judge Duvic. Hodge becomes the target of Duvic’s attempt to locate Baltimore to “cleanse” him of the evil that he believes has infested the man. The tale of the Judge’s dark past begins to unfold during his jail cell inquest, revealing a hell-bent mentor in the priesthood and a lifetime of horrific trials and torture.

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Comic Review: Baltimore: The Widow and the Tank
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Baltimore: The Widow and the TankBaltimore: The Widow and the Tank
Written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Clem Roberts
Cover by Ben Stenbeck
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: February 20, 2012
Cover Price: $3.50

The story of Lord Baltimore is set during the post-World World I era and centers on the former British soldier turned monster hunter’s obsession with Haigus, an ancient vampire who set a plague upon Europe and ruined Baltimore’s life. In The Widow and the Tank, a 2-story one-shot, Lord Baltimore travels to Londonshire, England to interview a confirmed dead soldier who has somehow returned home to his wife (in “The Widow”), and then to the Aquitaine region of France, to a field of beautiful red flowers littered with the skeletal remains of what he believes to be vampire victims, where he discovers something more disturbing than the vampires he loathes (in “The Tank”).

Baltimore, who you’ll recognize from his wooden peg leg and trusty harpoon, has nothing to live for, except to eradicate Haigus and his preternatural creations, which is why he consistently puts himself in harm’s way to confront these deadly creatures. Sometimes he’s striking down all undead in his path with his aforementioned and frequently bloodied harpoon, as well as with his guns, knives, swords, and other weaponry strapped to his back; other times, he’s an angel of mercy. But in the end, his mission is clear: find Haigus and kill him.

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Comic Review: Baltimore: The Play (One-Shot)
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Baltimore: The PlayBaltimore: The Play
One-Shot
Written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Cover by Ben Stenbeck
Dark Horse Comics
Release date: November 21, 2012
Cover price: $3.50

The story of Lord Henry Baltimore, the title character in the aptly named comic book Baltimore, is a horrifically tragic tale. Lord Baltimore was a captain in World War I. He led a battalion into battle only for everyone to be slaughtered, except Lord Baltimore. On the brink of death and very badly wounded, Lord Baltimore awakes to witness giant bat creatures eating the remains of his comrades. One of the monstrous bats attempts to eat Lord Baltimore. Baltimore slashes the creature’s right eye out, scarring it. In return, the creature slices at Lord Baltimore’s left leg, mangling it. The creature that Lord Baltimore blinds is so furious about losing his eye, that he unleashes a plague upon warring Europe. Little does anyone know that the plague is an indirect form of vampirism. Those unfortunate to be infected, rise up and become vampires. After being saved and having his leg amputated and replaced with a wood jointed peg, Lord Baltimore returns home to find his family is dead from the plague, and his wife is murdered by Haigus, the Red King vampire, the vampire bat who attacked Baltimore and the reason behind the mysterious plague.

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Comic Review: Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy #1
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Baltimore: Dr. Leskovars Remedy #1Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy #1
Written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Clem Roberts
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 20, 2012
Cover Price: $3.50

I’m a big fan of the first two Baltimore miniseries that Dark Horse has released and I’m just as much of a fan of the first issue of the next entry in the series, Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy. This is just a two-parter between larger minis, and this issue gives a good look at what the series is all about.

The basic premise of Baltimore is that during World War I, a plague broke out that caused an outbreak of vampirism. The rise of these new vampires awoke some older vampires who had been sleeping for a long time. One of these older vampires attacks a certain Lord Baltimore and his family. However, Baltimore survives and swears vengeance against the vampire who ruined his life. Now, Baltimore travels Europe, seemingly always one step behind the target of his revenge.

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Comic Review: Baltimore: The Curse Bells #5
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Baltimore 5 coverBaltimore: The Curse Bells #5
Written by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Clem Robins
Cover by Mike Mignola with Dave Stewart
Dark Horse Comics
Release date: December 14, 2011
Cover Price: $3.50

The adventure of Lord Henry Baltimore and the cursed bells concludes.

