Baltimore: The Infernal Train #1

Baltimore: The Infernal Train #1

Writer: Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola Artist: Ben Stenbeck Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 4, 2013 Cover Price: $3.50 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 1
8.6Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

While Baltimore hides out in Budapest awaiting the arrival of the sadistic Judge Duvic, a strange woman shows up with a bizarre invention she promises will rid the world of vampire plague.

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Sep 4, 2013

    The backdrop of World War I Europe and the masking of the undead as plague proves a masterful stroke of storytelling that makes this book a must read. Yes, the art does seem to have the simple Mignola lines and forms, but it suffices for the purpose of the story. And what a story this is. The secret of the Infernal Train will have readers cheering and fearing for Baltimore and his quest. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Unleash The Fanboy - Daniel Alvarez Sep 4, 2013

    Overall, this new series for Baltimore is off to a fantastic start. It's a really well done vampire story, which we could use more of, right? It doesn't shamelessly use the vampire title for sales, it's a really compelling story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - Sean M. Thompson Sep 4, 2013

    Art by Ben Stenbeck is solid; some fun facial expressions and blood splatters. Typical looking vampires, save for the use of color on them. But hey, they're still some great looking vampires. This is one of those comics you read, and it makes you just want to go be a badass monster hunter. Although not one with a wooden leg; I imagine that would be a pain in the ass. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Zack Davisson Sep 9, 2013

    I wouldn't want to live in Baltimore's world, but I sure as hell love to read about it. I can't wait to see where The Infernal Train takes me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 9, 2013

    If capes and cowls are not for you and you are tired of the vampire thing, this is a must read because it's brought so much more to the table than you could imagine. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Fangoria - Svetlana Fedotov Sep 4, 2013

    BALTIMORE is also written by Christopher Golden, Mignola's long time writing companion on the series. Golden adds his unique macabre touch to the tale and is generally credited by Mignola as the head creator of the series. With their combined efforts, the story reads smooth and naturally, with nods to old occult lore and timeless, wandering heroes. Artist Ben Stenbeck is no stranger when it comes to illustrating horror and is credited with several appearances in other Mignola works such as BPRD and WITCHFINDER. His style capitalizes on Mignola's own artwork, with dark shadows and perpetual twilight settings, but also stands on its own with thinner ink work and less artistic license on human anatomy. With this unbeatable team, BALTIMORE: THE INFERNAL TRAIN continues on steadily through the underbelly of Dark Horse Comics, but is certainly not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Front Towards Gamer - FTG Contributor Sep 3, 2013

    If I was to raise one complaint it's that the book could stand to be more new-reader friendly, if you're jumping onto this with no grounding at all you won't be completely lost as Baltimore's narration will often help fill you in on the broad strokes but you are missing some of the deeper flavor and meaning behind certain lines but that's a minor nit-pick. Overall Lord Baltimore: The Infernal Engine is powering up to be a great installment in the characters mythos of stories, building the world, introducing new threats, closing off longer storylines and just generally drawing you in with a mix of solid characters, original ideas, and great artwork and pacing, highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Mark Tweedale Sep 4, 2013

    Much of this issue is spent establishing time and place, and putting all the pieces on the board for what's to follow. The focus is clearly on building tension. Sure there's some vampire fights in there, but they play out differently from usual. What Baltimore discovers about the Infernal Train in the final pages should make for an exciting second issue. I can't wait to see where Mignola and company are going with this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Sep 4, 2013

    One of the great things that make Baltimore so accessible to new readers is the nature of its releases. Although previous arcs will certainly help readers better understand the overall plot and the history of its development, each new one-shot or mini-series serves as excellent stand-alone reading. The Infernal Train is no exception to this, despite the exciting tie-ins to earlier stories. The writing, the pace of the story, the overall tone, and the artwork are all terrific, as we have come to expect from the Mignola crew over at Dark Horse. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Sep 9, 2013

    For a comic dubbed The Infernal Train, it has yet to be very hellish, but I'm looking forward to where this story is going. The majority of this issue was set-up, but the mounting fear and tension leave the distinct feeling that there are big things on the horizon. Check out this issue, but be sure to do the prior reading to get the full experience. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Culture Mass - Joshua Eubanks Oct 16, 2013

    Mike Mignola continues to get the job done, a solid series despite some occasionally inconsistent artwork. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Florida Geek Scene - ThemightyDarmick Sep 4, 2013

    The short and skinny is that this is a well written, well paced issue, and the art offers a great setting, but lacks some when you get to the more intimate parts of the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GreyMouser Sep 5, 2013

    . . $3.50, 22pgs +4pg Prv. Solid A Cover. Only 1 AD page! . . . This promises to be an awesome mini series as Baltimore seeks out Jerk Duvic and finds the mysterious furnace again, in Budapest. The plot and action move quickly and we are more informed about the woman, her henchmen and the secret on the train. After seeing the judge torture children, I look forward to seeing if the he wets his pants confronted with real monsters! HA! The art and colors are gorgeous as always with Stenbeck and Stewart. The whole Baltimore crew again coalesces to bring us an incredible ride.

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