The reign of terror is over and the mad master criminal, known as The Bloody Cardinal, is presumed to be — finally — dead. After a long spree of violence and destruction, he was trapped by police in an abandoned asylum which burnt to the ground. The charred remains found in the ashes were presumed to have been his. However, he left behind a journal which has become highly sought after by some very obsessive and dangerous individuals. The hunt for The Bloody Cardinal’s diary has been tied to a string of violent, unsolved murders. Who is behind these crimes? One of his few surviving followers? The members of a true-crime club called S.T.A.B. (Study And Theory of Aberrant Behavior)? The psychic sleuth Doctor Sun? Or could it be The Bloody Cardinal himself, back from the grave and seeking revenge? Richard Sala is the modern master of witty and clever mystery and horror comics and graphics novels, and this latest thriller is as delightful as it is wickedly smart and funny, with some of Sala’s finest dialogue and wordplay in the service of his always lovingly rendered pages.
"You are definitely in for a treat, especially if you enjoy a devilishly good mystery." — Comics Grinder
"The Bloody Cardinal is a deep and dazzling work, and a perfect, eerie read for a dark winter’s night." — SciFiNow
"It’s described as 'a serial of madness, mystery and mayhem' and that it certainly is, as the search for a mysterious book leads to violent death and all kinds of crazies. Perfect Halloween reading." —The Beat
"If a sprawling cast of silent film-era archetypes pulled inexorably into a tight, compact mystery that goes back decades, if not centuries, and revolves around dusty forbidden tomes, masked serial killers, female adventurers, underground cults thought long dead, morally and ethically compromised psychoanalysts, unconventional police investigators, and alluring but delusional femme fatales are your cup of tea, then congratulations — you’ve just found comic book gold." — Grindhouse Comics