Issue by Issue – Night Force #4

night-force-4Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Bob Smith
Colours – Adrienne Roy
Letters – Todd Klein

Gene Colan and Marv Wolfman continue to weave their mysterious epic and being four issues in at this point, the only fault that can be had is that perhaps it is just a little too mysterious. With this issue, readers are finally given a reason as to why Vanessa Van Helsing was taken, but as to whom might be the culprits, we are still waiting. When last seen, Jack and Caine were left to die in the Thames, hot on the trail of those who captured poor Vanessa and it is only through the former’s efforts that they even survive at all. For his part, Baron Winters is just as cagey as ever, orchestrating things behind the scenes while trying to evade the questions of a detective who knows that the Baron is hiding something, he simply does not know what that might be as of yet. What this book never fails to do is to continually ratchet up the suspense, Wolfman building upon each successive event, slowly but surely. While the book continually holds your attention and you cannot wait to see what happens next, the payoffs are far and few between. It is nice to see Wolfman telling his story his way and while it does work in the long run like a good slow-burn horror from the 1970s, and though there have been a couple of reveals, it is taking an extremely long time to get there. It is the pacing and the lack of revealing very much about the bigger picture as to the various elements that tends to be a little frustrating. It is understandable to keep the Baron a mystery – every book needs that mysterious character to keep a reader’s interest piqued, but by this point in time, we should know just why he is pulling the strings and who that strange group of men are. The artwork is phenomenal of course, Colan can do no wrong no matter what it is he is penciling and he imbues horror upon each and every page. By the end of this particular story, we finally get some answers and a little action as well and like any good tale, leaves you wanting just a little more.

3.5 out of 5

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