The Outerverse is a terminology used for supernatural and horror expanded universe published by Dark Horse Comics. It is mostly written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden.
Christopher Golden co-created the famous series Baltimore in 2007 and The Outerverse is based on Baltimore.
Baltimore is a story of a British officer Lord Baltimore during World War I, he was left for dead on a battlefield in the Ardennes Forest. When he awakes, he sees the most unexpected scene: giant bat-like creatures are feeding on his dead men.
When Lord Baltimore is attacked, he fights back and wound the vampire who tried to feed on him. Baltimore himself was changed due to the fight and an alternate universe was created. In this universe, Vampires emerged from their sleep and decimated the human population.
The Outerverse Reading Order
Baltimore Vol. 1: The Plague Ships
Collects The Plague Ships
Baltimore Vol. 2: The Curse Bells
Collects The Curse Bells
Baltimore Vol. 3: A Passing Stranger and Other Stories
Collects The Widow and the Tank, A Passing Stranger, The Play, Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy, and The Inquisitor.
Baltimore Vol. 4: Chapel of Bones
Collects The Infernal Train, and Chapel of Bones.
Baltimore Vol. 5: The Apostle and the Witch of Harju
Collects The Witch of Harju, and The Wolf and the Apostle.
Baltimore Vol. 6: The Cult of the Red King
Collects The Cult of the Red King
Baltimore Vol. 7: Empty Graves
Collects Empty Graves
Baltimore Vol. 8: The Red Kingdom
Collects The Red Kingdom
Joe Golem, an occult detective in New York City during the 1960s and ’70s, as he uncovers the truth behind strange happenings that threaten the city’s inhabitants. However, one of the biggest mysteries for him was his own origins.
According to Christopher Golden, the Outerverse was born when he and Mignola connected the events of Baltimore with the ones leading to the drowning of Manhattan. Here is the reading order of Joe Golem.
- Joe Golem and the Copper Girl (prose short story)
- Joe Golem and the Drowning City (prose novel)
- Joe Golem: Occult Detective (comic series)
• Joe Golem: Occult Detective – Volume 1: The Rat Catcher and the Sunken Dead
• Joe Golem: Occult Detective – Volume 2: The Outer Dark
• Joe Golem: Occult Detective – Volume 3: The Drowning City
• Joe Golem: Occult Detective – Volume 4: The Conjurors
The story takes place between Baltimore and Joe Golem.
- Lady Baltimore – Volume 1: The Witch Queens (comic)
Tales from the Outerverse
(These are all short stories.)
- Cojacaru the Skinner #1–2
- Imogen of the Wyrding Way
- The Golem Walks Among Us! #1–2