"A Lack Of Faith Both In Your Story And In Your Audience" – Christopher Golden Talks Reboots And Baltimore

Christopher Golden writes,

There's something to be said for reboots. When they're done well, they can rejuvenate a story for new generations. But sometimes I wonder if constant rebooting might indicate a lack of faith both in your story and in your audience. One thing I do know for certain is that you don't need to reboot in order to provide a great entry point for new readers. Throughout the history of my work with Mike Mignola on Baltimore —first with Ben Stenbeck and now with Peter Bergting—we've gone to great lengths to try to create a layered story that is building toward a massive climax, but at the same time we take pains to make sure there are plenty of places where a new reader can join us. Baltimore: Empty Graves #1 is one of those perfect places.

As we begin, Lord Baltimore and his allies are gathering to conduct a funeral for their fallen friends. The trouble is that they have three graves, and only one cadaver. As they dig those graves and bury the body of the journalist, Simon Hodge, the surviving members of Baltimore's team share harrowing tales of the horrors that led them to Baltimore's crusade. Soon, Baltimore will force each of them to confront the reality that they will likely not survive if they continue to fight by his side, and each of them must choose whether they will continue on this quest. Not all of them will have that courage.

The story jumps off from there, as Baltimore set off to track the Blood-Red Witch and discover what she has done with the corpse of Thomas Childress, his closest friend. The world is still enduring an upheaval of monsters and magic and the worship of the Red King is spreading like poison. In Constantinople, Baltimore and his allies will not only unravel the startling secrets behind the origin of the Blood-Red Witch, they will encounter many other empty graves, discover a startling prophecy that may be the key to defeating the Red King…and they will have their worst night ever.

Baltimore: Empty Graves #1 is the perfect place to join Lord Baltimore on his crusade. It's only getting darker from here…

Here's a look at a page in process, courtesy of artist Peter Bergting. 

Content in this piece was provided by David Hyde of Superfan Promotions LLC.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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