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Criminal Macabre Returns with Spirit of the Demon

Dark Horse Comics and Steve Niles are teaming up again for more Criminal Macabre! Criminal Macabre: Spirit of the Demon is an all new original Cal McDonald story told as a self-contained hardcover graphic novel illustrated by Szymon Kudranski.      

Supernatural detective Cal McDonald, is ripped again from his self-imposed retirement to resume his monster-killing career after hunting down a serial-killing priest with a blood-draining knife on a trail leading him directly to the gates of Hell!

Criminal Macabre: Spirit of the Demon hardcover will be in comic shops July 6, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Criminal Macabre: Spirit of the Demon will retail for $19.99 and will contain an introduction from horror icon John Carpenter!

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Criminal Macabre: The Complete Cal McDonald Stories is Coming in March 2022

Dark Horse Comics presents the newest edition of Steve Niles’ Criminal Macabre: The Complete Cal McDonald Stories featuring two brand new tales and an introduction by the horror legend John Carpenter. This new, bone chilling collection collects the complete Criminal Macabre prose stories Savage MembraneGuns, Drugs, and MonstersDial M for MonsterAll My Bloody Things, and the two new stories The Dead Son and Out of Water.

The world has two faces. The natural and the supernatural. The face we see every day, people filing past us in an almost zombie-like stupor, numb to the horrors of everyday life or driven to madness by the pain and agony of modern-day existence. And those are the people who aren’t zombies or monsters!

Cal McDonald is a detective with one foot in the real world, and one in the world of magic. For Cal, the horrors we all dream about in the fevered darkness of the night are all-too real, kept at bay through an almost constant influx of drugs to numb the pain, but never erase it. Cut from the same mold as Sam Spade, Jake Gittes, and the famous detectives of Chandler, Hammett and Spillane, Cal McDonald, whether he likes it or not, is all that stands between us and the nightmare world just outside our vision.

Criminal Macabre: The Complete Cal McDonald Stories trade paperback will be available everywhere books are sold March 2, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Criminal Macabre: The Complete Cal McDonald Stories will retail for $19.99.

Criminal Macabre: The Complete Cal McDonald Stories

Steve Niles Returns to Criminal Macabre with The Big Bleed Out

Criminal Macabre is back and bloodier than ever! Series creator Steve Niles, newcomer artist Gyula Németh, and letterer Nate Piekos are teaming up to bring you the next chapter in the Cal McDonald saga: Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out

Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out starts when supernatural detective Cal McDonald, found wandering the streets as a disheveled vagrant, is ripped from his self-imposed retirement to resume his monster-killing career.

But Cal is reluctant to return to the fray. What has the hard-bitten investigator so shaken? It’s a long story that begins with a beautiful woman who happens to be a vampire…and ends with a bang.

Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #1 (of four) goes on sale December 11, 2019.

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Preview: Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #1

Cal’s changed . . . and maybe not for the better. Locked away and drowning himself with booze and aspirin, Cal feels the evil consuming him. Will he be able to withstand its pull or will he become the monster war’s greatest weapon of destruction?

The series is written by Steve Niles and art by Christopher Mitten.

Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #1 is on sale September 17th.

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Steve Niles’ Criminal Macabre Returns with The Third Child

Steve Niles returns to his old haunt with a brand-new four-part miniseries: Criminal Macabre: The Third Child!

The Third Child, which directly follows Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein, will take readers into a dark place in a tale that only Steve Niles could tell, through Christopher Mitten’s fantastic artwork.

Cal’s changed . . . and maybe not for the better. Locked away and drowning himself with booze and aspirin, Cal feels the evil consuming him. Will he be able to withstand its pull or will he become the monster war’s greatest weapon of destruction?

Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #1 is on sale September 17.

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Review: Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein #2

20131106-082613.jpgThose that already miss Halloween need not fret, Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten have preserved the comedic horror of the supernatural in their well drawn, well written four part series Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein. Plagued by two mysteries, L.A.’s shrinking ghoul population and his own respiratory illness, occult detective Cal McDonald is hoping for a small win by finding a new set of eyes for a recently rescued Frankenstein monster. He must begrudgingly visit Jason Hemlock, a wealthy surgeon and self-proclaimed supernatural expert, who might be able to solve both the ocular issue and that of the dying ghouls.

It is remarkable to see how Steve Niles can transition from his emotionally poignant Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem to the dry, bloody humor of Cal’s macabre world. Some comics, at times, can be consumed by jokes and witty dialogue (cough-Quantum and Woody-cough), but Niles expertly balances morbid banter with paranormal plot lines to keep the story moving. Though he has been oft compared to DC’s Constantine, it is fair to say that after more than two decades in print, Cal McDonald has solidified himself as an entirely unique and different character.

Christopher Mitten‘s illustrations, though supremely different from Ben Templesmith‘s work on Criminal, are unique in it of themselves. The scratchy lines and sunken eye sockets add to the moody atmosphere of an unknowing Los Angeles fraught with undead dilemmas. Although Mitten could still afford to add more panels of a cloudy L.A. skyline or seedy side streets to expand the reader’s view of the city.

