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Steve Niles and David Dastmalchian team up for 'Criminal Macabre/Count Crowley: From The Pit They Came'
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Steve Niles and David Dastmalchian team up for ‘Criminal Macabre/Count Crowley: From The Pit They Came’

What could be more dicey than a monster hunter with a self-destructive streak?

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Dark Horse has revealed a new team-up one-shot is on the way and it goes by the name Criminal Macabre/Count Crowley: From The Pit They Came. Out on October 26th, the one0shot will feature Steve Niles, David Dastmalchian, and artists Lukas Ketner with color by Lauren Affe.

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“Working with David and Lukas has been a thrill and way too much fun,” said Steve Niles. “Everything came together so smoothly by the time we were finished I wanted to keep going. I hope people enjoy the crossover half as much as I enjoyed working on it.”

So what’s Criminal Macabre/Count Crowley: From The Pit They Came about?

What could be more dicey than a monster hunter with a self-destructive streak? TWO monster hunters with self-destructive streaks! Plop them both into the weirdly wonderful world of fan conventions as they seek to capture a rampaging creature from deep beneath the earth, and the good times will really get rolling!

“I remember discovering Criminal Macabre in Graham Crackers comics in Chicago and immediately knowing I’d found a new favorite title,” added David Dastmalchian on the collaboration. “Steve Niles has inspired and entertained me for many years and the chance to collaborate with him on a story that unites our flawed heroes has been a highlight in my writing journey.”

Steve Niles and David Dastmalchian team up for 'Criminal Macabre/Count Crowley: From The Pit They Came'

For more on this news, read the official press release below.

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (July 19, 2022)— Horror luminaries Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre) and David Dastmalchian (Count Crowley – Writer; The Suicide Squad – Actor) are teaming up to write the Criminal Macabre/Count Crowley: From The Pit They Came one-shot! Count Crowley artist Lukas Ketner and colorist Lauren Affe return to provide art for the not-to-miss horror event of the season!      

What could be more dicey than a monster hunter with a self-destructive streak? TWO monster hunters with self-destructive streaks! Plop them both into the weirdly wonderful world of fan conventions as they seek to capture a rampaging creature from deep beneath the earth, and the good times will really get rolling!

Storied creature catcher, Cal McDonald joins forces (kind of) with novice beast buster Jerri Bartman in the Criminal Macabre/Count Crowley: From The Pit They Came!

“Working with David and Lukas has been a thrill and way too much fun,” said Steve Niles. “Everything came together so smoothly by the time we were finished I wanted to keep going. I hope people enjoy the crossover half as much as I enjoyed working on it.”

“I remember discovering Criminal Macabre in Graham Crackers comics in Chicago and immediately knowing I’d found a new favorite title,” added David Dastmalchian on the collaboration. “Steve Niles has inspired and entertained me for many years and the chance to collaborate with him on a story that unites our flawed heroes has been a highlight in my writing journey.”

Criminal Macabre/Count Crowley: From The Pit They Came one-shot will be in comic shops October 26, 2022. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

Be sure to follow Dark Horse Comics on social media for more news, announcements, and updates all throughout the convention. Join us in sharing the news and excitement with the tags @darkhorsecomics and #DHSDCC22!

Praise for Criminal Macabre and Count Crowley:

The Big Bleed Out is a great new addition to the Cal McDonald legacy. It pays homage to great characters of the old noir days like Humphrey Bogart while telling a fresh new tale.”–AIPT

Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out is a classic horror noir tale on the mean streets of LA executed to perfection.”–The Brazen Bull

“In Count Crowley, Dastmalchian and Ketner have created something comfortingly familiar and fun that simultaneously thrills and rewards the reader with also being something completely new! The deeper Jerri finds herself mired in mysteries of the macabre, the harder it is to wait for the next chapter! A great, ghoulish addition to the Dark Horse library!”–Kevin Smith 

Count Crowley is equal parts homage, heart, sadness, and scares.”–Comicbook.com


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