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‘Baltimore Omnibus: Volume One’ – Trade Paperback Review

This is a 570-page omnibus capturing the adventures of Lord Henry Baltimore, a World War I soldier fighting his way across the broken landscape of a worn-torn, disease-infested, and zombie-infected Europe.

It is sort of a steampunk, meets vampire hunter, meets World War I, meets horror story, all in one book. It is a very rich, very encompassing read. For starters, the storyteller is Mike Mignola, and if you are a fan, then this is a must read. This is probably one of his deepest dives into creating a very specific and detailed universe with incredible settings and brilliant characters (both villains and heroes alike) with greatly engaging backstories. I really don’t know how he can create such depth in his content so consistently. The story and art both have brilliant fidelity in the detail and nuance of each character, backdrop, and setting.

Ben Stenbeck illustrates the collection and is also incredible. I think you can see some Mignola influences or at least guidance in his character designs, as well as his backgrounds and settings. It’s really engaging content with great depth. He took zero short cuts in bringing the plague-infested, apocalyptic 1920s Europe to life. It takes a special talent to create truly moody and creepy scenes on the two-dimensional page, and with Mignola’s guidance and Ben Stenbeck’s execution, this book truly takes you into another world that is as captivating as it is terrifying.

The collection contains one longer story and seven shorter stories, as well as a 60+-page sketchbook which is a treasure on its own. It’s a must-read for the genre and a must-must-read for fans of Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck.

Five out of five stars

Creative Team: Mike Mignola (writer / cover artist), Christopher Golden (writer), Ben Stenbeck (artist), Clem Robins (letterer), Dave Stewart (colorist / cover artist)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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