Review by Christine Caprilozzi
Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Christopher Mitten
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: September 25, 2013
Rating: 8 out of 10
Synopsis: While dealing with ghouls dying all around him and his own mysterious illness, occult detective Cal McDonald encounters the Frankenstein’s monster, who needs a new set of eyes. Can a rich entertainer who claims to be the world’s foremost authority on the supernatural help the monster regain its sight?
Our Thoughts: Most comic fans are already familiar with “Criminal Macabre” and the character of “Cal McDonald.” Where does Steve Niles take him in his latest journey? Well, that right there is the interesting part. It’s a new spin on a known character. Frankenstein needs Cal’s help, Frankenstein has lost his eyesight and needs help from the disheveled detective. There’s a lot going on in this issue. Niles sets this series up by building the intrigue up like the intro riff to a really great metal song, where you’re just waiting for the chaos to begin and assault your senses. The other piece to this story is the humanity, which fans have seen before in McDonald, but even somewhat in the Frankenstein monster. This is one area where Niles always excels. He makes you connect and, more importantly, care about his characters. No matter what the medium, this element is essential great story driven horror.
The artwork by Mitten, along with colors by Michelle Madsen do pretty good job at accentuating the tone of the story, as well as the dark and brooding tone of Cal himself. Whether a fan of horror comics, or any comics, “Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein” #1 is well worth the price of admission. Even if you haven’t read any of the previous “Criminal Macabre,” you will have no problem appreciating the plot Niles has laid out, and anticipating what is to come.