Issue by Issue – Night Force Vol.2 #9

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

The ninth issue of Night Force opens with a man in pain and some people who have just broken into Wintersgate Manor, something nobody should have been able to do without Baron Winters knowing about it. So to say the Baron finds it a little disconcerting is putting it lightly, not that he would ever let anyone know about such a thing. What follows is a conversation and a multitude of threats, both sly and overt between the two parties and finally a plea for help as the man that is in pain in his exclamations and ramblings asked to see the Baron. From this point writer Marv Wolfman and artist Matt Smith delve a little into the strange as the Baron tries to figure out just what it is that is wrong with the man, encountering a woman who proclaims him the only one being able to help and a sort of revelation about how the stranger is the Eleventh Man. This man it seems was proceeded by ten others and currently, he is only a host until the twelfth one is found which shall be a temporary host until the thirteenth and that host shall be none other than Baron Winters. To prevent this, the Baron enlists the help of a man named Zadok, one whom he has betrayed in the past and yet one that is still willing to aid him if only for the chance to have the Baron owe him something. In the end, the book leaves off with a cliff-hanger, one that was definitely unforeseen but one that fits in perfectly with all the weirdness that Wolfman has permeated the series with. The continual problem with this book are those times when Wolfman transitions from certain scenes to others, there not being much of a flow to it and it therefore sometimes being a little confusing, that being perfectly encapsulated with the arrival of the nameless woman during the mid-part of the book. Sometimes Wolfman and company transition things really well while at times they do not and this particular issue, while not as bad as the last one, still could have been much better than it turned out to be. Still, there was some coherence present and a story for one to follow, so that at least was an improvement.

2.5 out of 5

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