Review – Criminal Macabre: No Peace For Dead Men One-Shot

Criminal Macabre: No Peace For Dead Men One-Shot

Story: Steve Niles
Art: Christopher Mitten
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Fiona Staples
Back Cover: Christopher Mitten
Published By: Dark Horse

I must admit that I had never read any of the Criminal Macabre comics before so I had no idea of what to expect.  I read the description, thought it sounded interesting, so I gave it a go.  I’m glad I did! This issue provides enough back story that even a new reader to the series can jump right in and enjoy it.  I can’t speak on whether it stays true to the past story or characters but I can tell you that even if it doesn’t, it doesn’t matter, Cal McDonald is pretty awesome.

Cal is tortured and cantankerous, like every anti-hero should be.  Hating his life but knowing he has a greater purpose, he has to bite the bullet and do what he has to do.  He’s a loner, he’s tired, his car’s possessed but none of this matters, his destiny is greater than all of this.  The group of bad guys has conspired and come up with a plan that would make the average man fold, not Cal, he’s just going to get angry…and even.  The twist at the end is most definitely going to add some interesting and different kinds of story lines, provided it gets incorporated into the existing series.

The Criminal Macabre is fast-moving, action packed and the dialog is snappy.  The Christopher Mitten’s art is superb, I found myself going back just to look at.  I’m very happy that I came across this comic, I will definitely be adding it to the titles that I regularly read.  I would recommend everyone get this, read it and get ready for a helluva ride!

Release Date: September 14, 2011

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Criminal Macabre & The Goon: When Freaks Collide One-Shot

Criminal Macabre & The Goon: When Freaks Collide One-Shot
Story: Steve Niles
Farts and Negativity: Eric Powell
Art: Christopher Mitten
Colors: Michelle Madsen
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Fiona Staples
Variant Cover: Eric Powell
Published By: Dark Horse

I cannot express the excitement I had when I saw that Criminal Macabre and The Goon worlds were colliding.  I’m new to Criminal Macabre and Cal McDonald but I have read The Goon for a very long time.  The prospect of Cal and Goon coming together got me so far beyond excited, however, I had to contain myself.  What if they didn’t mesh, what if my expectations were too high?  So I went into reading this with no preconceived ideas and let the comic sway me whichever way it was going to.

What happens when you put together two very sarcastic, violent anti-heroes?  You get a really kick ass comic, that’s what you get!  The Goon and Cal (and Mo and Franky) come together under false pretenses and have to find a way out of their predicament. How would these two do this? Sit down and have a reasonable conversation with the bad guys?  Perhaps they would run away? No, they will do what they do so well, fight, and fight they do, side by side.

The dialog is light, but there are some extremely funny interactions that make us privy to Goon’s T.V. preferences (who would have known)!  The art is fantastic. Christopher Mitten is excellent in capturing the essence of both Criminal Macabre and The Goon.  There is a really unexpected and cool surprise at the end and it seems that there is a potential for more to come.  Hopefully, there are more of these collaborations in our future because it was really entertaining and these two would make great partners.  I highly recommend this comic and can’t wait for more (hopefully!!).

Release Date: July 20, 2011

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Farts & Negativity:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Conan: Road Of Kings #8

Conan: Road Of Kings #8

  • Writer: Roy Thomas
  • Penciller: Mike Hawthorne
  • Inker: John Lucas
  • Colorist: Dan Jackson
  • Cover Artist: Aleksi Briclot

After killing Arpello’s second-in-command for betraying him and the plotters, Conan and newly companion Albiona must make their way through underground catacombs beneath Aquilonia’s capital.

Conan & Albiona are waiting for things to settle down before they make way to the trapdoor where Lady Thelitis and the plotters escape through. In hopes of finding them, Conan tells Albiona to wait until he returns once he’s found the door, defying Conan’s orders though, she accompanies him to the door. With a little help he quickly disposes of the two guards standing in front of the entrance, near the trap door. Once Inside, Albiona recalls a time when her mother told her about the tombs and how escape slaves of Acheron hid there to pray. Walking deeper and deeper in underground they find material remains of those who have also travel through the dark catacombs, they are suddenly attacked by giant insect like creatures. Conan springs into action and  furiously fights to save Albiona and himself, as they run to what looks like the exit of the tomb they run into lady Thelitis and the plotters who are also fighting their way through the creatures. Together, they easily fend off the rest of  the giant size insects but they soon realize the creature’s (Sarcophag’s) are not the only things that are dangerous………

Here’s what i think of Conan: Road Of Kings #8…Not much is going on in this issue, just continuing the current story. Hopefully the next issue will be better

Release Date: September 21, 2011