Review: Baltimore: Chapel of Bones #1 (of 2)

The Baltimore series is an engrossing set of comics dealing with a supernatural hunter in post-World War I Europe.  Mignola and Golden scripts have been atmospheric, action packed, and fun.  Baltimore had some mystery about him, his opponents had been impressive, and his time period is so under-utilized. Although this series should be ongoing, Baltimore still comes sporadically in chapters.  Now, Baltimore reaches London to hunt the Vampire that wrecked the title character’s life.

Unfortunately, the confrontation comes in the last page.  Where this could have been a two-issue fight, the real fisticuffs won’t come until issue two.  Yes, there’s a whole comic of flashback and explication of Baltimore’s origin.  And, yes, it’s still a good comic.  Unfortunately, the good fight scenes and eerie atmosphere are sparse.

Baltimore Chapel of Bones #1 Cover

Score: 3/5

Writer: Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden Artist: Ben Stenbeck Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Price: $3.50 Release Date: 12/31/13