Review: Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #4

As Hemlock and his two demon Spawn Babies terrorize Los Angeles turning it to a living hell, Cal and the crew finally catch up with Hemlock, Cal tells the others to save the humans and non-humans that need to be protected from Hemlock, Meanwhile Hemlock is enjoying the world being turned upside down and he states that he can feel the three of them getting strong, but to his surprise the two demon babies don’t consider him the Third, they go on to him that he has only proved that he is fool and that he must kill the true third child and that happens to be Cal McDonald.

When Cal and Hemlock square off Cal easily handles him, Hemlock is no match for his strength and power and is taken down by Cal, on his knees and defeated Hemlock is prepared to die by Cal’s hands but Cal reverts to his old wise cracking self and informs Hemlock that he won’t be the one who will finish him instead he has a friend who wants that opportunity, and that friend turns out to be Wheatley who then walks up and shoots Hemlock in the hand finally ending and avenging Doris’s death.

With Hemlock out of the way the demon babies ask Cal to join them and help them turn the world into hell, Cal boldly states that he has no intensions to join them and in fact is going to take them out, the babies then fuse together by one eating the other and they turn into a colossuses size demon, Cal is out matched against the giant Demon, during their fight Cal gets his wings ripped off and looks as if he’s done for but through a burst of anger pops back and sprouts new wings and gets back into the fight, moments later Cal lands one final punch which causes him to blackout.

After his blackout Cal wakes up with Mo’Lock, Wheatley, Cal asks if the demon is dead and they reassure him that it is, he also seems surprised and happy to see that he is no longer a Ghoul. The issue ends with the group saying there good byes and Cal going to a bar for drinks and begins to reminisce on his experience as a ghoul, in the last to panels we see that Cal still has his wings and red eyes.

I’ve always been a fan of Steve Niles work on Criminal Macabre, he balances the comedic, horror and action wonderfully without killing the main story something not all writers can pull off.

Conclusion: CRIMINAL MACABRE: THE THIRD CHILD #4 is a solid final issue, there are some parts that seemed unfulfilling besides that The Third Child as a whole was great arc and a must pick up for fans.

Links: Preview | Buy
Release Date: December 17, 2014

Review – Criminal Macabre: Final Night 1 of 4

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

Cal McDonald in his usual cantankerous way has a feeling that something bad is about to go down, he just doesn’t know what and he is isn’t sure if he cares. As he drowns his sorrows, a cop, Alice Blood, approaches him and asks for his help. Cal, always eager to help, get more details. Barrow, Alaska (home of 30 Days of Night) has been attacked and Alice wants Cal on the case. There has been more than the usual number of attacks (massacres) and Alice believes they stem from one vampire in particular. Meanwhile, Mo’lock and the other ghouls are facing a threat of their own and are on a mission to find the perpetrator. They soon learn that the ghoul attack is very connected to Cal’s new case and something needs to be done…quickly.

Criminal Macabre: Final Night is the first issue in a four-part series crossing over Steve Niles’ other masterpiece, 30 Days of Night. This issue sets up the story nicely and ends with all hell breaking loose. Cal is such an awesome character and for all intents and purposes should be completely unlikable but Niles manages to make him and his toxic personality a great anti-hero that you really root for! Christopher Mitten’s art is amazing. It’s dark and unique and really brings the story to life. Criminal Macabre has so many great elements that it becomes difficult to single any one thing out. I am ridiculously excited about this crossover and can’t wait for the next issue!

Release Date: December 12th, 2012

Links: Preview | Order (Digital) | Order (Print)

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

Dark Horse Comics SDCC 2012 Signing Schedule!

Dark Horse Comics has released their SDCC signing schedule and it’s pretty awesome with a lot of goodness lined up!

DARK HORSE SIGNINGS – BOOTH #2615

 

Wednesday, July 11 

5:30 p.m.—Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider

6:30 p.m.—Orchid Q&A and Signing with Tom Morello and Scott Hepburn *Ticketed by drawing

8:00 p.m.—Mass Effect Signing with John Jackson Miller

 

 

Thursday, July 12 

11:00 a.m.—Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

1:00 p.m. —Angel & Faith Signing with Christos Gage

2:00 p.m.—Fatima Signing with Gilbert Hernandez

3:00 p.m.—Creator-Owned Signing with Eric Powell (The Goon), Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle), Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander (Concrete Park), and Sanford Greene (Rotten Apple)

 4:00 p.m.—Tarzan 100th Anniversary Event with Thomas Yeates, Ron Ely, Joe Jusko, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. President and Archivist

5:00-7:00 p.m.—Whedonverse Meet-up and Costume Contest with Shawna Trpcic, main costume designer on Joss Whedon’s FireflyAngelDoctor Horrible’s Sing-Along BlogDollhouse, and Cabin in the Woods.

 

Friday, July 13 

10:00 a.m.—Usagi Yojimbo Signing with Stan Sakai

See a preview of the upcoming Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin game for smartphones, tablets, and desktops.

