Issue by Issue – Night Force #12

night-force-12Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Gene Colan
Inker – Bob Smith
Colours – Michele Wolfman
Letters – Todd Klein

Baron Winters and Vanessa Van Helsing are unknowingly walking into a trap and that is never a good thing, especially when dealing with men as powerful at the ones they are trying to stop. As seen in the previous issue, courtesy of Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan, these men have a lot to lose if discovered or should they be stopped, and as the Baron has overplayed his hand, he and Vanessa are about to pay the price. As the cover of this book so beautifully elaborated, our heroes must face a monstrosity, a creature born of darkness and of those seven men and it is not anything that the Baron has planned for. That being said, there is nothing to do but run. It is here in the story that Wolfman finally shows the reader a side of the Baron that we have never seen before, namely weakness. Once he does so, that weakness is present throughout the rest of the story and it definitely paints another picture of the Baron that you never thought to see. Up until now, he has been the grandmaster, the puppeteer pulling the strings, all-knowing and all-confident and more importantly, unafraid. Not only is the Baron slightly afraid, but he is also confused as he is sure that he has seen that creature before. All of this leads to a confrontation with someone he never thought to converse with again and it too makes the Baron more than just a little uncomfortable. As Wolfman and Colan keep the Baron busy, they also send Vanessa and Jack on a mission on the Baron’s behalf to investigate the old house which started the whole mess. Suffice it to say, as the Baron has not solved anything as of yet, the ghosts of these conspirators still reside within and that means that Jack and Vanessa are walking straight into a trap. Things are heating up exponentially for our heroes and the creators of this book are not taking it lightly on them. With incredible artwork by Gene Colan, the excitement becomes more palpable and it leaves the reader wanting more which as always, is the best possible way to end a story.

4 out of 5

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