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  • Series: Baltimore (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books; First Edition edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595826734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595826732
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I will recommend it to any horror fan.
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If you like Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. team then Lord Baltimore is your kind of guy and Baltimore is your kind of book.
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It's a perfect match for the tone of the story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Maberry -NY Times Bestseller on June 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
LORD HENRY BALTIMORE is one of the most fascinating characters in recent horror fiction. I was captivated by his first appearance, in Baltimore,: Or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire (2007) and was delighted to see that creators Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden have brought the troubled, battered hero back for more arcane adventures.

This is intelligent, subtle and exciting storytelling at its very best. Highly recommended. And...give us more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wag The Fox on July 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a fan of the Hellboy movies, Mike Mignola wrote the comic books. I'm also a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Christopher Golden has written a few novels based in that universe I've read and enjoyed. So for these two storytellers to collaborate on a historical action/horror comic, set in Europe after the Great War, littered with vampires and zombies no less, I figured I ought to check it out.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on August 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Writer Mike Mignola moves away from the Hellboy universe he created to introduce readers to a new hero, Lord Henry Baltimore. Joined by cowriter and novelist Christopher Golden and artist Ben Stenbeck, Mignola presents a great addition to the canon of Victorian-inspired action/horror fiction.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Many of us who read the prose novel Baltimore,: Or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire were wondering what Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden were going to do with the character. It was obvious that there was more story to tell, but what format would those stories take? A series of novels? Short stories? Or would Mignola and Golden take the character to the medium that Mignola knew so well.

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.
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