Review – Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King #2 (Dark Horse)

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Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden
Artist: Peter Bergting
Release Date: 3rd June, 2015

We’ve all had girlfriends in the past who were a little manipulative and friends have tried to steer you clear, right? Well in the world of Baltimore, she might actually be a witch. Following on from last issue, Lord Baltimore and his team are in the Baltic Sea with a rather ominous tone following them. The main meal of the issue though, follows the team in the search for the alter if the Red King and it’s safe to say they get more than they bargained for?

Golden has done it again with the suspense in the issue. Sometimes I find horror comics hard to get sucked into purely because you can literally see what’s coming, but even so I found myself gripped with this one. Fair enough, it falls into the trope of big, bald, handle bar mustached tank swinging a sledge hammer but in a nice fuzzy way that keeps to the books pulpy roots. The way the story is structured, it almost feels like it should be a serialized pulp mystery from the turn of the 20th century, it’s just missing the corny dialog.

Props go to Peter Bergting again this issue and for one panel in particular, which I loved. There are what almost appear to be semi-corporial demons fighting the team and one of them shoves it’s fingers into one of the teams face. It’s just so simple, yet perfectly done that it made my skin crawl.

More questions are posed than answered, but then it’s still early days yet and I think I’ve made it pretty clear I’m sucked in. You should be too.


Rating: 4/5.

If you want to find out more about the series, check out our exclusive interview with co-writer Christopher Golden.

Chris_AvatarThe writer of this piece was: Chris Bennett
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