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Cal McDonald is a hard living, hard drinking, son-of-a-bitch
that takes no crap from anyone, living or dead. He'll take any case as long you
pay, from finding lost dogs to exorcising ghosts. Unfortunately for him, it's
usually the latter of the two. CRIMINAL MACABRE has been a staple of creator
Steve Niles’ repertoire for as long as he’s been writing. His first appearance
in 1990 has since spawned several limited comics series and three books, making
Cal McDonald everyone's favorite supernatural detective. CRIMINAL MACABRE: THE
IRON SPIRIT, is a new addition to the mythos, once again shoving Cal into the
strange and unknown world of ghosts, ghouls, and grudges.
As the comic opens, we find Cal curled around a bottle of
Jack, nursing a raging case of insomnia while cursing the slow passage of time.
Suddenly, a knock at the door draws him out of his half-awake state to reveal a
badly bruised old man looking to hire the detective for a case. Dressed to the
nines in military attire, the old man begins explains that there is a secret
bunker built right under the feet of LA, a place where the government did
experiments away from the prying eyes of civilians.
After being coaxed to the sewers, the detective gets an
unexpected surprise deep down under the city; the failed result of a government
job gone wrong. Now it's up to him to bring peace to the world below while helping
the General fight some demons of his own.
THE IRON SPIRIT is both a great starter kit for those who
have just discovered the series, and a perfect addition for longtime fans. Niles’
writing is as fresh and hard-boiled as ever, while artist Scott Morse adds a
little something new to the book. Instead of a traditional comic styling, the
book uses large, one page art pieces surrounded by text more akin to art books
than the comic world. Each piece is a water-colored splash of dark hues
superimposed over beautiful, but simplistic, pencil drawings reminiscent of old
crime comics such as Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT. The comic will be released in an
oversized, coffee-table book perfect for smashing ne'er-do-wellers in the face
and has some fun pencil tests and commentary at the end from the artist. Make
sure to grab it when it comes out, before it becomes as hard to find as real
Macabre: The Iron Spirit is out September 12 from Dark Horse Comics.
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