I love monster stories. Classic ones like Dracula and Frankenstein are particular favorites. There’s something truly enjoyable about monsters in late 19th or early 20th century settings, where fear of change and modernism is equal to fear of monsters because they all involve the unknown. Baltimore: The Witch of Harju is that type of tale.
A woman is running from something in the dark. Something that killed her entire village. Lucky for her she runs into Lord Baltimore and his group. The creature, it seems, was her husband. A savage man in life, after an illness he became even more monstrous in death. This is more than just a zombie problem. There appears to be a sinister force at work. A force with a plan.
I had fun reading Baltimore: The Witch of Harju. The characters have a classic feel and I like that it’s not just a zombie story. There’s a real big bad at work and Lord Baltimore will have to figure out who it is and how to defeat them. That’s has more story potential than most of the survival stories that horror comics often are these days. Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden keep the story on track and at a nice clip. The art by Peter Bergting, is very atmospheric. It gives the book the creepy feeling it needs to compliment the story.
I’m giving Baltimore: The Witch of Harju four out of five stars. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the miniseries.
Baltimore: The Witch of Harju
Writer: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden
Artist: Peter Bergting
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Ben Stenbeck
Genre: Action/Adventure, Horror
Publication Date: July 30, 2014
Format: FC, 32 pages; Miniseries
UPC: 7 61568 24594 3 00111