On Thursday, Dark Horse Comics announced the return of Criminal Macabre with the all-new series The Big Bleed Out, debuting in December. Series creator Steve Niles will team up with artist Gyula Németh and letterer Nate Piekos for this four-issue mini-series starring supernatural detective Cal McDonald.

At the start of Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out, Cal is wandering the streets as a disheveled vagrant. Then he’s ripped from his self-imposed retirement to resume monster killing, but he is reluctant to dive back into the fray. The question is, why? The Big Bleed Out traces the story of what’s got Cal so shaken, tracing the story all the way back to a beautiful vampire.

“I’ve been writing Cal McDonald since I was in my 20s and to this day he is the most fun to write. I couldn’t be happier to see him come back with Gyula Németh doing the art,” Niles said in a statement. “I think fans of Cal will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully a little horrified.”

Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #1 hits shelves December 11, 2019. Check out the cover art below and pre-order through your local comic shop.

Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #1