Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #1 Review

Title: Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #1
Publisher: Dark Horse
Words:Steve Niles
Art: Gyula Németh
Published: December 11, 2019

Publisher’s Summary: “Steve Niles! A brand-new Criminal Macabre story by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night)! A noir tale of mysteries, vampires, love, and betrayal. 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.”


Monster Hunter Cal McDonald has fallen hard, and not just into the gutter. It turns out that he might have fallen for the exact wrong kind of woman, especially for somebody in his line of work. His buddy Mo’Lock shows up to bring him home, but he would rather keep wallowing in self-pity than tell the story of what really happened. When he finally does, things go from bad to worse, and Cal finds that he is in a lot more trouble than before.

Steve Niles captures the noir vibe in all its seedy glory with Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out. This is a dark and gritty start to a creep tale with an amusing anti-hero. Cal McDonald is the epitome of the classic gumshoe who finds himself in a pickle after he meets Victoria, the ultimate femme fatale. The only sure thing is that no good is going to come from any of this, but that is ok, because that’s where the fun is.

Gyula Németh’s artwork portrays a shadowy and moody world and is perfectly attuned to the grim realities of supernatural detective work.

The Bottom Line

Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out is a classic horror noir tale on the mean streets of LA executed to perfection.

The Bottom Line
Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out is a classic horror noir tale on the mean streets of LA executed to perfection.
Grizzled Gumshoe And Femme Fatale

Dave Robbins
While wearing flannel shirts that are older than his editor, Dave works as the Associate Editor at the Brazen Bull where he often says things like: "Don't talk to me about David Lynch until you've seen Eraserhead."

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