Review: ‘Criminal Macabre/30 Days of Night: Final Night’ #2

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With tons of blood-splattering action, Criminal Macabre/30 Days of Night: Final Night #2 kicks up the excitement, boasting a great crossover of two horror titles. One of these two franchises won’t make it out alive from the war between vampires and humans. From the looks of it, we’ll be kept guessing who will be left standing in the end.

WRITTEN BY: Steve Niles
ART BY: Christopher Mitten
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics/IDW Publishing
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: January 30, 2013

In an epic crossover event, Steve Niles’ two comic creations come together for a final showdown. From “30 Days of Night,” Eben Olemaun has been building an army of vampires and strategizing attacks on FBI buildings. After sacrificing his life to save the citizens of Barrow, Alaska, Eben wants vengeance for the loss of his wife, Stella. With his humanity completely gone, Eben has nothing left to lose. The only person who can get in his way is Cal McDonald, the supernatural private investigator from the “Criminal Macabre” series. The vampires have just made a fatal decision by killing someone close to Mo’Lock. The future of the human race is at stake as Cal and Eben must battle to the death.

In a clever take on the horror genre, Niles uses vampirism as a metaphor for domestic terrorism. In an interesting note, the vampires are committing hate crimes against the ghouls, who want nothing to do with the Eben’s war. Because they choose to side with the humans, Eben deems the ghouls as traitors to his cause, Eben is creepy and dangerous, as he takes on a “you’re either with me or against me” attitude.

Because the crossover means an end to one of his series, Niles is building suspense as the story heads towards the final destination. Cal is at his weakest as he kneels over and vomits black bile. Even when Cal tries to smooth talk Alice Blood, he can barely stand on his own two feet. There is no possible way Cal would make it out alive from a confrontation with Eben.

In a stand-out scene, Christopher Mitten plays around with Niles’ dialogue between Alice and Cal. Hinting at a weird attraction to each other, Cal shows off to Alice his trophies from his previous supernatural battles. To highlight the flirtation, Mitten illustrates the smirks and winks in the facial expressions. In a wide shot, Alice and Cal choose not to face each other as they turn around and drink.

The most exciting panels are when Eben launches a full-scale attack on Cal’s filthy and messy home. During the siege, the vampires jump through windows and crawl across the ceiling. At its most violent, Cal knocks the jaw off of a vampire, as he swings his shotgun at him. The only way to stop these bloodsuckers is a shot to the forehead.

With its combination of pulp noir and horror, “Criminal Macabre/30 Days of Night: Final Night” #2 promises a no-holds barred showdown between these fan-favorite characters.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis