Issue by Issue – Night Force #7

night-force-7Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Bob Smith
Colours – Michele Wolfman
Letters – Todd Klein

All hell has broken loose at the Russian facility in Siberia thanks to their ill-intentions involving Vanessa Van Helsing. As such, all of her psychic energy and every bad feeling she has ever felt has been made manifest in a gigantic, demonic form made of fire and it is by no means, taking any prisoners. Carnage reins absolute and it might as well be Vanessa herself doing the deed, killing and destroying whatever she sees. After years of pent-up emotions, after being humiliated and hurt, locked up and tested on and then subjected to everything else under the sun, Vanessa’s anger and rage know no bounds. Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan bring the horror of Vanessa’s situation, of her life, front and center and it is not a pretty thing. To hear what she has gone through from the mouth of a monster is terrible indeed and even worse is seeing what happens to those on the wrong end of her wrath. Also in the Russian facility is Jack and Caine, two men that Wolfman and Colan have put through the ringer of late and with this issue, it only gets worse. For Caine, the man loses both an arm and a leg and some might say it is karmic justice for what he put Vanessa through in earlier issues. You have to feel bad for the man though as he has also lost his wife on top of the recent tragedy to befall him and despite all of that, he was here to help rescue Vanessa, realizing that maybe he was wrong in all of this. As for Jack, he too had come to rescue Vanessa and while he remains largely unscathed, he must swear his love for Vanessa even though he feels none for her. He knows that his proclamations may be the only thing that keeps her from killing him, the only thing to calm her down and perhaps the only thing that will continue to keep her from losing control once again. Once again, this was a beautifully wrought issue through and through by the creative team and one that leaves everyone’s fates up in the air, including that of Baron Winters.

4 out of 5

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