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Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire by Mike Mignola
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Mar 15, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 21st-century-literature
Read in March, 2012

I'm typically not impressed when comic book writers try their hand at telling a story in prose form, but Mike Mignola (with the help of Golden) does a pretty good job at making the transition here. It's easy to tell in the first 50 pages or so that this tale could have been easily told in graphic novel form, it really reads as such and I would have almost preferred it be written for that medium. But as the story unfolds and progresses, the intensity heightens and the book becomes very compelling. As you read it, if you are familiar with Mignola's art and storytelling history, it is impossible not to have visions of his macabre style floating in your head as you read (which is a good thing).

The story is tight, fast-paced, and very visual if that makes sense. It's a nice introduction to Mignola for those who aren't familiar with his work (Hellboy being his greatest creation) or a subtle change of pace for readers already impressed with his previous works.

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