11:00 a.m.—Star Wars Signing with Mike Richardson (Crimson Empire), Dave Dorman (Crimson Empire, Darth Maul), Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley (Dark Times), Dave Wilkins (Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison), Dan Parsons (Dawn of the Jedi), John Jackson Miller (Knight Errant), Michael Atiyeh (colorist), Michael Heisler (letterer) and Tom Taylor (Darth Maul)

12:00 pm.—Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher  (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, Wade Schin, and Arsenio Navarro

12:00 p.m.—Axe Cop Signing with Ethan Nicolle

1:00 p.m.—HellboyB.P.R.D., and Baltimore Signing with Mike Mignola, Cameron Stewart, and Tyler Crook

1:00 p.m.—Age of Reptiles Signing with Ricardo Delgado  

2:00 p.m.—Berserk Signing with Eiko Tanaka (Studio 4C CEO)

2:30 p.m. – Green River Killer Signing with Jeff Jensen

3:00 p.m.– Domo Signing with Domo creator Tsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing

3:00 p.m. – Dragon Age Signing with David Gaider

4:00 p.m. – Empowered Signing with Adam Warren

4:00 p.m. – De:Tales Signing with Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon

5:00 p.m.—Creepy and Eerie Signing with Dan Braun, Angelo Torres, and Christopher A. Taylor

5:00 p.m.—Dark Horse Horror Signing with Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), Eric Powell (The Goon), and Paul Tobin (Colder)

6:00 p.m. – TNT’s Falling Skies Signing with series stars Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, executive producer Remi Aubuchon and more! *Ticketed by drawing

 

 

Saturday, July 14 

10:00 a.m.—Darksiders Signing with David Slagle and Roger Robinson

10:00 a.m.—Aliens Colonial Marines Signing with Josh Williams

11:00 a.m.—Domo Signing with Domo creator Tsuneo Goda *Ticketed by drawing

12:00 p.m.—Joss Whedon Signing *Ticketed by drawing

1:00 p.m.—Whedonverse Signing with Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Christos Gage, Jane Espenson, and Drew Greenberg

2:00 p.m – Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra Signing with Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, Joaquim Dos Santos, Ki Hyun Ryu, and Gurihiru Studios artists Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano *Ticketed by drawing

3:00 p.m. – Valve Signing with Bill Fletcher  (“Cave Johnson”), Laura Dubuk (“Caroline”), Andrew Wilson, and Wade Schin

3:00 p.m.—Concrete Park Signing with Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander

4:00 p.m.—Dark Matter Signing with Joseph Mallozzi

4:00 p.m.—Exile to Babylon Signing with Domagoj Mazuran, Matt Savelloni, and Helen Darras

5:00 p.m. – Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

6:00 p.m.—The Goon Signing with creator Eric Powell

 

Sunday, July 15 

10:00 a.m.—Beanworld Signing with Larry Marder

11:00 a.m.—Mass Effect Signing with Sylvia Feketekuty, Chris Helper, and John Jackson Miller

12:00 p.m.—The Guild Signing with Felicia Day *Ticketed by drawing

1:00 p.m.—The Strain Signing with Guillermo del Toro *Ticketed by drawing

2:00 p.m.—Emily the Strange Signing with Rob Reger and Jessica Gruner

3:00 p.m.—Doug Sneyd Signing

 

*Events are subject to change.  Some restrictions apply. 

 

Review – Dark Horse Presents #10

Cover Art: Fiona Staples
Variant Cover Art: Thomas Yeates
Back Cover: Geof Darrow
Publisher & Editor: Mike Richardson
Published By: Dark Horse

Dark Horse Presents #10 is chalk full of goodies, so let’s get right to it!

  • The Massive: The Barrents Sea- Modern Day by Brian Wood and art by Kristian Donaldson This is very short. Honestly, it was way too short to get into it or understand exactly where the story was going. It was over before it began.
  • UXB by Colin Lorimer. A futuristic story that instantly brings the funny. Even though it’s super short, the amazing art and witty dialog is an instant draw. This preview definitely drew me in and had me wanting more.
  • Finder: Third World Chapter 8 by Carla Speed McNeil.
  • Criminal Macabre: They Fight By Night Part 1 by Steve Niles and art by Christopher Mitten. This was the one I was most excited for and it did not disappoint. This gives us a new peek at the new arc! An assassination has occurred and Cal is not too happy about it. Even in this short preview, Cal’s coolness shines through.
  • House of Fun Featuring Milk and Cheese and The Murder Family by Evan Dorkin. We find the odd pair Milk and Cheese ordering x-ray spectacles in this issue which provokes them into going on a rampage, drunk with the idea of their new “superpower.” The Murder Family is the story of a ghoulish family consisting of two parents, two sons, their daughter and a wacky uncle. Presented in a sitcom setting complete with commercials and laugh tracks, we see the daily life of this weird and dysfunctional family. Their name suits them well!
  • The Once and Future Tarzan Chapter 3 by Thomas Yeates and Alan Gordon.
  • Amala’s Blade: Skull and Crossbows Part 2 by Steve Horton and art by Michael Dialynas.
  • Dead Reliable by Andrew Vachss and art by Geof Darrow. This was another stand-out piece. It was an extremely sad, touching story that really packs a shocking punch at the end. I loved it!
  • Skultar Chapter 4: The Trainable by M.J. Butler and art by Mark Wheatley.
  • The Many Murders of Miss Cranbourne Chapter 3 by Rich Johnston and art by Simon Rohrmüller.

There are some real standouts in this issue, not all of them were my favorite, but I was able to discover some things I had never heard of and really enjoyed reading this book. A solid buy, especially for the price!

Release Date: March 21st, 2012
Links: Buy now | Buy Digital ($ 7.99) | Preview

Overall:★★★½☆