A spine-chilling read, “Baltimore: The Wolf and the Apostle” #1 will keep readers riveted with its nail-biting suspense. This is an insane werewolf story that’s also bloody as hell. If you haven’t read the “Baltimore” series (that’s a shame) before, then this is the perfect place to start.
WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden
ART BY: Ben Stenbeck
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: October 29, 2014
Reviewed By Jorge Solis
Lord Baltimore, a supernatural hunter, listens carefully to the wounded man lying in his bed. His face has been scratched as if some creature took a bite at his face. The religious man has a frightening story to tell the merciless hunter. Unable to forget, he tells a horrifying tale about a werewolf hunt gone horribly wrong. This monster is unlike anything Baltimore has fought before, as if the hairy beast came from Hell itself.
Writers Mike Mignola and co-writer Christopher Golden bring readers a terrifying read that builds at a slow pace. It’s impressive how the storytellers are able to bring in the scares without revealing the werewolf itself. Mignola and Golden are able to heighten the eerie atmosphere just through the carnage and body count.
The writers develop the emotional arc between Father Rigo and Lord Baltimore. They have an intense battle of wits over spirituality in the opening pages. One man is clinging to the last remains of his faith, while the other doesn’t have any. Their argument comes from a hollow and empty spot in their cynical hearts.
Artist Ben Stenbeck captures a dark and violent period piece that thrives on shadows. Every panel is illustrated in low light, as if to symbolize there is no sunlight. Kept in a single location, notice how Lord Baltimore and Father Rigo are lit by the moon’s surface.
The werewolf’s attacks are drawn in detailed close-ups, which surprisingly get more grotesque and gorier. The decapitations are quite shocking, because they take place in religious surroundings. The killings aren’t meant to be offensive, but to send a message, which I hope is revealed in later installments.
“Baltimore: The Wolf and the Apostle” #1 is an incredibly gripping read that will hook readers right away. I look forward to upcoming installments.