In Baltimore: The Curse Bells #5, Lord Henry Baltimore fights the evil priest that now has taken control of the villagers in the nearby town by cursing the bells of an old church. The cursed bells grant the priest ultimate control over anyone who can hear the bells ring. Everyone is under the priest’s control except for Lord Henry Baltimore. Baltimore takes on the evil priest’s army while Baltimore ultimate enemy, Haigus, has other plans. Will Baltimore defeat the evil priest? Will Baltimore get his revenge on the one-eyed vampire Haigus?

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Comic Review: Baltimore: The Curse Bells #4
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Baltimore: The Curse Bells #4Baltimore: The Curse Bells #4
Written by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Clem Robins
Cover by Mike Mignola with Dave Stewart
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: November 9, 2011
Cover Price: $3.50

A nearby town is in trouble and Lord Henry Baltimore is the only person who can keep the town safe from evil.

In Baltimore: The Curse Bells #4, Lord Henry Baltimore finds the enemy that he’s been searching for: Haigus. Lord Baltimore finds the vampire that killed his family who has also been captured in a holding cell just as Lord Baltimore has. Baltimore is torn between eliminating his long time foe, Haigus, and stopping the priest that is trying to use the cursed bells of the church to control the population of the nearby town. Will Baltimore do the right thing or choose to end his enemy forever?

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Comic Review: Baltimore: The Curse Bells #3
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Baltimore: The Curse Bells #3Baltimore: The Curse Bells #3
Written by Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Colors by Dave Stewart
Cover by Mike Mignola with Dave Stewart
Dark Horse Comics
Release date: October 12, 2011
Price: $3.50

The adventure of Lord Henry Baltimore continues.

In Baltimore: The Curse Bells #3, Lord Henry Baltimore finds himself in the middle of a supernatural ritual in which a pregnant woman is being sacrificed by a priest to raise a dead witch from beyond the grave. The ritual is completed and the witch is born again. The priest wants the witch to grant him the power to put a curse on the bells of a famous church which will give him the ability to control others around him. While Baltimore is captured by the priest’s men, there is a reveal that may answer a lot of Baltimore’s unanswered questions.

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Comic Review: Baltimore: The Curse Bells #2
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Dark Horse Comics: Baltimore: The Curse Bells #2Baltimore: The Curse Bells #2
Written by Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Colors by Dave Steward
Letters by Clem Robins
Cover by Mike Mignola with Dave Stewart
Dark Horse Comics
Release date: September 14, 2011
Price: $3.50

The battle between Lord Henry Baltimore and the creatures of evil continues.

In Baltimore: The Curse Bells #2, Lord Henry Baltimore continues his search for the vampire that ultimately ruined his life: the one-eyed vampire known as Haigus. While searching for Haigus, Baltimore and his new accomplice, Mr. Hodge, investigate a castle that may have evil inhabiting it. While searching the castle, Baltimore comes across a ritual involving a pregnant woman and evil has a plan to raise the dead.

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Comic Review: Baltimore, Vol. 1: The Plague Ships
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Baltimore, Vol. 1: The Plague ShipsBaltimore, Vol. 1: The Plague Ships
Hardcover
Written by Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden
Art by Ben Stenbeck
Dark Horse Comics
Release date: June 8, 2011

In Baltimore, Vol. 1: The Plague Ships, the end of World War I brings about a plague that overruns Europe with the existence of vampires. Lord Henry Baltimore, a former soldier, dedicates his life to making these monsters extinct and searches for the one monster that ruined his life.

I have to admit that I’ve never read a comic by Mike Mignola. I’ve only seen the Hellboy films and I enjoyed both of them. When I got a chance to read Baltimore: The Plague Ships, I was hesitant. The story seemed like it could be good or bad. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the book. I really liked the character of Lord Henry Baltimore. He not only has physical scars from war, but emotional scars from these vampires killing his fellow soldiers and his family.

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