I know, I preach from the mountain tops about Mike Mignola a lot…but that's because everything the guy does is so full of awesome, it can't help but explode. Case in point: Baltimore.
SOME SPOILERS BELOW.
Story: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden
Written: Christopher Golden
Illustrated: Mike Mignola
I read through it in one sitting, completely incapable of putting it down. It's an incredible story, and even the book design is fantastic. You feel like you're leafing through an old book with roughly-cut pages.
Mignola (HellBoy) and Golden (The Myth Hunters) create a haunting allegory on the nature of war, fusing the poignancy of Hans Christian Anderson's The Steadfast Tin Soldier, the supernatural chills of Dracula and the horrors of WWI and the subsequent influenza epidemic. Years after Capt. (and Lord) Henry Baltimore is infected by a demonic vampire bat while wounded near the Ardennes forest, he summons three friends to a mysterious meeting. Demetrius Aischros is the merchant sea captain who had taken Baltimore home to Trevelyan Isle, where they found Baltimore's family dead and his wife resurrected as a vampire. Thomas Childress Jr. is a nobleman and deserter who learns about the vampire infestation from Baltimore, his childhood friend. Dr. Lemuel Rose is the surgeon who treated Baltimore's war injuries. Together they help Baltimore face a final showdown with the terrible Red King. Stark monochrome illustrations from Mignola enhance this dramatic tale of war and fear.
Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire *contains some spoilers*
MrRiot at 3:58AM, Sept. 8, 2007
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