Comical Book Stories

I’ve gotten the luck of checking out a couple of comics in the last few days that are worth talking about at some (minor) length. First off, thanks to the good folks at Dark Horse, I was fortunate enough to get a free, unbound, black-and-white preview copy of the first issue of the new Baltimore series by Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, and Ben Stenbeck. Ben Stenbeck remains one of my favorite of the non-Mignola artists working in the Hellboy/B.P.R.D. gestalt, and the story itself is intriguing. Plus there’s a vampire zeppelin corps! It was a series that I was already pretty excited about, and the preview issue was just icing on the cake.

Then, my copy of the Beasts of Burden hardcover collection came last night. I haven’t gotten a chance to read the whole thing yet, but it’s absolutely gorgeous, and what I have read is amazing. Beasts of Burden is basically my favorite current non-Hellboy comic, and this collection is the perfect place to pick up everything that’s been published in the series so far. Plus frog monsters! Grave-dirt golems! Where can you possibly go wrong here?

(Seriously, best frog monster ever. I am so going to steal it and work it into a story someday. I’d steal grave-dirt golems, too, but I already beat Dorkin to the punch on that one.)

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