According to the official press release, 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.”
Niles is excited to return to the character, and he has “… been writing Cal McDonald since I was in my 20’s and to this day he is the most fun to write. I couldn’t be happier to see him come back with Gyula Nemeth doing the art. I think fans of Cal will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully a little horrified.”
Cal McDonald made his comics debut in 1990 in Fly in My Eye: Daughters of Fly In My Eye from Arcane Comix. Niles character received wider exposure in his next adventure called “Hairball”, which was serialized in Dark Horse Presents #102-105 in 1996. Many series followed, including two novels outside of the comic book medium. McDonald last appeared in Dark Horse’s The Third Child mini-series in 2014.
Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #1 (of four) goes on sale December 11, 2019, at finer comic shops everywhere.