Issue by Issue – Night Force Vol.2 #8

Writer – Marv Wolfman
Artist – Matt Smith
Inker – Steve Mitchell
Colours – Lee Loughridge
Letters – John Costanza

Night Force has never been the easiest book to follow unless readers were actually buying all of the issues and Marv Wolfman who has been scribing all of their adventures never felt the need for recaps which would be most helpful, especially to those new to the title. When picking up the eighth issue, whether a new reader or an old one, it is immediately hard to figure out what is going on as it is the second part of a four-part crossover between three other books, those being The Book of Fate, Scare Tactics and Challengers of the Unknown and thus if Wolfman could have provided some sort of method to catch readers up it would have made it a far more enjoyable experience. As it stands, the book finds Baron Winters defending his home from the likes of a being called The Child who has managed to finagle its way inside with the unwitting help of a woman while its compatriots sit somewhere else observing. They want to get control of his portal to the Conclave which Winters knows he must prevent at all costs. This does lead to some tiny little revelations over the course of the issue like the fact that the Baron comes from the past, he is not a member of the Conclave though he sometimes speaks for them and that he can be sent back to where he came from, where that is though is never mentioned. Also in this book is Prince Topaz from Gemworld who is working for Amethyst though she herself does not appear in the book. There is mention of her needing power and trying to attain all that she can, though for what is also never revealed. There is a bit of action present, a lot of mystery namely for the fact that much of what is going on is without a lot of context and a woman who may or may not play a larger part in the scheme of this crossover, though without reading the other parts, it is hard to say whether she does so or not. All in all, this is probably one of the worst issues of Night Force to have ever been released at this point and not because the talent is not there, but thanks to a crossover that seems to have been foisted upon it without giving readers a way to essentially know what is going on.

2 out of 5

2 replies »

  1. I can see not doing recaps for a story JUST running in Night Force, but when it crosses over from another title some kind of catch-up should be provide.

    Given that this was written in the days before Trade Paperback collections for EVERYTHING, there was no need to worry about messing up the story flow in the collected edition.

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