Baltimore: The Infernal Train #1




Release date

September 4, 2013
This is the first in a three-issue miniseries, yet still manages to pack a lot into the pages. Lord Baltimore must contend with both finding (and presumably dispatching Haigus) and the burgeoning issue in Lucrezia. Vampires may not be the bigger concern when framed within the theater of war that permeates the world. Lord Baltimore is more than capable of handling both issues, but it remains to be seen what's left after everything is said and done. Still, these should be a fun three issues.
4.5 out of 5 stars
Ben Stenbeck and Dave Stewart are an art team perfectly in synch. I’ve spent time in Budapest, so it was great to see how perfectly Stenbeck captured the city, with the wide river that flows through separating Buda from Pest. Stenbeck captures the period and feel of Place perfectly, and he is equally fluent with figures and facial expressions. Some of Stenbeck’s choices surprise me—he stays heavy on realism but then has a guard pull a Billy Batson face out of nowhere. That was cool. And of course the King of Colors Dave Stewart paints the world of Baltimore in all the dark tones and muted palate that a land like this deserves. The sun rarely shines in Baltimore, and the only light comes from the fires of the corpse-burning furnace and the blood-red glow of the vampires’ eyes.
4 out of 5 stars
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.
8 out of 10
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.
8 out of 10
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.
5 out of 5 stars
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.
8.5 out of 10
Stenbeck’s art is excellent. The dark moody lines were well-complemented by Stewart’s eerie colors, giving life to Mignola and Golden’s writing. The creative team works well together.
9 out of 10
It’s worth a buy. Definitely if you like Mignola, or the time of the plague, or vampiyahs. Solid first issue. The pacing is great, the vampires are green and vicious, and Baltimore kicks serious ass, as per usual. A solid start to an engaging period piece, juxtaposing the plague with vampires.