Issue by Issue – Night Force #2

night-force-2Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Bob Smith
Colours – Adrienne Roy
Letters – John Costanza

After successfully getting Vanessa Van Helsing out of the asylum, Dr. Caine is now performing a ritual with Vanessa as the main component. Just what it is he is summoning is unknown, but it is not anything that should be upon the Earth and when Jack finally cannot take it anymore, he busts in on them and absconds with the woman. Marv Wolfman begins the issue on something of a mystery because as of yet, he has not given us a reason as to why this ceremony has to take place. In the center of it all though is Baron Winters and though he is hardly seen in this book whatsoever, his presence is felt throughout as he moves our players around as if they were on a chessboard. While Wolfman peppers this story full of mysticism and magic, not to mention a good dose of horror, he makes sure to give the reader someone to latch onto, that being Jack Gold. As an everyman, Gold is your quintessentially flawed character, a man that smokes and drinks and one who lets his vices get in the way of his career. The man is also damaged and perhaps at some point Wolfman will get into his origin, but for the moment, we have to see him trying to play hero while also failing at it simultaneously. Dr. Caine is equally as fascinating – a man who is a master of his craft, but one who may just be in over his head with Vanessa, especially once he is able to continue his experiment. Gene Colan, a veritable master of horror lends his talents to the story that Wolfman weaves and it is a beautiful sight to behold. Despite there being nothing overly frightening, the man is able to set the mood so that it almost feels like there is a horror lurking in the background. More than likely, part of that can be chalked up to suspense and expectation, but when the last act of the book is upon the reader, it all comes to fruition and readers are rewarded with both horror and tragedy. With a very interesting cast and enough mystery to keep one pondering between issues, Night Force is cementing itself as one fantastic title.

4 out of 5

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