Systematically killing all the allies of his nemesis, Baltimore seems to be on the cusp of his final confrontation, “Baltimore: Chapel of Bones” has been a long time coming and with the taste of revenge on his lips, Baltimore will stop at nothing to finally rid the world of ancient undead evil. Mignola and Chris Golden have been building up this series over the last year, with the artistic aid of Ben Stenbeck and Dave Stewart,and all is coming to fruition.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
ART BY: Ben Stenbeck
PUBLISER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: January 1, 2014
The first half of the issue is rather slow as three former compatriots of Baltimore discuss the man over drink in a seedy tavern. While sluggish, it is interesting, but alternatively the panels that follow the protagonist on his journey to meet the men gives the book a boost in pacing. The second half of this issue is anything but slow as the forces of darkness inevitably confront the 3 men in an epic battle setting up for the concluding issue of the two-parter.
Throughout the “Baltimore” series, the arcs have always been cleverly named, this book in particular seems random until the story really opens twisting the plot ontop of its head. I guess it was silly to think that this book would be any different as the story picks up in intensity when the Chapel of Bones is revealed. As is customary with most Mignola work, this book ends with quite the cliff hanger gearing up the next issue to be potentially one of the most impactful to date.
Ben Stenbeck and Dave Stewart do an amazing job with the art, though this book lacks oomph at the onset, the artistic tandems skills are put to the test in the latter portion of the issue. As always Stewart showcases his skills in some key panels that are filled with vibrant hues of red, yellow, and orange.
Though the pace is deliberate, fans of the series will dig the reveal of the Chapel of Bones. 2014 is shaping up to be an intense year for Baltimore.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd