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Issue by Issue – Night Force Vol.2 #4

Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Eduardo Barreto
Colours – Adrienne Roy
Letters – John Costanza

Every year, Baron Winters must deliver a package. To whom is never fully explained, though readers might make a guess as to who it might be and that is yet another mysterious thing about the Baron that writer Marv Wolfman introduces, another question to add to a long list of question marks. With the Baron being the way he is and the man always looking for something interesting to occupy his time, this repetitive task he must complete, even though it is only once a year, is something he does not want to do and so farms it out to someone who might make it more than a little interesting. Father Sanchez is just that man, a priest who has been having some doubts of late about his god and about the gift of free will and choice given to mankind. He has been seeing it as something of a mistake of late and it has caused him to doubt his faith. Leave it to the Baron to take advantage of the man then who agrees to deliver the Baron’s package, not knowing what it might hold in store. At this point as the book moves into the last two-thirds of the story, the horror ramps up as Father Sanchez discovers that he is being pursued by demons who want the package he carries. They are quite vile, to say the least, and while he cannot believe his eyes, he knows that they must be real. Soon it is discovered that within the box he carries is an angel trapped within a glass dome after it is ripped asunder and it that revelation is something that is hard for him to accept, especially given all of his recent doubts. Thankfully, when all is said and done, after all the action that takes place and of the horror that pursues him has come to an end, Father Sanchez has discovered a kind of peace within himself while elsewhere, the Baron contemplates his place in the scheme of things and of the packages he must continue to deliver year after year after year. Altogether, Wolfman and artist Eduardo Barreto delivered a decent tale, one that sheds a very minor light on a piece of what the Baron’s place in the world is, still without really revealing anything of note about the man other than he is one of power, given the responsibility he must bear.

3 out of 5

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