Saturday, June 4, 2011

Review of Baltimore: The Plague Ships by Mike Mignola

Baltimore: The Plague Ships (Baltimore, #1)Baltimore: The Plague Ships by Mike Mignola
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mike Mignola, author of the Hellboy series brings us the first installment in a series of graphic novels about a plague spreading through port towns everywhere. This plague turns people into zombies/vampires (I'm not sure where that combo comes from, but there you have it.) The plague is so powerful, it brings World War I to an abrupt end, and Lord Baltimore leaves the traditional battlefield to defend survivors against the hybrid undead.

Once you get past the whole premise being kind of silly, Baltimore is a lot of fun; full of plenty of good zombie violence, gore, and (my favorite) the fungus zombie! There's also some pure gross fungus in a few parts, but it's much more fun when it's growing on zombies. Also, Dark Horse has tons of fun interactive features related to this series on their website, and this hardcover edition includes a sketchbook with variations on Baltimore's wooden leg, practice sketches that led up to the perfect sinister jelly fish, and extra fungus zombies because, you know, you just can't have too many of those.

Shamble on, my friends!

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