Criminal Macabre:The Eyes of Frankenstein #3 Review

by Christine Caprilozzi

Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein #3 Review 

by Christine Caprilozzi


Writer: Steve Niles

Artist: Christopher Mitten 

Publisher: Dark Horse

Release Date: November 27, 2013

Rating: 8 out of 10


Synopsis: While Cal and Frankenstein go shopping for human eyes, a strange stage magician reveals why the ghoul population is dying out.

Our Thoughts: The third issue of “Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein” brings the audience and the monster just that much closer to regaining sight. However, there’s much more to this series, if you’ve been paying attention, than just Frankenstein’s eyes. Without giving too much away, readers are treated to some incredible bloody fight scenes, as well as demonic overtures that shake even Cal. The series definitely continues to hold the reader’s interest, as well as peak it. One can’t help but wonder where the hell Niles is going next on this trip.

I feel like I’m being redundant because I’ve said it before.  However, Niles is a master at character development.  Without overdoing it, he breathes humanity into the ghoulish Cal McDonald.  Sure it’s alcohol, cigarettes, and sarcasm, but THAT right there is what makes him relatable.  Fans root for him as a hero, but identify with him because of his flaws. 

Mitten’s artwork holds steady and is able to keep up with the story.  He delivers the goods with the gory nature of some of the scenes.  Let’s just say any type of eyeball scene creeps me out…this one may make you cringe too.

If you haven’t started the Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein series yet, you will have no problem starting now and getting up to speed. If you have been reading, issue #3 continues to build the story and suspense with the same quality comic fans are used to. This is one that should be on your list for November 27th.

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