Thursday, September 29, 2022

Criminal Macabre: Final Night - The 30 Days of Night Crossover – review

Author: Steve Niles

Artist: Christopher Mitten

First published: 2013 (tpb)

Contains spoilers

The Blurb: In this epic crossover with publisher IDW, Steve Niles's greatest characters come together in a final showdown! Cal McDonald only wanted a beer, but what he got was a jaded federal agent and a story about vampires up in Barrow, Alaska. There's a new vamp in LA, and he's hell bent on bringing mankind to its knees!

The review: The third instalment of the 30 Days of Night story, which saw Eben go off the rails and embrace the darkness within, Run, Alice, Run, felt frustrating as it left too much unanswered and too many threads dangling free. This crossover event with Niles’ Criminal Macabre series answers those questions and tidies those threads in a rewarding way.

Of course, being a crossover, it has characters from Criminal Macabre, namely occult detective Cal McDonald and the ghouls he works with (the ghouls being the one type of supernatural creature aligned with humanity). If you are not familiar with that series, worry not – neither was I, but the crossover works anyway (certain aspects, such as McDonald’s consistent spewing meant little but did not get in the way of the story). The story brings Alice Blood and Eben’s narratives to a conclusion and neatly finishes the main 30 Days story arc.

As well as the story working well the art fits the story, including the Eben design pushing the character into a monstrous, vampiric visage. 7.5 out of 10.

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In Paperback @ Amazon UK

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