I decided to review these two together because not only are Steve Niles and Mike Mignola great friends, but they’re also great guys and friends of mine as well. As is Christoper Mitten, albeit to date only via the interweb, and you all know how fond I am of the sheer genius that is Dave Stewart.

 

That said, I will give you my honest review, and granted it might seem biased but that’s just because great creators tend to create great work.

 

There is of course, another reason why I am writing these reviews together and that is quite simply because they both come out tomorrow, and if you like one of them, you’re bound to like the other.

 

 

Baltimore: The Curse Bells #2

Beautiful, haunting and chilling, Mignola, Golden, Stenbeck, and Stewart work together perfectly to launch us all back into a lost world of gothic perfection.

 

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It can never be easy to translate a novel to the comic page, but the entire Baltimore team deliver results so perfectly, they almost seem effortless.

 

The cover itself identifies this perfectly, a jarring masthead of captivating symbolism brought to life through Mignola and Stewart’s skilled teamwork.

Mignola, Stenbeck, and Stewart go on to spin this brilliant tapestry of skill onto every page, taking Mignola’s vision and translating it into a realm of gothic beauty captivated on every page.

I mean look at that owl! I want to pet that owl! I want to go running in those woods, and I want Golden and Mignola’s flawless prose to be my guide across every page.

 

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Overall Assessment: Perfect for anyone with just a touch of goth them, aka, every fan of Dark Horse across the globe.

 

Criminal Macabre: No Peace for Dead Men (one-shot)

Now, dear friends, before you begin reading my Criminal Macabre: No Peace for Dead Men one-shot review, I highly recommend going back and reading this worldwide twitter conversation Dark Horse hosted with Steve last week. Mostly just because it’s hilarious, brilliant, and awesome, but also because it’s highly informative.

 

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Now, if Steve’s own words aren’t quite mind-grabbing enough, let’s start with that title, No Peace For Dead Men.

Personally, as a horror fan I’d pick up anything with that title immediately, and I’m pretty sure that’s the first comic I’ve reviewed on this site I’ve said that about. (Although now that I have given such a compliment several other worthy titles come to mind, but lets move on.)

Steve Niles and Chris Mitten are a hell of a team. Together their world just seems real, and action packed, and that’s something you desperately need in a good horror comic. Yes, so very much, and Steve and Chris nail this delightfully throughout every page.

It’s real, it’s gritty , it’s just plain fun, and as such I of course enjoyed it immensely.

 

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Overall Assessment: It’s a Dark Horse Comics One-Shot, it’s perfect for everybody.N