Issue by Issue – Night Force Vol.2 #6

Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Shawn Martinbrough
Inker – John Lowe
Colours – Lee Loughridge
Letters – John Costanza

The book begins in the year 1276 in the middle of a February snowstorm at a castle where a man named Albertus Magnus resides and he is holding a conference with some of his compatriots who marvel at his garden and its ability to be green and pleasant as if it were a summers day. It then cuts back to the present, to that same sterile whiteness on which the previous book left off which one has to assume has something to do with Magnus, though for the moment, it is not yet made clear by writer Marv Wolfman. It finally gets into the meat of things on two fronts, one involving Jack Gold and his ex-wife Vanessa Van Helsing and on the other, the cannibal killer who is still having those very strange dreams that were so prominent in the last issue. Those dreams it seems, are tied to those who are in that laboratory as they look to subdue the killer so that their boss might bolster his strength by somehow psychically feeding off of him and yet the killer continues to resist and the scientists are unable to determine just how it is happening. As for Gold and Vanessa, they spend an intimate night together and suddenly find themselves in the past in 1986 to be exact, courtesy of the Baron who has sent them there to determine just what it is that they are facing. For his part, the Baron has no idea at the moment who or what is behind the dreams or what made the cannibal killer do what he did, but that is why he has a Night Force and he has no qualms on using them in any way he sees fit. Wolfman spins a good yarn, the story continuing from the last while being both horrific at times and completely engaging. Joined by Shawn Martinbrough on pencils with an assist from John Lowe on inks, the book is incredibly moody with some disturbing scenes, perhaps more so than any other issue previous to this including the first series from the early 1980s. There are some questions raised, the first and most obvious being about the garden of Magnus as it seems to link he and the Baron together, the Baron having a very similar garden of his own. Whether this gets explained or not remains to be seen but it does paint a much larger mystery and when factoring in the rest of the story with Gold and the so-called villain who may or may not be at fault for his actions makes it all a very worthwhile read.

4 out of 5

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