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Criminal Macabre: Cell Block 666 (Criminal Macabre: A Cal McDonald Mystery #6)

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Cal McDonald faces his greatest challenge yet hard time! Framed in the death of a cop, Cal finds himself at the mercy of a sadistic and corrupt police force. But now, in some of the bleakest moments of his life, the things that make him different from the rest of the world might be the only things capable of keeping his sorry butt out of deeper trouble. Because it turns ou ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Dark Horse Comics
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And yeah, I know what I'm doing. I saw a guy do this incantation once.

What could possibly go wrong?

Back in volume 4, we learned of a councilman who wants Cal's head on a platter. Here's where he gets it. Cal is finally captured and quickly railroaded through the court system with trumped up charges and a corrupt judge. 5-10 years just like that. And just like that we have a story involving Cal being in prison and trying to figure out how he's getting out.

It's fine, overall. The corrupt cops/j
Paul Mirek
Niles pares down his hard-boiled, hard-drinking supernatural detective to the essentials here, and the result is one of the better entries in the series to date. The councilman who's been dogging Cal's steps finally catches up with him, landing our "hero" in prison with an assortment of ne'er-do-wells. You can probably guess how things go from there (poorly).

The work of artist Nick Stakal was new to me. I really dug his sketchy figure-work and chiaroscuro layouts. I did find the ending to be a l
Clark Hallman
Apr 03, 2015 Clark Hallman rated it really liked it
Criminal Macabre: Cell Block 666 by Steve Niles (story), Nick Stakal (art) and Michelle Madsen (Colors), et al – This Cal McDonald mystery graphic novel from Dark Horse Books features Cal as a private investigator who seems to specialize in supernatural phenomena such as ghouls and other undead creatures. He is arrested for the murder of one of his few human friends and does some hard time in prison. Niles’ story provides very interesting characters and lots of violent action. I intend to read m ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Joe rated it liked it
I liked this book.Very Dark and cool with a hard boiled protagonist cop.I should probably have read more of the earlier volumes before picking this up but this was all I could get a hold of and I still liked it.It wasn't that hard to follow.I would have given it four stars if it didn't seem so similar in tone to the Hellblazer series which i am also a fan of. But despite that I still felt it was a cool read with some originality of it's own.Will definitely keep reading more of this series when I ...more
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Shelves: graphic-novel
Pretty good graphic novel about this guy named Cal who helps ghouls out even though he is human. I am not sure why I picked this up but I am glad I did. The story had plenty of action even though the ghouls looked a little gross. But I guess they are supposed to be gross. Cal is set up by one of the ghouls and the Mayor is able to send him to prison just because he does not like Cal. They then locate the traitor ghoul and find out some more political secrets. I read this book in twenty minutes s ...more
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STEVE NILES is one of the writers responsible for bringing horror comics back to prominence, and was recently named by Fangoria magazine as one of it's "13 rising talents who promise to keep us terrified for the next 25 years."

Niles is currently working for the four top American comic publishers - Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse. He got his start in the industry when he formed his own publishing
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