Review Shooter: Baltimore The Curse Bells 3

Writer: Mike Mignola and Christopher√ā¬†Gordon
Artist: Ben Stenbeck
(Review by Ryan Hancock)√ā¬†

Let me start off by saying, I have√ā¬†never read anything from Dark Horse Comics. However, after reading√ā¬†the latest issue of Baltimore Curse Bells (coming out Wednesday), I√ā¬†may need to add a few to my pull list.

In this five part mini series, we have√ā¬†a tale full of vampires, cults, God and death. It also takes place√ā¬†during the time of Lord Baltimore, and artist Ben Stenbeck portrays√ā¬†the time period perfectly with his art. The whole comic is filled√ā¬†with a grey and black background, which helps to add to the allure of√ā¬†the story. Although most of the pages are incredibly dark, the panels√ā¬†that really explode off the pages are the ones full of blood. The√ā¬†blood is so red that it immediately catches your eye and only adds to√ā¬†the horror.

The dialogue created by writers Mike√ā¬†Mignola and Christopher Gordon is both believable and haunting. There√ā¬†is one scene in particular, near the climax of this issue, that left√ā¬†me with chills. I won’t spoil it, but one of the lines stuck with me.√ā¬†‚ÄúYou have been blooded by the devil’s touch, and you must be√ā¬†purified.‚ÄĚ This encompasses the overall ambiance of the plot, as√ā¬†there are aspects of religion as well as pure horror.

Now, this is the 3rd issue√ā¬†in a 5-issue series, so there were some points where I was confused√ā¬†as to who the characters were and what their motivations were, but it√ā¬†really didn’t ruin the plot for me. I was still able to enjoy every√ā¬†page without any problems. In addition, this issue was so good that√ā¬†it’s convinced me to check out the first two issues of this series as√ā¬†well.

Overall, I really loved this issue and√ā¬†I’ve become enthralled with this world that the writers have created.√ā¬†It’s frightening, dark, historical, but it’s that element of mystique√ā¬†that really attracts me to this comic book. A world of vampiric nuns√ā¬†and an insane occultist may not be your cup of tea, and I didn’t√ā¬†think it was going to be my style either. However, I was completely√ā¬†engaged by the turn of the 5th page. It’s different,√ā¬†there’s nothing like it in your local comic book shop right now. So,√ā¬†if you’re getting tired of the typical superhero comic, give this a√ā¬†try and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

New Reader Accessibility: 3 ‚ÄĒ Being√ā¬†the 3rd issue of the series, there will be something√ā¬†missing in the continuity from previous issues, but you can still√ā¬†enjoy and understand this issue without reading the first issues.

Recommendation: Buy it ‚ÄĒ A really√ā¬†interesting story with many horrifying scenes. Give this issue a try√ā¬†and if you like it, buy the first two issues of the series as well.

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