This four book series is a great starting point for Niles’ long-running noir horror detective series and will leave readers wanting more of the pill-popping, degenerate protagonist. If Eyes of Frankenstein isn’t bloody enough, look no further than the Criminal Macabre/30 Days of Night crossover trade that came out in September. Either way, for those dreading the Thanksgiving gourds and Christmas commercials, the ghoulish haunts of Halloween don’t have to go anywhere.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Christopher Mitten
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

FanExpo Canada 2013: Dark Horse Announces Schedule!

This weekend, Dark Horse Comics is headed to Toronto for the second largest pop culture convention in North America – FanExpo! Stop by Booth #856 to pick up FREE giveaways—lanyards, window clings, buttons, and posters.  You can also buy copies of your favorite comics, books, and products, including an exclusive Fan Expo Canada variant cover of Halo: Initiation (10 per person per day). All giveaways, exclusives, and items for sale are available while supplies last.

Signings at the Dark Horse Booth

Lines may be capped as needed.

Friday, August 23

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY

Vivek J. Tiwary (creator/writer)

*FREE The Fifth Beatle print!

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. ORCHID

Scott Hepburn (artist)

*FREE Orchid comic!

Saturday, August 24

11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. BREATH OF BONES and CRIMINAL MACABRE

Steve Niles (creator/writer) and Justin Erickson (cover artist, Criminal Macabre)

*FREE Breath of Bones poster and Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein print!

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY

Vivek J. Tiwary (creator/writer)

*FREE The Fifth Beatle print!

2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. MIGNOLAVERSE (Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Abe Sapien, Baltimore, Witchfinder, and more!)

Mike Mignola (creator/writer/artist)

*FREE Hellboy poster, Itty Bitty Hellboy window clings, and more!

Special Event

Saturday, August 24

1:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m. BLOODY DISGUSTING PRESENTS: MIKE MIGNOLA

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Since his first introduction in 1994, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy has gone on to achieve a status in comics typically reserved for characters created 40 years before him. Following up on the first arc of Hellboy in Hell (one of his most popular miniseries to date), an all-new Abe Sapien ongoing series, and the continuing adventures of the supporting cast of the B.P.R.D., we offer you a rare opportunity to enter one of the most intriguing minds of the industry today! Join Bloody Disgusting’s James Wright for a live interview with creator Mike Mignola, along with a chance to ask your own questions about your favorite cast of characters.

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SDCC 2012 – Dark Horse To Publish Criminal Macabre/30 Days of Night Crossover

Dark Horse and IDW are teaming up on this once-in-a-lifetime crossover between the critically acclaimed Criminal Macabre and 30 Days of Night! Steve Niles’s greatest characters come together in a final showdown, with a thrilling script by Steve Niles and artwork by Christopher Mitten.

Cal McDonald only wanted a beer, but what he got was a jaded federal agent and a story about vampires up in Barrow, Alaska. There’s a new vamp in LA, and he’s hell bent on escalating his attacks. When Mo’Lock’s sometimes ghoul-friend is murdered, Cal’s on the hunt . . . for Eben—the longtime protagonist/antagonist of 30 Days of Night.

Criminal Macabre: Final Night—The 30 Days of Night Crossover #1 (of 4) is on sale December 12, 2012!

SDCC 2011: Dark Horse Comics Giveaways!

Official Press Release

SDCC 2011: DARK HORSE COMICS SWAG!

STOP BY BOOTH #2615 FOR A WHOLE TON OF AWESOME!

July 14, MILWAUKIE, OR—Oh yes, it’s Comic-Con season, and that means it’s time for . . .

Stuff We Always Get!

AKA: SWAG

When you make your way to the Dark Horse Comics booth at San Diego Comic-Con, expect nothing but the best in treatment and appreciation from the comic publisher with the most!

You’ll find . . .

—Buffy, The Goon, and Mass Effect trifolds complete with paper dolls

Conan, Domo, Buffy, Angel & Faith, The Guild, Clamp, The Goon, Star Wars, B.P.R.D., and Criminal Macabre buttons

—A Drifters/Gate 7 flip poster

—The ever-popular Hellboy mask

—A picture of yourself in your favorite comic(s) at our Deluxe Green Screen wall

Falling Skies pins at the Falling Skies Green Screen event (see schedule)

—And tons of free comics and more!

We can’t even begin to tell you about the free stuff we’ll have at all our panels!

—Exclusive Knight Errant print at the Star Wars panel

—Miniprint of Steranko’s Dark Horse Presents #3 ultravariant cover at the DHP panel

—Limited print of our reveal wall at the Reveal panel

—Limited Conan poster at the Rose McGowan signing

—Limited print of an exclusive new project at the Menton3/Reynolds panel

There’s even an exclusive Goon temporary tattoo with any purchase from the Dark Horse store on site at San Diego Comic-Con.

Oh, and Friday, July 22, at 4 p.m., we’ll have an exclusive ticket giveaway to the screening of Gantz 2 in collaboration with New People. Make sure you stop by!

See you at the booth. Try and collect all the SWAG!

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