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Review: ‘Criminal Macabre/30 Days of Night: Final Night’ #3

As the epic crossover of two horror comics continues, Criminal Macabre/30 Days of Night: Final Night #3 adds to the excitement with a major twist. Writer Steve Niles hits his readers with a surprise they won’t see coming. With such great visuals, there is no shying away from the blood and guts.

WRITTEN BY: Steve Niles
ART BY: Christopher Mitten
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics/IDW Publishing
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 27th, 2013

Niles lets loose on the action as Cal and Eben finally have their first confrontation. With his prime days gone, Cal can barely stand and keep everything in his stomach. Niles has hinted that Cal isn’t ready for this epic battle as he has been puking up buckets of black bile. With his humanity completely gone, Eben isn’t going to take pity on Cal, just because he is slow and vulnerable. There is no possible way Cal is going to make it out of this alive.

Since the first issue, the vampires have been carrying out hate crimes against the ghouls, the so-called traitors to Eben’s cause. To make a loud statement, the vamps murdered someone close to Mo’Lock. Repressing his anger, Mo’Lock has stayed in the sidelines, knowing Cal needs him the most. But when Mo’Lock finally meets Eben, he cannot control the rage that has been building inside of him. If you analyze these characters, Mo’Lock and Eben, they both follow a similar path. The only difference is that Cal happens to be the only person who can keep Mo’Lock’s head in the game.

The artwork by Christopher Mitten stands out when the ghouls and vampires confront each other in the middle of the streets. Mitten illustrates this battle to look like a riot, as both sides attack each other with their fists. To heighten the tension, the ghouls start throwing Molotov cocktails into the fight. By the end, you won’t know who is a ghoul or vampire, because they are either caked in blood or burning to death.

The most exciting panels are when Eben and Cal finally meet. In wide shots, Mitten adds suspense as he presents the lonely Cal being outnumbered and outgunned. Like a western shootout, Cal and Eben face each other, with their hands close to their sides. Readers will definitely be surprised with what happens here.

The cliffhanger at the closing pages of “Criminal Macabre/30 Days of Night: Final Night” #3 will leave readers wanting more. Fans of “30 Days of Night” and “Criminal Macabre” will definitely be asking themselves, “It can’t end this way, right?”

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis



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