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Baltimore Volume 1: The Plague Ships Hardcover – June 7, 2011
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This is intelligent, subtle and exciting storytelling at its very best. Highly recommended. And...give us more!
Lord Henry Baltimore is a soldier with more scars than any man should have to bear. Not only is he battle-worn from his time in World War 1, but he watched his fellow soldiers ambushed on the battlefield or devoured by giant bats, had his leg amputated and replaced by a mechanical peg leg, lost his family, and found himself in a personal war and on the manhunt for a vampire who may be responsible for all of it.
Mignola and Golden have tapped into a swashbuckling adventure steeped in European history and myth, with plenty of horror and suspense on each page. Stenbeck's illustrations offer a slightly different style from what I'm used to seeing in more conventional comic books, namely the superhero genre. There is a storybook quality to many of the pages that offer a sense of antiquity, which seems well suited to the time period of the story. The dialogue comes off a bit grandiose at times, but I didn't find it too much of a deterrent.
My main criticism would have to be the lack of empathy I felt towards Baltimore's companion in this ordeal with the Plague Ships. Vanessa Kalderas, the daughter of a witch, who escapes a ravaged village for a chance at a better life is rather compelling in the beginning of the novel. But as the story progressed, she seemed to become less an actual character than a sounding board to Baltimore's reminiscences.Read more ›
Set during the years of the influenza plague following the end of World War I, the story follows vampires who have begun preying on the sick. Hunting those vampires is Lord Baltimore, an injured veteran of the war who first learned of the existence of vampires on the blood-soaked battlefields of Germany. Nearly killed there, he scarred one named Haigus and lost his leg to a gangrenous bullet wound. His confrontation with Haigus ignites a personal war between the two, and armed with a bevy of blades and guns, Baltimore stalks the quarantined streets of an old French village in search of retribution.
As a writer, Mignola is constantly inspired by gothic horror, and his work successfully captures the earlier romantic era of horror fiction. Baltimore: The Plague Ships marries its gothic sensibilities to a post-war setting that works really well and provides some innovative settings in which the story can unfold.
While Mignola and Golden aren't exactly reinventing the vampire genre, the trusty old warhorse of horror fiction if ever there were one, they at least populate it with interesting ideas and intriguing concepts. Setting their tale amidst a plague is a particular bit of genius that allows them to explore the vampiric infestation, as is their haunting submarine graveyard that sets up the book's finale.
Lord Baltimore himself is an intriguing character and readers will likely be rooting for him quickly.Read more ›
With The Plague Ships we got our answer. Taking the novel as a launching point--but not slavishly so--"Baltimore: The Plague Ships" further develops the that the Right Honourable the Lord Henry Richard Baltimore, 13th Baron Baltimore,of Boscastle in County Durham and his rivalry against the vampire Haigus. Baltimore is no longer quite the Steadfast Tin Soldier of the novel, but more of a grim, harpoon-slinging action hero doing battle with zeppelin-flying Kaiser vampires.
The story gives you everything you need to know about Baltimore including his back story, so you don't need to have read the book to enjoy the comic. The series starts with Baltimore landing on a vampire-haunted village, cleaning up the town in classic action-hero style, Then sailing off on a cursed ship to fight mushroom-people and steam punk diving suits on a haunted isle.
This first volume in the Baltimore series has its flaws. The story is a jumble. Mike Mignola has been on record for years in wanting to incorporate some William Hope Hodgins (The Ghost Pirates) influence into his stories as well as a fungus-themed villain.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Decent but it seemed all too familiar. Would buy further volumes if on sale.Published 10 months ago by Henry
Beautiful artwork smart writing. Mignola is still at the top of his game. In the same vein as Hellboy any Hellboy fan will enjoy Baltimore.Published 11 months ago by Mjo29
The story is kind of formulaic, but the world it's set in is fascinating. Not only is the art totally retroVictorian, but the old fashioned look of that World really enhances the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dhandforth
Grisly, direct, and in tune with Mignola's other works. The story is well paced, placing action, back story, and character development at an even flow. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
The drawings are wonderful. Makes me wish I had more drive to get a hand that draws what I wanted. However, the scenes are like vignettes from a movie. Or the other way around.Published 13 months ago by B Jones