Baltimore: The Witch of Harju #1

Writer: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden Artist: Peter Bergting Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 30, 2014 Cover Price: $3.5 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 2
7.3Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Baltimore shelters a woman on the run from a possessed dead man and the witch playing his puppet master.

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Aug 4, 2014

    While the reappearance of Baltimore's arch nemesis Haigus is always something to anticipate, I think The Witch of Harju will give everyone involved more trouble than they can handle and then some. That sucks for someone living in 1920's Estonia but cool for comic book fanboys everywhere. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Jul 30, 2014

    The added detail of the setting makes this series outstanding, while this new chapter promises a hell of a fight for Baltimore and his crew. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Mark Tweedale Jul 30, 2014

    If you're new to the series, check this out. In many ways this seems like a re-introduction to the Baltimore's universe. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Fangoria - Svetlana Fedotov Jul 30, 2014

    Together, Mignola and Golden create a beautiful landscape of dark lore, ancient blood and unquenchable vengeance that's managed to make the long-running series comparable with Mignola's big-fisted counterpart. "Witch of Harju" rolls smoothly along with the previous story arc and blends seamlessly into the over-all world, as Peter Bergting's inks help realize the vision with fantastic horror-tinged artwork. The creeping scenery is covered with dark shadows and lurking terrors, and the entire artistic lineup renders this series a step up from the current trend of smash-and-dash virus horror. It's more satisfied to scare you in the alleyways than destroy the world, and is all the better for it. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Tres Dean Jul 31, 2014

    While the first issue doesn't bring the scares quite like one might prefer, it's still a solid debut for Mignola and company this week. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Aug 2, 2014

    If youre looking for another Mignola book, this one will fit the bill, rising to the usual high standard of quality. If youre intrigued about horror in the early 20th century, this issue promises to deliver on that premise. That said, there is something lacking from this book to make it an absolute must read, which may be resolved as the story continues on to the next issue and the stakes are increased. Still, there is plenty here worth reading and the tight plotting should mean many more twists and turns to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Jul 31, 2014

    Series regular, Ben Stenbeck, is not on art duties this time around. Instead, Peter Bergting takes the helm. Dave Stewart definitely helps keeps the tone of Baltimore, but Bergting's art is still different. The issue feels a bit lighter from Bergting's cartooning. That in conjunction with a slightly simpler opening issue makes this return of Baltimore a little underwhelming. That being said, the first chapter has no problems and is still enjoyable. Hopefully the second issue dives a bit more into the mysteries of this new curse and amps up the suspense. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    We The Nerdy - Roshan Krishnan Jul 30, 2014

    Similar stories render the plot devices in this issue so hackneyed, that it seemed almost humorous at one point. The food turning into dung in a characters mouth made me wonder whether this was a lazy effort or a witty comment(although all evidence points to the former). Read Full Review

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