** The following review while careful not to reveal any actual spoilers from this issue, it does tease the reader with hints as well as spoilers from issues past. Please feel free to purchase this issue on Wednesday **
I don’t normally review the works of Steve Niles as I obviously would seem quite biased, however as Steve once said “all reviews are biased” and so when I first saw Dark Horse Comics teasing that “Change You Can Believe In!” cover graphic, I knew I wanted to read this comic. Which to me also meant that I could unbiasedly say that I definitely wanted to review it.
This comic even starts off in one of my favorite Horror/Action fashions, mildly deprecated with excellent Steve Niles candor and a drink. As always Christopher Mitten delivers fabulously grim and well-considered art to set the scene. No strangers to working together, the team of Mitten and Niles flow seamlessly throughout the tale aided by Michelle Madsen’s coloring setting the tone.
Niles’ plot setup is complex and intriguing. Cal is his usually witty self and you can tell Steve had a lot of fun writing him this issue. Also, excellent setup for whatever issue may come next, so I suspect you may be getting another one of these reviews out of me when the time comes.
If you haven’t been reading Criminal Macabre this is actually a perfect issue to jump in on before Niles and Mitten kick off “Final Night”, the epic upcoming IDW/Dark Horse Comics crossover of 30 Days of Night and of course Criminal Macabre. This issue is a prefect way to get acquainted with Cal McDonald, and I highly recommend it. Also… it is an election week. –N