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Dark Horse Comics Reveals an All-New Baltimore story from Baltimore Omnibus 2

The second Baltimore Omnibus from Dark Horse Comics features an all-new eight-page story by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, featuring art by Ben Stenbeck, colors by Dave Stewart, and lettering by Clem Robins. The never-before-published story features the adventures of a giant ape.

In addition to the new story, the second Baltimore Omnibus collects Baltimore: The Witch of Harju #1-#3, Baltimore: The Wolf and the Apostle #1-#2, Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King #1-#5, Baltimore: Empty Graves #1-#5, and Baltimore: The Red Kingdom #1-#5.

Finally armed with the identity of the being responsible for the vampire plague, Baltimore and his band of allies take on the evil around them with a new fervor. Enemies old and new, desperate battles, and strange horror await the reader as they follow Baltimore toward his ultimate destiny.

From writers Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, with art by Ben Stenbeck and Peter Bergting comes the culmination of the Baltimore series, published for the first time in an omnibus format. Baltimore Omnibus 2 is available in bookstores as of April 7, 2020.

Baltimore Omnibus 2

Review: Baltimore: Empty Graves #5


After the Blood-Red Witch disappears with Baltimore, Sofia and the others must fend off her followers while Rose and Kidd follow a new lead to find the witch and save Baltimore.

All things must end, for other things to begin. Even as the Red King enters this world, all seems lost. Yet Baltimore learns a powerful secret, but the price is high. I’m curious to see how writers Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden continue this in the next story arc, given the ending of this issue.

Dark, gory, action packed, and violent is the best way to describe the art by Peter Bergting. I will admit the Red King entering this world is a sight to behold and Bergting nails it. The artist leaves a slightly haunting impression as the vessel of Red king brings destruction in his wake.

As usual, a “Mignola” is as fantastic to look at for the art is it is entertaining to read.

Story: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden Art: Peter Bergting
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Baltimore: Empty Graves #4


Led to a sultan’s tomb in their search for the Blood-Red Witch, Baltimore and his companions get answers from unexpected sources that will lead them not only to the witch, but to the Red King as well.

In Baltimore: Empty Graves #4 things get strange as the origin tale of the living dead sultans is revealed. Writer Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden manage to share the tale of how the Blood-Red Witch came to her current moniker back when she was human. It all leads to a climatic and intriguing fight scene revealing even more. This comic deals with more of the past than some previews issues.

The tale of the past is well drawn by Peter Bergting. The art creates an interesting portrait especially with the design of the body of Blood-Red Witch, in particular, the use of color. The fight scenes are superb and manage to flow well. It all comes together to give the comic a dire sense of urgency, and action.

Story: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden Art: Peter Bergting
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Baltimore: Empty Graves #2


Before Baltimore and company set out for Constantinople to hunt the Blood Red Witch, old friends are buried and they prepare to face their own graves in their hunt for the Red King.

In Baltimore: Empty Graves #2 the tragic story of one of Baltimore’s companions is revealed. While the tale is sad, it does reveal why he is with Baltimore, and his assorted crew. Written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, this issue reveals, something darker, about the man himself. We get that along with his almost suicidal desire to see the end of the Red King, and his own death along with him.

The art by Peter Bergting fits the natural darkness of Mignolaverse. Bergting does an excellent job blending in backstories, with the present as they bury empty coffins. Despite the tragedy throughout the issue, the comic is well drawn. It showcases the light of life, and the darkness of death.

Story: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden Art: Peter Bergting
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Baltimore: Empty Graves #1


With no bodies to bury, Baltimore lays to rest the memories of good friends, while the strange worshipers of the Red King make use of the corpses of his fallen allies.

Mike Mignola, is known for two things. His creation of Hellboy, and his unique style. While in some ways Baltimore is similar to Hellboy, if only in occupation. However Baltimore’s story predate Hellboy, or the creation of the BPRD. The sort of brilliant thing about the Baltimore comics, while they may be mini-series there is a degree of interconnection between each story. That’s something you get to look forward to when it comes to Mignola’s comics.

The art work by Peter Bergting is decent, even if it may not be colorful as some other comics. That works for these well though, as they work well to contribute to the horror inspired atmosphere. Even if that atmosphere is getting increasing dark, as the story descends into even stranger territory.

Story: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden Artist: Peter Bergting
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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