Criminal Macabre: The Eyes Of Frankenstein #1

Criminal Macabre: The Eyes Of Frankenstein #1

Writer: Steve Niles Artist: Christopher Mitten Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 25, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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While dealing with ghouls dying all around him and his own mysterious illness, occult detective Cal McDonald encounters the Frankenstein’s monster, who needs a new set of eyes. Can a rich entertainer who claims to be the world’s foremost authority on the supernatural help the monster regain its sight?

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Sean M. Thompson Jun 18, 2014

    For fans of supernatural detectives and monsters, and especially for Niles fans, this is a must have. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Sep 16, 2013

    This story follows the 30 Days of Night war. Niles was clever to make the people think that the war with the vampires was the end, but it in actual fact was only the beginning. With so many abnormalities occurring simultaneously, this issue gives you the sense that a great threat is about to emerge. Who or what that threat is, is the question. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Lonmonster Sep 27, 2013

    Overall, The Eyes of Frankenstein #1 is a great addition to Niles Criminal Macabre universe, and the readers will be curious to see what he has in store for Cal and the iconic monster. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 25, 2013

    A war between vampires and ghouls, a concept as old as the Hatfields and the McCoys, and done to death across various media becomes slightly different and much more interesting through a humorous lens. Instead of being dark and foreboding, "Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein" #1 is vibrant and entertaining, like the "Beyond Belief" segment of "Thrilling Adventure Hour." Unlike "Thrilling Adventure Hour," however, this series features a little more blue language, which humanizes the protagonist all the more despite his ghoulish claims. After finishing this issue, I wish I could have all four parts of this story for a light-hearted read while waiting to hand out candy to this year's trick-or-treaters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Zack Davisson Sep 24, 2013

    This first issue is doing the necessary stage setting. It ties up some loose ends from Final Night (Nope, that wasn't the Big Finale) and continues with the mysterious sickness that is killing the ghouls. In Criminal Macabre lore, ghouls are all but indestructible but for some reason they are wasting away and dying. Oh, and a cultish demon baby has been born, which is always a good sign. Especially when the mother explodes on birth and the baby goes missing. Boom! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Sep 24, 2013

    Criminal Macabre books are too often somewhat bland, but Eyes of Frankenstein #1 was a pleasant surprise. Although treading familiar ground, this book just felt more fun than previous stories. The sense of mystery set amidst the dark, gritty world of Cal McDonald, mixed with a subtly light-hearted undertone was very enjoyable and has set the bar higher for the next issue. The additional commentary on literature and classic horror stories was also excellently executed. Aside from the evolved story-telling apparent in this latest installment, this was one of the best looking Criminal Macabre books from recent arcs. If you have enjoyed these characters in the past, now is a great time to jump back into Cals world because things just got a whole lot better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Adam Kelly Sep 25, 2013

    The art fit the feel of the book perfectly. It's almost sketch-like, there's not much detail but there's not anything lacking either. There's a lot to love about this book: it's easy to follow, the two main characters are crazy but loveable, and the introduction of Frankenstein and his problem only induce more questions. Since he's a monster but now a friend of Cal, whose side will he fight on in the war? How does Cal plan to help him find new eyes? I guess we'll have to find out in issue #2, an issue I will certainly be checking out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Russell Johnson Sep 24, 2013

    The first issue of this Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankensteinplot line is mostly set-up, a lot of mystery and don't expect a lot of back story which is fine by me and quite frankly is welcomed. Let me find out some things on my own and if I have to go back then even better. McDonald seems like a highly unlikable character but one well worth reading as his layers simply peel away when confronted by adversary. OK the book's not "simple," in the strictest definition, but it is simple to enjoy and fun while reading. Can't wait to see what issue #2 has in store. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Culture Mass - Joshua Eubanks Sep 25, 2013

    It piqued my interest, it made me laugh, and the characters felt real and alive to me. The art is a little sketchier than I usually like, but I didn't detect any real mistakes"that is to say, the anatomy was on point, faces stayed recognizable, and the events flowed from one panel to the next logically. There were also a few facial expressions that made me chuckle to myself. So, to sum up, I'm recommending this book. It kept me entertained and interested the whole way through, and not once did I even feel like I needed to check to see how many pages I had left. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Sep 25, 2013

    Despite the visual storytelling not being on par, the narrative is quite good, the characters are intriguing and this first issue does accomplish its goal of coaxing the readers curiosity and leading them hungrily to issue two. Read Full Review

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